Poet Randy Brown's "The Quotable Shai-Hulud, Subway Sandwich Artist(tm), abridged" gives voice to the great worm as the sandwich-making employee of a national fast-food restaurant. The poem is presented as a series of maxims, most of which are based on lightly altered quotations from Herbert's original text.
For example, the poem begins:
"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."
Herbert's epic space opera tells the story of political and military machinations around a singular desert planet called Arrakis, the universe's sole source of "Spice." Spice is a mineral that variously enables prophesy and intergalactic travel. Underground deposits of the cinnamon-like material often seem to be guarded by lumbering "sandworms," some of which can grow to be hundreds of meters in length.
Editors at The Daily Drunk Magazine, an on-line literary journal that often focuses on popular culture and film, had earlier solicited prose and poetry written to the prompt, "The sandworm from Dune takes a day job."
The novel "Dune" has recently been presented as a $165 million feature movie—the first of two parts—directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and others. The Daily Drunk Magazine reviewed the new movie "Dune" here.
Portions of Herbert's "Dune" books have previously been made into a 1985 feature film directed by David Lynch, and two Sci-Fi Channel mini-series: "Frank Herbert's Dune" (2000) and "Frank Herbert's Children of Dune" (2003).
In addition to Brown's poem, other "Dune"-inspired prose and poetry published this week by The Daily Drunk Magazine included:
- "Every Sandworm" by Jerod Beloff
- "Enemies to Lovers" by Manahil Bandukwala
- "There’s a lot riding on him, but that’s okay – at 450 metres long, you’ll hardly notice" by Mike Hickman
- "Uber Through the Sands of Arrakis" by Andre F. Peltier
- "Mind-Killer of the Golden Path" by Clem Flowers
- "may thy knife chip and shatter" by natalie hanna
- "New Job Blues for Shai-Hulud" by Ross Crawford