Sunday, January 21, 2007

Communicable disease among rabbits


Rabbits they say
Are very scarce to-day
My diagnosis?

- Spike Milligan


Caught in the center of a soundless field
While hot inexplicable hours go by
What trap is this? Where were its teeth concealed?
You seem to ask.
I make a sharp reply,
then clean my stick. I'm glad I can't explain
Just in what jaws you were to supporate:
You may have thought things would come right again
If you could only keep quite still and wait.

- Philip Larkin (1955)


The mongrel cat came home
Holding half a head
Proceeded to show it off
To all his new-found friends

He said, "I've been to where I like.
"I've slept with who I like.
"She ate me up for breakfast.
"She screwed me in a vice.
"But now,I don't know why I feel so tongue tied."

I sat in the cupboard
And wrote it down in neat

They were cheering and waving
cheering and waving
twitching and salivating
like with myxomatosis.

But it got edited fucked up
Strangled beaten up
Used as a photo in Time magazine
Buried in a burning black hole in Devon

And now, I don't know why I feel so tongue tied.
Don't know why I feel so skinned a- live.

My thoughts are misguided and a little naïve
I twitch and I salivate
like with myxomatosis.

You should put me in a home or you should
Put me down
I got myxomatosis.
I got myxomatosis.

Yeah and no one likes a smart arse
But we all like stars(Oh please)
That wasn't my intention(blah blah)
I did it for a reason (reason)

It must've got mixed up
Beaten up
I got myxomatosis.
I got myxomatosis.

And now, I don't know why I feel so tongue tied.

- Radiohead. Hail the Thief (2003)


A baby rabbit
With eyes full of pus
This is the work
Of scientific us

- Spike Milligan

Myxomatosis (from the Greek μύξα (mucus), and ματώνω (to bleed)) is a disease which infects rabbits. It is caused by the myxoma virus. First observed in Uruguay in the early 1900s, it was deliberately introduced into Australia in an attempt to control rabbit infestation there.

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