Inviting Pokers to the Face

“Did you put another log on the fire?”

As innocent as it was naive, the question
Intended no harm, no trespass
On the rigid boundaries of masculinity.

She didn’t have the image of Wittgenstein
Fending off rivals with a raised poker
In the halls of exalted moral science.

It didn’t throw her thoughts to a
Defensive Popper creating an instant,
Contemporary, and universal moral rule:

“Never put a poker in another man’s fire.”

[Note on poetic license: This doesn’t accurately describe what happened between Wittgenstein and Popper.]

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Randy Horton

Sat 10th Oct 2020 14:58

Thanks, John, for the reference.

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John Coopey

Sat 10th Oct 2020 09:46

For the benefit of your readers who miss the philosophical reference to gender politics

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Randy Horton

Fri 9th Oct 2020 20:30

Thanks, Martin. I've been sort of unmotivated for poetry lately, but I'm starting to try to get back to it a little. Hope to see you soon.

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Martin Elder

Fri 9th Oct 2020 19:16

Hey Randy
How are you doing. I have missed your contributions on line. This is another fine piece.
Love it

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