0;p THE MERRY JESTS OF WITTGENSTEIN #4 By Louis Phillips No mask. No reading. NOTES FROM A DIARY Even in a medieval cottage Illuminated by erotic wattage Of souls in collision & collusion, Love is nothing if not specific. ** Even if this sentence were false, you would read it all the way to its conclusion. ** John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is disguised as this this simple sentence. The disguise was nearly perfect until one astute reader penetrated its clever cover. The first word of this sentence is missing, but it still makes sense. WHO SAYS Stand up & listen. Who says Poetry cannot work miracles? Consider this: It is a miracle I can Write these words. ** Verschlimmbessern In order to improve this quatrain I decided to add in the 3rd line The German word verschlimmbessern To rattle around in your brain; You cannot hug it to your bosom. Obviously it does not make This poem any better. What’s a rhyme for verschlimmbessern? ** Every third word in this weird sentence will begin with the letter W at some weird future time. WARNING If you shackle yourself to this sentence, you will be forcibly removed, taken to an undisclosed location and interrogated, beaten, and waterboarded until you tell how and why you did such a foolish thing. *** WHO, NOT KNOWING Mistakes are with us like the crack of dawn. Who, not knowing, How fragile the morning is, Dropped it? This sentence once was only four words long. If this sentence does not convey any information, then why does it exist? ** No animals of any kind were killed or injured in Making this sentence. ** Underneath this sentence is another sentence that praises whoever reads it. Unfortunately, this sentence is on top of it and cannot be moved. This sentence ends here. Sorry for any inconvenience. ** Old riddle What is the longest English word? SMILES There is a mile between the first & last letter. ** TRACER OF LOST POEMS This poem has been missing From the better anthologies For more than 5 decades. Aren’t you glad that it has been found? ** Any resemblance between the words in this sentence and any real words is purely coincidental. ** Feel free to add any words you wish to this interactive sentence. ** All the words in this sentence appear closer to the reader than they really are. URANIA Whirling electric Muse of Astronomy Descends with “star-bespangled” song To confess: Copernicus, with his heresy Has been proven wrong: This poem is the center of the Universe & you, Dear Reader, Are its beloved satellite. You orbit, Orbit all around it. ** CAUTION—VIRUS WARNING No word in this sentence wears a mask, nor is any word six feet away from any other word.