Saturday, April 15, 2006

Value in absentia         [rubai]


A joke without a punchline
                is not worth telling
life insurance to an immortal
                is not worth selling
    the thorns may be endured
    for the beauty of the flower
yet a rose without aroma
                is not worth smelling



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responsive to "A poem for my freshman class"

8 Comments:

Blogger Sapere Aude said...

I appreciate you taking to the time to read my nonsensical poem and responding with one of your own. I'll visit often. Keep writing.

Sun Apr 16, 12:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

Thanks Sapere --
your poem, in the context of your interesting background note to River (involving what you call "Track 3" students), takes on a touching (perhaps mildly pathetic) quality. I wouldn't deem it meaningless, even if it might seem a tad maudlin.
One hopes that over time, you may share more complex poems with them as well. But rudiments are good things too!

cheers,
d.i.

Sun Apr 16, 01:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ~River~ said...

"life insurance to an immortal
is not worth selling"

I had all sorts of funny images in my mind when I read this! Jolyon Wagg trying to sell insurance to Zeus!

Tue Apr 18, 04:00:00 AM PDT  
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