Square or circle?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by hikerchick, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    "Here is your square", he said to me,
    while handing me a wheel
    It's circular, he thinks it's square
    It's really no big deal
    "It's square, correct? You must agree",
    He stubbornly inveighed
    "I need you to admit to me
    That it's a square I've made."
    It would be easier, I'm sure
    To say the words he craves
    Yet I resist, I can't succumb
    I simply will not cave
    And so he rails and foams at me
    For what, I cannot fathom
    But if I fail to use my brains
    I may as well not have them.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Sad in a lot of ways.

    Reminds me of my mother, who was irrational for 3 years, before she died in 2004.
    And my pal Roger, who was that way for 5 years before he died of Alzheimer's in 2006.
    And my MIL Lillian, who died of brain cancer in 2004, after being irrational for 1-1/2 years.

    I miss them all. I ended up giving in, otherwise it bacame a battle with no winners.
     
  3. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Quote:Oh my. I am sorry to hear about your losses.

    It wasn't Alzheimers victims that I had in mind when I wrote this, though.
     
  4. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

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    Sounds like my husband who I have nick named Mr. Magoo!![​IMG]
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Oh my. I am sorry to hear about your losses.

    It wasn't Alzheimers victims that I had in mind when I wrote this, though.

    Sorry, didn't mean to be so glum. But I reread what I wrote and thought what a pity party I'm having!

    I don't quite get the intent though, please elucidate and I promise not be be such a sourpuss. I don't see humor, but I felt sorrow? I think...

    It is beautifully written though! I am visualizing an old man- living far from town- set in the old stubborn ways-

    but I am missing the insistence that it is a square?
     
  6. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Actually Ranchhand, a poem can say different things to different people. Your interpretation works for you. There is no one right way to read it. I was just thinking of stubborn people, not people out of touch with reality. I am sorry I made you sad..it wasn't meant to be sad so much as lonely, maybe.
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I did get the solitude, and please don't think that you made me very sad- all those people are gone and no longer miserable. The lonliness seems to come from the teller of the story more than from the "wheel maker".

    I actually LIKE the poem and find it a joy to see someone actually crafting with words! But I've always been a fan of Robert Frost, and people in general tell me how commercial his work is. [​IMG]
     
  8. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    I WISH my poetry were commercial, instead of a hobby that cannot possibly generate income.
     
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I took it as a good one to pass on to my kids, about thinking for oneself in a realtionship, as they are all approaching that age.

    p.s. I liked it, thanks for sharing.
     
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  10. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Quote:Thank you. Your interpretation is pretty much exactly what I was saying.
     

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