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The Rubaiyat-parody
quatrain #2

Seeking that old thrill that begins anew
I heard a cry within, ‘I need a shot!’
‘Yeah with a monkey on my back,’ a fix
Is all needed to please the slave driver.
benny

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Omar Khayyam’s Rubáiyát
1.

Arise! For morning has knocked the night-
Out like nine pins and out of sight, it’s plain.
And Lo! Each one is out to make the most,
The Game of Life starts anew: place your bets!

benny

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Young Nasruddin was having his first ride. Suleiman his father was sure the boy of 12 was old enough to ride the family donkey by himself.
With all the siblings watching him the boy had to prove he was as good as they.
But the animal was restive sensing the rider was a novice. The animal slipped and slid as the boy climbed her. ‘Get on from the good side Boy’ his father said.’
The boy said, ‘That is the trouble: never trust a donkey that shies away from the good side.’

benny

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The fact the composer was buried in an unmarked grave is too well known to repeat here. The cure for the illness from which he died was discovered only a few years after his death. A blizzard and sleet drove away the mourners who had come to pay their last respects.
Shortly before the composer’s death the Emperor Josef II had passed a decree, evidently to discourage the Viennese tendency to erect opulent tombs more in vying with one another to show off their wealth,- and as a result a grave stone was not thought of for the occasion.
He was unlucky that there is no truly authentic portrait extant for posterity to conceive of a composer who set down the very voice of God in musical language. A death mask was made and was accidentally smashed.

This child prodigy was fortune’s fool and yet no one who has listened to his music can ever refuse a kinship that is nurtured only in realm that matters, one’s soul. He is a soul-mate for anyone who seek for consolation in times of weal or woe beyond one’s immediate circumstances.
benny

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