26 September 2011

Similar Cases (extract)

Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman

There was once a little animal,
      No bigger than a fox,
And on five toes he scampered
      Over Tertiary rocks.
They called him Eohippus,
      And they called him very small,
And they thought him of no value --
      When they thought of him at all;
For the lumpish old Dinoceras
      And Coryphodon so slow
Were the heavy aristocracy
      In days of long ago.

Said the little Eohippus,
      “I am going to be a horse!
And on my middle finger-nails
      To run my earthly course!
I’m going to have a flowing tail!
      I’m going to have a mane!
I’m going to stand fourteen hands high
      On the psychozoic plain!”

The Coryphodon was horrified,
      The Dinoceras was shocked;
And they chased young Eohippus,
      But he skipped away and mocked.
Then they laughed enormous laughter,
      And they groaned enormous groans.
And they bade young Eohippus
      Go view his father’s bones.
Said they, “You always were as small
      And mean as now we see,
And that’s conclusive evidence
      That you’re always going to be.
What! Be a great, tall, handsome beast,
      With hoofs to gallop on?
Why! You’d have to change your nature!
      Said the Loxolophodon.
They considered him disposed of,
      And retired with gait serene;
That was the way they argued
      In “the early Eocene”.

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