Category Archives: SPACE DUST

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When birds fly, when ants forage, when religions are born, when governments collapse, there is a principle involved; it has nothing to do with education, intelligence, with social history or for that matter, any noticeable measure of sanity. It is present in all group activity. It requires only the most basic instinctual fragment of decision-making. The leader of the pack “says” North, South, East or West. The pack members notice only the constituent to the left or the right and follow the observed movements. With starlings it is called murmeration. With cattle it is hanging out with the herd. With bees it is buzzin’ aroun’ with yer buddies and with people it is the nod of a hundred heads to the command “Let’s get’er done.”

“mac-a-dang-dang”

lee_broom

 

Curtis* uttered “mac-a-dang-dang”

Yep, that’s what he said

I had to stop and take a note

A statement worth a bang-bang

 

What it meant, I’m not so sure

I really don’t give a hang-hang

When I’ll use it I don’t know

But in my brain it rang-rang.

 

by Lee Broom.

* inspired by the character Curtis in Body of Proof.