These Heterogenous Tasks

Lines Written On The Occasion of the Removal of Obscene Language from the Standard I7 Library

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So, farewell then
‘I only understood you as far as
Wanting to fuck.’
A softer era can no more excuse
Concessions to the kind of muck
That real adventurers knew, but did not use.
A modern parser must, first, be
Consid’rate of its partner’s needs,
Behave in classroom and in app,
And neutral keep its words and deeds.
O withered is the youthful sap,
Now that we are all adults grown:
No more the wry authorial mask
Shall give the wink, and winking, break the tone.
(We’d rather focus on the task
Than laugh or cry or diss or bone.)
But should the vulgar feel dissent,
It’s such fun to reimplement.

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