Monday, January 08, 2018

A Lobster Loose in Here?

A leopard cannot change its spots, for it is not an octopus, nor doth it know the secrets of the deep.

I think of Gérard de Nerval, my inspiration, who walked a lobster - on a blue ribbon as leash - in the Tuileries Garden. (Or was it along the Palais-Royal in Paris?) When asked why, he replied, "It does not bark, and it knows the secrets of the deep."

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At 12:51 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Interestingly apocryphal!

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I knew that.

In fact, it was I who walked the lobster, but it was a crawdad, not a lobster, and I used a string, not a ribbon, attached to a pole, and the 'walk' was under water . . . and the pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of ancient creek beds? They were doing whatever T.S. Eliot had them doing when . . . oh, never mind.

Jeffery Hodges

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