Sunday, April 16, 2006


Poetic inspiration.

The other day I was reading to my daughter and came across this Victor Hugo poem in her book

Be Like The Bird
by Victor Hugo

Be like the bird, who
Halting in his flight
On limb too slight
Feels it give way beneath him,
Yet sings
Knowing he hath wings.

That is a very nice poem. And it stayed with me after my daughter had already gone to sleep. Thinking about the poem, I felt it applied to a lot of things in life including the situation of preparing for the CCIE or CCNP or indeed any exam at all. I won't ruin the poem by trying to restate what it says so elegantly but do read and enjoy the poem and be inspired by it.

Coming to think of it, isn't an IOS configuration dump somewhat like a poem in its external appearance with it being left justified and with unequal lines? Maybe I should start a meme to see who can come up with a valid Cisco IOS configuration file that is also a poem? :)

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