|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org Forums Miscellany - -- "grooks" Register Forums Calendar Active Threads Search Forum Help
#208740 - 01/05/13 05:59 PM - -- "grooks" Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 9,134 LukeJavan8
Joined: Jun 2008
Land of the Flat Water
When Germany occupied Denmark in 1940, physicist Piet Hein published an innocent-seeming poem:
Losing one glove
is certainly painful,
but nothing compared to the pain
of losing one,
throwing away the other,
and finding the first one again.
The German censors let it go, not understanding its meaning -- that while enduring occupation was bad, ceasing to resist would be worse. "It said that what happens to you from outside is less important than how you take it," he explained later. "The Danes knew what I meant."
In later years Hein cultivated a talent for such tiny aphoristic poems, which he called "grooks":
prove their worth
by hitting back.
The road to wisdom? -- Well, it's plain
and simple to express:
and err again
Put up in a place
where it's easy to see
the cryptic admonishment
When you feel how depressingly
slowly you climb,
it's well to remember that
Things Take Time.
In all he wrote more 7,000 grooks, which have become a part of Scandinavian culture. "I cannot really say where my activity as a scientist ends and where my activity as a man of letters begins," he said. "Whether I am writing a poem or solving some technical problem, I think the same."
----please, draw me a sheep----
Entire Thread Subject Posted By Posted - -- "grooks" LukeJavan8 01/05/13 05:59 PM Re: - -- "grooks" Avy 01/06/13 05:28 AM Re: - -- "grooks" LukeJavan8 01/06/13 05:16 PM Counter Grooks. A new thread? jenny jenny 01/06/13 07:24 AM Re: Counter Grooks. A new thread? LukeJavan8 01/06/13 05:18 PM Re: Counter Grooks. A new thread? Jackie 01/11/13 05:25 AM Re: Counter Grooks. A new thread? LukeJavan8 01/11/13 05:48 PM Re: Counter Grooks. A new thread? Buffalo Shrdlu 01/11/13 05:55 PM Re: Counter Grooks. A new thread? LukeJavan8 01/11/13 05:57 PM Re: Counter Grooks. A new thread? Jackie 01/12/13 05:33 AM Re: Counter Grooks. A new thread? Buffalo Shrdlu 01/11/13 06:03 PM Re: Counter Grooks. A new thread? LukeJavan8 01/11/13 07:03 PM
Moderated by Jackie
Forum Statistics Forums16Topics13,883Posts224,747Members9,049 Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members DennyBoy, Sammy87, Bentron2000, Santanu, DavidOrigami
9049 Registered Users
Who's Online Now 0 registered members (), 72 guests, and 3 spiders. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days) A C Bowden 19may2point0 18LukeJavan8 14DennyBoy 2arkaydy 1SantaFeR 1
Top Posters(All Time) wwh 13,858Faldage 13,803Jackie 11,613tsuwm 10,538LukeJavan8 9,134wofahulicodoc 7,917Buffalo Shrdlu 7,210AnnaStrophic 6,511Wordwind 6,296of troy 5,400
Forum Rules · Mark All Read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top