Thomas Malthus

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Early each day to the steps of St Paul's
A bird-woman comes, about six.
Since the start of the time when she set up her stalls
The pigeons have borne many chicks.
"Come feed the little birds! Let them lay eggs!
Feed them, and show that you cared!"
But somehow the food supply's growing as x
While the populace grows as x squared.

Deep inside the cathedral, the priest Thomas Malthus
Is turning within his grave,
Although you can't see him, his spectre comes running,
And this is the lecture he gave:

"Feed the birds? Silence it, please!
Overcrowding leads to disease!
Bear in mind for you and them both
Expo... nential... populace growth."

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John Coopey

Sat 19th Jan 2013 20:35

Nice syllabic management, T.
I love it when you can't help but read it in its metre.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 19th Jan 2013 17:14

I marvel that there's rarely a smidgen
To be seen of a deceased pigeon;
I'll allow, if you will,
The occasional road kill
But no trace at any place of religion!
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Does anyone know where birds go to die?
I'll bet no one does - and neither do I!

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