Omicron, or: Pfizer

An American sentence:

Contracting the Omicron variant might grant herd immunity.


What’s an ‘American Sentence’?

Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the line count freed the American Sentence up for the idiosyncrasies of English phonemes.

The requirements:

  1. Composed in one line;
  2. Syllabic, 17 syllables;
  3. Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
  4. Complete sentence or sentences;
  5. Includes a turn or enlightenment.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

33 thoughts on “Omicron, or: Pfizer”

  1. Your American sentence, David, gave me a booster shot. πŸ™‚

    Antigens form from small doses of big pharma in armies of arms.
    Organic antibodies fortify a body’s immune organs
    Lace the Rx with Viagra, Pfizer would be harder to resist.

  2. You know, there is a way to achieve herd immunity without playing Russian roulette with your life! On that note this is a great short story… “Vaccine Season” by Hannu Rajaniemi, a great peice of fiction in these pandemic times. I first heard it on Levar Burton’s (Yes, Star Trek TNG’s Geordi La Forge) podcast and hope to find more to read from the author.

  3. “Shall ye risk death to prevent death?” None’re ever prepared to answer that.
    As for me, I think I’ll stick to playing basketball for now, thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

  4. And wouldn’t that be wonderful?! If it truly is super transmissible and not as virulent, it could be a safe way for all the anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, and Trump heads around where I live delivered from danger despite their best efforts. Plus all the areas of the world in need of vaccines – as long as severe disease and death uncommon…

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