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Fantasia On A Spam Received Today

April 22, 2011

Qqdwqdsaas ascaassc fdrewe:
fretted screen of branches; he marked the graceful, slender bracken
‘Her Majesty’s Government are increasingly impressed with the

Pseudonymous spam comment, April 22

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First gibberish. Too many Qs and As
pose questions with no answers. What? And why?
A colon sits forlorn behind the phrase,
the droppings of a passing inter-fly.
Second there comes a fragment of a novel –
Beltane the Smith, a period romance
by (so Google says) one Jeffrey Farnol;
a random snapshot, stumbled on by chance,
of branches, bracken, marking hand, no more;
a pure image severed from its place.
The third is Conan Doyle, The Great Boer War,
the so-impressive thing lost, without trace.

Perhaps, though, as it toiled through the ether,
a bot grew self-aware, and on its quest
to learn, turned round. Backwards, it hangs together:
The Government are mightily impressed
with someone’s fretwork-skills, who also winds
the slender stalks of bracken into words:
a chthonic spell to fracture mortal minds,
or curses written in the tongue of birds?
Perhaps Qqdwqdsaas ascaassc fdrewe:
is Elf or Atlantean for “Your mother!”;
or else (and this is likelier, it’s true)
the thing’s a spambot, just like all the others.

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Self-explanatory, I feel.

Also, it wouldn’t be an Interweb if it didn’t have Interflies. Somewhere there is an Interspider, squatting in the centre of its fibre-optic kingdom and plotting to take over the world.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Xiémuç Guiri permalink
    April 23, 2011 7:48 pm

    I really like this. Pulling possible depth out of what appears shallow and random reminds me of when fanfic writers expand on a throwaway bit of a work — or of the Cento Generator, for that matter.

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