The (hopefully) Compleat Works of The Mad Poetist

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Children's Clapping Rhyme from the Clone World Ctrl-C
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I go Sim Salla Biddy Boddy Ba.
It's a thing that's all my own.
No one else goes Sim Salla Biddy Boddy Ba,
So I went down to CC to get me a clone.

Sim Salla Boddy Ba, let's go down
Let's go down to CC Town


Just one of me just won't do,
got me a clone and now there's two!

Evil twin goes BWA HA HA,
I go Sim Salla Biddy Boddy Ba.

Sim Salla Boddy Ba, let's go down
Let's go down to CC Town


Number Two's not quite like me,
got me a clone and now there's three!

Good triplet goes DON'T YOU DARE,
Evil twin goes BWA HA HA,
I go Sim Salla Biddy Boddy Ba.

Sim Salla Boddy Ba, let's go down
Let's go down to CC Town


Three's no good, I need one more,
got me a clone and now there's four!

Indiff'rent quadruplet goes I DON'T CARE,
Good triplet goes DON'T YOU DARE,
Evil twin goes BWA HA HA,
I go Sim Salla Biddy Boddy Ba.

Sim Salla Boddy Ba, let's go down
Let's go down to CC Town


Should've stopped before I got to five,
doubt that I'll get out alive!

'cause Rebel quintuplet goes RI-I-I-ISE UP!
and Indiff'rent quadruplet goes RI-I-I-ISE UP!
and Good triplet goes RI-I-I-ISE UP!
and Evil twin goes RI-I-I-ISE UP!
And I go O-O-O-O-OH CRUD!

And nobody goes Sim Salla Biddy Boddy Ba
'cause the clones all burned down CC Town!

-The Mad Poetist




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Editor's Note: Like many children's rhymes, (The Grand Old Duke of York, Red Mars Green Mars, Ten Little Nanoclouds) the popular clapping rhyme CC Town has roots in history.

There are any number of clone planets in existence, ranging from famous historical recreation worlds like Planet 1982 to smaller vanity planets like Planet Doreen Horowitz. The clone world Ctrl-C, however, is unique, having been founded by refugees from other cloning projects. Ctrl-C was originally a small privately owned colony known as Clone Central inc., a shady discount cloning business. Clone Cental's remote location outside of any existing government's jurisdiction meant that they could and did circumvent what few laws there were regulating human cloning. CC clones were grown and sold to be used as slaves, as lab animals, for spare parts, or any number of other grotesque purposes.

The business was forcibly shut down when a clone named Batch 22 Unit 5 rallied some of her batch-mates and led an armed uprising against the scientists in charge of the vats. In spite of the best efforts of the CC corporation, word of the rebellion spread to other worlds, and escaped clones from other systems began to flock to Clone Cental in order to join the insurgents. The CC rebels were joined by such famous clones as The Fifty-Eighth Coming of Christ, Doreen Horowitz Version 6.0 through 6.8.1.2, and  Copy Rousseau.  Eventually the rebels seized control of the southern laboratories and began cloning reinforcements, at which point it was all over but the screaming.

The freed clones razed the Clone Central facility to the ground, then, in a fit of irony, rebuilt the entire thing in perfect detail exactly one kilometer to the east and proclaimed it Capital City of the newly renamed Planet Ctrl-C. CC proclaimed itself a homeworld for all free clones. To this day it is enshrined in CC's constitution that it will grant automatic citizenship to any escaped clone who can reach it.

Like most schoolyard games, this clapping rhyme comes in multiple variations. Depending on the creativity and collective vocabulary of the children involved, the game has been known to reach "Recalcitrant Dodecatuplet" and beyond. However, this is the earliest recorded version. So early, in fact, that it actually predates the rebellion it describes.

It was discovered in the Clone Central corporations files scribbled in the margins of a report on the efficacy of a new growth solution, dated three weeks and two days before Batch 22 Unit 5 made her move.

It is known that The Mad Poetist did clone herself on several occasions, for her own unfathomable reasons. It is possible that she worked at CC for a time, or made use of their facilities. The handwriting and paradoxically prescient nature of the poem lead this editor to believe that this version of CC Town can be conclusively attributed to The Mad Poetist.

...Or, at the very least, to one of her clones. Close enough. Either way, it's going into the anthology.

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You have a wonderfully twisted mind and I love what you're writing! I came here from Daily Science Fiction after reading "Said the Princess". I thought it was one of the best I've seen from DSF. Have you considered/tried submitting your poetry to Asimovs? They publish a lot of SciFi/Fantasy poetry and IMHO yours is as good or better than anything I've seen there. You have real talent. Keep up the great work!

Frank Holtry

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