the human species

The human species has given me
the right to be mortal
the duty to be civilized
a conscience
2 eyes that don’t always function very well
a nose in the middle of my face
2 feet 2 hands
speech

the human species has given me
my father and mother
some brothers maybe who knows
a whole mess of cousins
and some great-grandfathers
the human species has given me
its 3 faculties
feeling intellect and will
each in moderation 32 teeth and 10 fingers a liver
a heart and some other viscera
human species has given me
what I’m supposed to be satisfied with

Raymond Queneau

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illusion

As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today.
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

William Hughes Mearns

types I

Two women.
One when alone is exactly the same as she is in company,
the other in company exactly what she is when she is alone.
The latter holds herself badly in public,
The former puts on evening dress when she dines by herself.
One should marry neither.

Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry