Subject: Older myth than Oedipus... Wile E. Coyote

From: Philip Hart <> Wile E. Coyote - Supergenius, Western Daedalus or Icarus, Prometheus or Tantalus unchained, Tortured less by the bird Than his own desires - Has been edited From his cartoon hell Of dry river beds, Boulders, and anvils, Treacherous hand-grenades And fickle physical laws, Into a worse purgatory, (Not spared the mid-air Realization That he has run too far, The shock that the Sisyphean stone Is rolling back to him) Where he must fall, Pursued by half a cliff, But never crash, Be crushed and crawl away, Impossibly alive and hungry To try again, By some who'd rather children read Of the slaughter of the Trojan War, Of Pyrrhus' words to Priam, Of Odysseus' hall spattered With blood and the twitching Feet of his sluttish servants Hanged like doves in the garden.

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