I read about an ostensibly brilliant seventeenth-century man
Named Athanasius Kircher who lived at the Vatican
And studied a whole range of phenomena from
Volcanoes to hieroglyphics to music theory.
But although he was brilliant in these
He was a dim bulb when it came to cats.
He invented a “cat organ”
In which he arranged the poor cats in order
Of the pitches of their vocalizations
And pinched their tails to make them “sing.”
Mercifully, he never built this “instrument”
But only thought about it and saved himself
Having his brilliant face clawed off.
So beware of being too brilliant
It may keep anyone from being a humane human being.
(For more information about this musical and feline oddity, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_organ)
April 3, 2019