archy and mehitabel

If you don’t know archy and mehitabel, it’s time you met them. A cockroach and a cat. Two of the most interesting, intelligent, and thought-provoking characters in American literature.

Here, for instance, is mehitabel:

    my youth i shall never forget
    but there s nothing i really regret
    wotthehell wotthehell
    there s a dance in the old dame yet
    toujours gai toujours gai

And here is archy:

    i do not see why men
    should be so proud
    insects have the more
    ancient lineage
    according to the scientists
    insects were insects
    when man was only
    a burbling whatsit

They’re the creations of Don Marqis. Go read some of his stuff right now.

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