Treasure Island

Fred Babbin

(1925 / Chicago)

A Thought on Thought


I think that all higher animals - primates, mammalian and ornithic pets, etc. 'think' to a certain extent.

Why do I think?
There is no alternative.
I am condemned to think,
To be obsessed with thinking—
But so is my dog.

Submitted: Sunday, November 11, 2007
Edited: Sunday, April 24, 2011

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  • Michael Gale (5/3/2009 6:27:00 PM)

    Ya got me to thinking. Ever hear of LaGrange Il, or Brookfield?

    God bless all poets-MJG. (Report) Reply

  • James Nall (3/12/2009 3:39:00 PM)

    short, sweet and more direct than ted bundy's trip to hell! 10's all the way. if you get the time check out my Second Chance, thanx (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (10/9/2008 1:58:00 PM)

    Deep insightful logical approach to life.
    I have got to think why I shlould think.
    If Human =/= Dog,
    Is Human < Dog,
    Or human > Dog,
    Puzzle?
    I think so. (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (8/3/2008 12:32:00 AM)

    '..condsemned to think..'.Yes the power to think is a boon as well as a curse. Kudos to your thought Sir
    sathya narayana (Report) Reply

  • Amber Lamb (7/7/2008 2:58:00 PM)

    If only we could know what our dogs are thinking! I wouldn't be surprised if they were laughing at us w/ our obsession of ourselves (Report) Reply

  • Effie Yalena Steyn (7/5/2008 5:31:00 PM)

    You say 'higher animals' but I wonder how you make the distinction between them and the supposed lowers. If they can all think, surely there is no lower?
    Made me think!
    Thank you.
    Love Effie. (Report) Reply

  • Jenny F. Diamond (6/8/2008 1:25:00 PM)

    This poem made me grin to my ears. You know, I never really thought about it, but it's true.
    Which kinda scares me... (Report) Reply

  • David Stephens (12/23/2007 7:19:00 PM)

    Fred, I like your 'Thought on Thought', though I think you could lose the 2nd line. It reminds me of when I lived in a caravan in Cornwall - the cows in the next field would come to the fence to listen to my stereo. A friend used to bring his flute over to platy to them; I merely talked to them. He had the better of it! What vanities. Anyway I wrote a little 'flea' haiku which your poem brought to mind:

    When I lived alone
    cows would often visit me,
    chewing on my words.

    Keep it up and keep cutting! Essence is all (Report) Reply

  • Katharine O'Neal (12/16/2007 7:46:00 PM)

    heh, wow, what an interesting poem. kind of strange but i really like it because you're right, other animals think, such as dogs, it's just that self-centered humans don't always notice/think so.
    nicely done,9/10 (Report) Reply

  • Gregory Gunn (12/13/2007 8:29:00 PM)

    Hey, hey, we're the Super Monkeys! Higher primates indeed. Just a thought on 'A Thought on Thought' but then again, this member of Homo sapiens, because he has the ability to walk upright tends to think too much anyway.

    GG (Report) Reply

  • Ivor Hogg (12/9/2007 3:56:00 PM)

    I agree with you but it seems that only man is obsessed with thinking about thinking. Animals may seem to rely on instinct which to a certain xtent they do but I have seen them In particular domestic acts. Meet an obstacle to their insatiable curiosity. Then apparently stop to consder their options but almost invariably succedd in getting to where they want to be (Report) Reply

  • Tom J. Mariani (12/5/2007 10:04:00 PM)

    Their 'thoughts' are driven by smells we can't notice, sounds we can't hear and sights we can't see. No wonder we get obsessed by our own thoghts. Our other receptors are so piss poor!
    Tom (Report) Reply

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