Symbol Poetry

(Cross-posted from my Livejournal)_

Many years ago I ran across “Waka waka bang splat”, a poem written by Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary of Grand Rapids, Michigan, which appeared in the May/June 1990 issue of Infocus magazine and has since been floating around the Internet.

< > ! * ' ' #
^ " ` $ $ -
! * = @ $ _
% * < > ~ # 4
& [ ] . . /
| { , , SYSTEM HALTED

The poem can only be appreciated by reading it aloud, to wit:

Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,
Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,
Bang splat equal at dollar under-score,
Percent splat waka waka tilde number four,
Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,
Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.

I was so delighted by this that I shared it with a columnist at one of Salt Lake’s papers, and it later appeared in one of his columns.

To my delight, I discovered that there is a sequel,which thing I had never before imagined.

Sung to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”:

^ < @ < . @ *
 } " _ #   |
- @ $ & / _ %
! ( ^ I @ | = >
 ; ` + $ ? ^ ?
 , # " ~ | ) ^ G

hat less at less point at star
backbrace double base pound space bar
dash at cash and slash base rate
wow open tab at bar is great
semi backquote plus cash huh DEL
comma pound double tilde bar close BEL

From all appearances, it seems to be a drinking (or a finance) song… and I have no idea who the creator of this little gem is.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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One response to “Symbol Poetry

  1. The “Symbol Poetry” that you posted is simply awesome.
    There are no limits as to how we can express ourselves.
    Let’s keep thinking beyond our boundaries,
    and continue to explore without limitations.
    (Comment made by: Founder of poetsword.com)

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