Thursday, September 22, 2011

Variety Show

'race, dull, yawn'


The members of the human race
Are not alike in form and face;
We all exhibit odd peculiarities.
Look at the colours of the skin;
Look at each type of nose and chin;
They're different, though there are some similarities.
Right from the moment we are born,
And give that initial cry or  yawn,
Our features are in place for all to see.
It may be a baby nose at first,
But it will grow if you've been cursed
With some relation's large monstrosity.
But think how dull we'd find the world
If all hair was identi-curled
Or if all skin was of the self-same colour!
Rejoice in every oddity;
Rejoice in our variety;
Without it life would be a great deal duller.



For most of our lives we concentrate on things that are mundane...
'Do we need more Frozen Peas?' or 'Is it going to rain?'
But, sometimes, when we're gazing up at some pin-point little star,
We stop and gasp, considering exactly where we are!
'Monty Python' said it all, much more cleverly than I.
So learn 'his' words and recite them
As you look up at the sky!
From 'The Life of Brian'.
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power
The sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the Milky Way
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars
It's a hundred thousand light-years side to side
It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light-years thick
But out by us it's just three thousand light-years wide
We're thirty thousand light-years from Galactic Central Point
We go 'round every two hundred million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whiz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth
(Don't forget the great tune!)


Sheilagh Lee said...

I loved both of these

Kay L. Davies said...

You're so right about people. I'm very grateful for the variety!
And I'm pretty sure the universe is doing all those things, but it's 'way beyond my comprehension.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Anonymous said...

Spot on! Both enjoyable, thanks.

Mary said...

So true, it would be dull-dull-dull indeed if we were all alike! Nicely stated!

Andy Sewina said...

Yeah, good stuff!

Just visiting you from the 3ww linky!