Found something slightly strange on the shared printer at work today. It looked like a poem. Was slightly taken aback by it - because there was no context to it: no title, no name, and presumably no owner (or so it would seem). So I left it there - in case somebody would come back for it. But intrigue got the better of me - and I stopped by the printer before I left the office for the evening - just to see if it was still there. And it was! So I stuffed it in my bag and took it home. Perfect blog material I thought to myself. I had no idea who had written it - and there was something strangely fascinating about it.
Later - I did a quick search on Google for some of the words that were on this poem - and to my surprise - there were millions of results! It turns out that said poem is an alternative “Friendship” poem - i.e. an alternative to all the cheesy sort of poems you see written inside those cheesy-looking birthday cards you get at Safeway.
Click here to read it.
So - by then I felt really stupid - because there was me wondering to myself all the way home (well not quite all the way home - see previous blog entry below) who might have written this poem and who were they writing it to - and all that deep, profound philosophical stuff - and it turned out that Google had exposed my utter niaivite! Practically everybody on the Internet has a variation of this poem on their web pages. And I suppose I have continued that honour by doing the same.
Oh well - it’s nice to be humbled once in a while.
Posted by jag at May 16, 2003 10:39 PM
“It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
And it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year
From the theme tune of the “Friends” sitcom