Poetry Blog by Randy Horton
I could never be a poet
Of Nature and Place.
I have no literary skills
To describe how the ground
Gives way underfoot as
You walk into a bog unawares.
I don’t notice the coal tits,
Kestrels, grouse, pheasants,
Or even curlews with their curling call.
I know neither the names nor
Topographical features of
Kinder Scout with its downfall,
Mam Tor, Eccles Pike, or W...
Thursday 9th November 2017 10:54 am
When teaching Descartes, I dutifully described his dualism in detail.
I discussed his importance as the father of modernism,
But also his common ground with scholasticism.
Together we examined the ways he attempted to prove God
And the reliability of both mathematics and his own senses.
Also, some biographical information including his early education,
Military service, tra...
Tuesday 17th October 2017 1:33 pm
Still working on 20th century and contemporary philosophers, but here are a few.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980 CE)
Our awareness of what is not,
Gives us unlimited possibilities.
We have radical freedom, but
The other’s gaze can bring us to our knees.
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986 CE)
We are free and must strive for others to be free.
Men and women can strive i...
Wednesday 4th October 2017 8:10 am
I’ve seen you enveloped in passion
Entranced and wandering aimlessly
In all consuming lust as you fold
Into taut skin stretched over
A well-tuned bicep shimmering
With the sweat of ones who
Would possess you,
Confiscate your love,
Loyalty, lust, passion, devotion,
Breasts, lips, thighs,
And even your new mountain bike.
I’ve seen you capitulate to complete
Thursday 28th September 2017 12:35 pm
“I just watched a movie,”
She said, “That was
Just like a dream.”
I had difficulty explaining
That she was dreaming
And had just had a dream
With all the filmic qualities
Of art house cinema.
Although she was comfortable in bed
With the covers nestled around her neck,
She had trouble believing me,
Because she is always in a state of unreality
When she ...
Saturday 23rd September 2017 10:18 am
Just for fun, I've been trying to write a brief history of philosophy by assigning one rhyming quatrain to each philosopher. In a few I try to capture something meaningful about the philosopher. In others, I just toss out some snark or irrelevancy. Anyway, here are a few of them.
Laozi (604-531 BCE)
If you can describe it,
Understand it isn’t the Dao.
But the Dao encompasses
Wednesday 20th September 2017 5:17 am
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