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Sunday, June 10, 2018

I've Actually Had This Happen

Extenuating Circumstances:

I don’t know how fast I was going
but, even so, that’s still
an intriguing question, officer,
and deserves a thoughtful response.
With the radio unfurling
Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, you might
consider anything under 80 sacrilege.
Particularly on a parkway as lovely
as the one you’re fortunate enough
to patrol—and patrol so diligently.
A loveliness that, if observed
at an appropriate rate of speed,
affords the kind of pleasure
which is in itself a reminder
of how civilization depends
on an assurance of order and measure,
and the devotion of someone
like yourself to help maintain it.

Paul Violi.


PS--In all seriousness, I got pulled over for speeding whilst listening to the 9th, which I naturally turned into a story for classes when discussing Committed Information Rate in Frame Relay.  Once a student scolded me for referring to Ludwig Van's music as "tuneage."

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