Benjamin Michael Clark

Rookie - 125 Points (06/22/90 / Mattydale, NY)

The Real Animal Kingdom - Poem by Benjamin Michael Clark

The talking parrot
Mocks you
While you curse
The rubik's cube

The spiders
Laugh at you
While you
Play chess against yourself

The cat
Hisses at you
While you
Paint some pretty face

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  • Rookie - 262 Points Ray Quesada (4/9/2013 5:29:00 PM)

    Montaigne described what i'm quite sure you are trying to convey here - that man thinks himself superior to the animal, and yet has paid an expensive price for his superior mind - while animals can simply let what is be what is, sit silently in the moment, not wage wars, etc. man has to suffer with Past and Future, worry, desire, ego, etc. Schopenhauer and Nietzsche also echoed this view - Schopenhauer said that we admire animals because they are the embodiment of the present moment. Nietzsche said that animals must occasionally look at man as (paraphrase) the laughing animal, the crying animal, the mad animal. or something very close to that - - -another great poem, thanks for sharing! -ray (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 1, 2013



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