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Monday, October 25, 2010

What Would These "Baby Eyes" have to say, Mr. Shaw?

"A miracle is an event which creates faith," observed George Bernard Shaw, "That is the purpose and nature of miracles.  Frauds deceive.  An event which creates faith does not deceive:  Therefore it is not a fraud but a miracle."

Just imagine the prose this phenomenal writer might have produced witnessing today's astonishing of fetal photography or even the ultrasound images that came along in 1957, just seven years after he died.

Would the brilliant but quirky Shaw have reacted with mixed feelings?  He reportedly had a pronounced aversion to the modern medicine of his day, calling it "quackery" and condemning the smallpox vaccine as a "particularly filthy piece of witchcraft."

On the other hand, this legendary poet was quite the photography buff and it's probably safe to say he watched (maybe enjoyed, too) cartoons in his senior years.  That's why this mind-boggling six minute animation is all the more intriguing.

What kind of poem would Shaw have created had he lived to witness "Genesis"?


Maybe something even more endearing than his "Baby Eyes" ballad:

"Large Baby eyes smiling joyfully at me,
Baby eyes as brown as can be.
Two deep pools most innocent and bright,
To me are symbols of sheer delight.
May I greet you every single day?
For you are sunshine on my way.
Other people see you smile so sweet,
All are happier when you they meet.
Eyes are the window to the soul,
No difficulties for you reaching your goal.
So sweet baby go on life's way,
Those Baby eyes have much to say."

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