Ode to a Flame

A MetaTalk comment posted on 15 May 2002, adapting Shakespeare to describe an all-too-familiar Metafilter phenomenon.

Shall I compare thee to a flaming post?
Thou art more lovely and intemperate,
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of MeFi,
And its front page lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of MeTa shines,
And often is his grey complexion dimm'd;
And every post from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.



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