Monday, June 16, 2008

Poetry Break: "Grin Zen"

Zen Smile

The time has not yet come for another poetry break, but have I ever been one to observe conventions? Unlike the walrus and the carpenter, therefore, let us talk of mini things:
Grin Zen
It borders on madness,
near the last place on earth,
by Lethe's quelled waters,
at the pinnax of worth:
but by all -- whether whole,
bent, or broken from birth --
one unparting lip sole,
one more limit less mirth.
In case anybody's wondering, I coined the portmanteau word "pinnax" from "pinnacle" and "climax." As for "grinsen," that's anybody's guess, but it dates from the early 90s, during my time in Germany.

Yet . . . why trouble oneself over such an absurd little nonsense poem?

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12 Comments:

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Caroline said...

Fascinating blogging site you have.

I'll visit it often.

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, Caroline, I'm happy that you enjoyed it.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the walrus

I am the walrus

Coo Coo c'Goo

(hope I spelled that correctly)

JK

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

JK, isn't that "Koo koo k'choo"? But I'm not sure...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:42 PM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

Awand, Prof,
My heart yearns to poeticize,
arms are heavy with fatigue,

went to see Sach and Codi this weekend, just catching up with you. It was our first time to see her since finding out that she is pregnant. Yay, yippee, grandparenthood.
Jeanie

 
At 2:25 AM, Blogger John B said...

I'm a bit confused by the last couple lines. "One unparting lip sole," that's a reference to the Zen koan?

"One more limit less mirth." I see the opposition, but I have to say I can't find a perspective where it's grammatically correct.

Not to be a stick in the mud, but. . . .

 
At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kould be Professor.

JK

 
At 5:18 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Jeanie, so you will be a grandmother, just as I am sure that you are also a grand mother.

What does "Awand" mean?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:27 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

John B, grammatically correct? Well, strictly speaking, everything from "but" to "mirth" follows a colon and thus does not need to be a complete sentence . . . if that's what you mean about grammar.

The phrase "one more limit less mirth" can be heard as either "one more limit, less mirth" or "one more limit-less mirth," and thereby introduce an aural semi-paradox.

Sort of like a Zen Koan, too. Perhaps like the sound of one hand clapping.

Or maybe it's all just nonsense...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:28 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

JK, we could probably Google and find out...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Naw, I like the magical mystery of it all.

JK

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yeah, it's a kind of 'touring' test.

Jeffery Hodges

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