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Lay for the Day
18th November

Steamboat Willie, the first cartoon with a fully synchronised soundtrack, premiered in New York on this day in 1928. Its hero was a mouse by the name of Mickey, who became perhaps the most widely recognised fictional character in the world.
From the book of Praises:

79. Of Underground Mice

Your small world’s hard
Steel and noise
Grey as the filth that gathers
Under steel and noise

As you survive there
Steel and noise
I can here

Scutter from the warbling rails
And rumble
Lunch on litter
Live by what we scatter

The deafening wheels
Are not so definitely real
As underground mice

John Gibbens
from Collected Poems

The Lay Reader: an archive of the poetic calendar