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Poem for Wednesday and <lj comm


Metaphors of a Magnifico
By Wallace Stevens


Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
Into twenty villages,
Or one man
Crossing a single bridge into a village.

This is old song
That will not declare itself . . .

Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are
Twenty men crossing a bridge
Into a village.

That will not declare itself
Yet is certain as meaning . . .

The boots of the men clump
On the boards of the bridge.
The first white wall of the village
Rises through fruit-trees.
Of what was it I was thinking?
So the meaning escapes.

The first white wall of the village . . .
The fruit-trees . . .

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wednesday100, the "Smallville character favorite person, place or thing" challenge: "Collectible"

As for Smallville...any episode without Helen is an improvement on any episode with Helen, no matter how much annoying high school Chloe and Lana angst we must contend with. I love Lionel's attitude toward his son's fiancee -- forget her name, treat her as completely inconsequential, and it will make her so. Any episode with Lionel is an improvement on just about everything. And any episode that contains a Clark/Lex eye-fuck has justified its existence for that alone. God I'm shallow.

And as for what follows, I'll own up to the gluttony and lust, but where did the high score for violence come from? I said no to all the questions about punching people, hurting myself and others, using bombs in war, etc.!

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Third Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Very High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Moderate
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

In the third circle, you find yourself amidst eternal rain, maledict, cold, and heavy. The gluttons are punished here, lying in the filthy mixture of shadows and of putrid water. Because you consumed in excess, you meet your fate beneath the cold, dirty rain, amidst the other souls that there lay unhappily in the stinking mud. Cerebus, a canine monster cruel and uncouth with his three heads and red eyes, dwells in this level. He growls and tears at the damned with his teeth and claws.

Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test
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