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Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)
TITLE: Plain Crash
By Beth LaBuff
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A zephyr swept savanna's plain.
The African sun blazed.
A crash* of rhino's searched for food,
Their grassland overgrazed.
A league of scholars heard their plight
And since it's common knowledge
That "Information holds the key,"
They rallied at their college.
They formed, to raise awareness,
The Rhino-Smarts Foundation.
They gathered funds for laptops--
Tax deductible donations.
The rhino boasts keen hearing,
Though poor eyesight overall.
It's also common knowledge that
His brain is somewhat small.
An herbivore with thick gray skin,
Each foot displays three toes.
He's none too bright, quite comical
With horn atop his nose.
The Rhino-Smarts Foundation
Presented to the crash,
A laptop for their personal use,
With giga-memory cache.
The rhinos, grateful for the gift,
They plotted ways to ascertain
Some prudent information.
With keywords, "vitamins" and "grass,"
Each word spelled with precision.
They searched which grass variety
Would boost their feeble vision.
They googled which would strengthen
The horn atop their nose
And which would banish athlete's foot
Between their triple toes.
They also searched for recipes
To turn the grass to mash
That promised thick-skin softening—
Grass lotion for the crash.
Just as they sought to google
Specific grass locations –
Their laptop flashed a message,
Caused arrhythmic palpitations.
"Warning! Virus Warning!"
Spread confusion like a flash.
Poor vision, plus their pint-sized brains—
A virus struck their crash ? ! ?
They googled, "virus symptoms."
They yahooed, "rhino pain."
Confused their rhino brains.
It started with a sniffle, then
Progressed to horn congestion
"The virus" rampaged through the crash—
The powers of suggestion.
While virus through the laptop spread
To giga-memory cache,
The monitor went haywire then
Their laptop system crashed.
Sometimes a little knowledge
Can misdirect the brain.
The ailing, fevered rhinos crashed
And burned upon the plain.
*crash—a herd of rhinoceroses
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