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ARPAWOCKY

RFC 527

     Twas brillig, and the Protocols
          Did USER-SERVER in the wabe.
     All mimsey was the FTP,
          And the RJE outgrabe,
     Beware the ARPANET, my son;
          The bits that byte, the heads that scratch;
     Beware the NCP, and shun
          the frumious system patch,
     He took his coding pad in hand;
          Long time the Echo-plex he sought.
     When his HOST-to-IMP began to limp
          he stood a while in thought,
     And while he stood, in uffish thought,
          The ARPANET, with IMPish bent,
     Sent packets through conditioned lines,
          And checked them as they went,
     One-two, one-two, and through and through
          The IMP-to-IMP went ACK and NACK,
     When the RFNM came, he said "I'm game",
          And sent the answer back,
     Then hast thou joined the ARPANET?
          Oh come to me, my bankrupt boy!
     Quick, call the NIC! Send RFCs!
          He chortled in his joy.
     Twas brillig, and the Protocols
          Did USER-SERVER in the wabe.
     All mimsey was the FTP,
          And the RJE outgrabe.
                                D.L. COVILL
                                May 1973