Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Grooks

T. T. T.

Put up in a place
where it's easy to see
the cryptic admonishment
     T. T. T.

When you feel how depressingly
slowly you climb,
it's well to remember that
     Things Take Time.
 
Stumbling around on the internet tonight, hoping for some 
serendipity to open up my point of view.  I came across a site
of 'Grooks' by Piet Hein  These are wonderful, compact little 
treasures like the one above. 
Here's another few:
A TOAST

The soul may be a mere pretence,
the mind makes very little sense.
So let us value the appeal
of that which we can taste and feel.
ROOK TO STIMULATE GRATITUDE
in sour rationalists.

As things so
    very often are
intelligence
    won't get you far.

So be glad
    you've got more sense
than you've got
    intelligence.
 
MANKIND

Men, said the Devil,
are good to their brothers:
they don’t want to mend
their own ways, but each other's.


P. Hein wrote over 10,000 of grooks, most in Danish or English, published in more than 60 books. Some say that the name is short for 'GRin & sUK' ("laugh & sigh", in Danish), but Piet said he felt that the word had come out of thin air.

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