Stumpy and the Decision Tree           by Thorold May
                    page thirty
Now see this, he breathed, com dot XL,
A brand of jam? A fat man's underpants?
It's not a place you'll find on earth I think.
The question is, why have a portal out to us?
Aach! You  breakfast-time heathens, snorted the girl,
By lunch you're seeing pixies in your beer foam.
Just click the stupid link!

The screen turned blue, a depthless light
Unmarked, unbounded, clear of simple care.
What's this then? grumbled Stumpy. Meditation time?
Ha ha, she laughed now, don't you see you dills?
You've been struck senseless by an AV switch;
For lord's sake look at your TV …. The Warrior was quiet
But over the live glass, his cursor traced a rune.

…to be continued

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