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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Variation on a Theme By Jonathan Mayhew

"On the Stove / The Water is boiling"

i.

"On the stove
the water is boiling"

Where else did you expect it to boil?

ii.

"The water is boiling"

"The blackbird must be flying"


iii.

The water is boiling

Not much else is going on

iv.

I understand why the kettle whistles

I grasp that mechanism

But not why the bacon sizzles

v.

The kettle is whistling

Why are we symmetrical?

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