Monday, December 15, 2008

LIV - Not eccentric, just off-centre.


One Minute Writer had a topic called "Nuts".
"In what way are you a little (or more than a little) crazy?"

Not eccentric, just off-centre.

A concept that does not well serve
Is normality, as shown by the bell curve.

The sensible folk, this curve puts between
Two standard deviations from the mean.

The rest are outliers, eccentrics and defected
Who are either feared, or worshiped, or elected.

I take umbrage at this, hurt and slandered:
My deviations are unique, far from standard.

True, I have faults but, withhold your smirks!
They are the essence of me; I love my quirks!

And I proudly declare, upright and formal,
If everyone was like me, I’d be quite normal.

© J Cosmo Newbery
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  1. Do you realise that half the people in the world are below average?

  2. incredible how you just churn these out. really.

    but yes. the standard deviation thing is deviant.
    and for the record, i got a C+ in statistics. not my best subject by any stretch of the imagination...

  3. Churn? Churn? Well if you mean the way one caresses cream to make the finest butter, I will forgive you!

  4. Are they fruit loops?

  5. and anyway ..
    i hate the bell curve..
    i'm rather fond of those with quirks ..

    and my own off topic alert:

    young mutton smirked at hutton
    who was contemplating wee button
    wondering if he'd need to pay a fee
    for favors that were once free ...

    young mutton leaped with joy
    cause she had found her own new toy
    in the form of a young buck ..
    who proofed to be a studly good f...

  6. As my daughter once told me, 'normal is vastly overrated.' I don't think she really knew what it meant when she said it, but she was right. I should hate for you to be 'normal', as you're lovely just the way you are.

  7. my sincere apologies. bad choice of words. i knew it as soon as i hit the "publish" button. i meant that you consistently turn out these pieces. every. day. amazing. something to aspire to.
    we cant all be wordsmiths. some of us have to be content to read and put out the odd (crappy) comment.

  8. :-) Don't worry. Any offence was mock, unlike the cream!

  9. "Slandered/standard..." really, Cosmo, the elegance of your rhyming truly sets your work apart. Have you always been such a crazy, clever lad? Or have Mrs. Newbery and Dame Pinot made you that way?

    Why is there no tome of J. Cosmo verse at There should be, you know. It would eclipse the work of your namesake. Viticulture For Victoria?? Tsk, tsk. Come, now.

  10. No, my writing predates Mrs N and possibly the Pinot.

    The is a book of letters about but not of the poems. The letters relate to me teasing Nigerian conmen are an acquired taste. You can get a look at them on-line here.

  11. Wow man, just found you and love you!!!

    That's all i have for now!!!


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