The Quotable Shai-Hulud, Subway Sandwich Artist(tm), abridged

“Bless the Sandwich-Maker and all His Ingredients. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.”

“Teaching sandwich-making is one thing. The basic ingredient is another.”

“Give as few orders as possible. Once you’ve given ingredients on a sandwich, you must always give orders on that sandwich.”

“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never persistent. It depends in part upon the sandwich-making imagination of humankind.”

“A man’s sandwich is his own; his chips belong to the tribe.”

“A sandwich-making process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.”

“Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife—chopping off what’s incomplete and saying: ‘Now it’s a 6-inch because it’s ended here.’”

“The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the sandwich he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a sandwich.”

“No more terrible disaster could befall your people than for them to fall into the hands of a Hero sandwich made by our competitors.”

“The highest function of sandwich-making is understanding consequences.”

“Do you want that toasted?”

Randy Brown is author of “Welcome to FOB Haiku: War Poems from Inside the Wire.” A follow-up chapbook “So Frag & So Bold: Short Poems, Aphorisms & Other Wartime Fun” is forthcoming. He recently appeared “on screen” as a character in the Z2 Comics’ non-fiction graphic anthology “True War Stories.”

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