Fantasia On A Spam Received Today
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
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.
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.