Monday, November 11, 2013

The unknown unknown unknown gnomes

·       As we know, There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know, there are known unknowns, that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we do not know we do not know.
·       Donald Rumsfeld, Department of Defense news briefing, 12 February 2002.

We don’t have to worry about
The known gnomes,
We can survey them from
The windows of our homes,
And, giving our net curtains
A discreet twitch
Check that they continue to
Smile and fish
As they dutifully sit
Adorning corners of our lawns.

And as to those unknown gnomes,
there are those that are within our ken
and we don’t need to worry about them
because all they do, is sit and wait
packed in boxes or contained in crates
they won’t leap into action
but will, when asked,
come out to perform their gnomic tasks.

But it could be that there still remain,
Unknown gnomes who are unknown
Living, perhaps on distant plains
Or residing in places we do not know
Up on windswept high plateaux,
Or sharing lairs
With undiscovered Himalayan bears
It is these little men we fear
Because we are not sure if they are there.
They may lurk away in the dark
Discernable only by strange enigmatic marks
And possible suggestive signs
That it could be that they leave behind,
To cloud the corners of our minds.
With puzzles that we cannot solve
Like why are they? And who are they?
And what could be the strange genome?

Of the unknown unknown unknown gnomes

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