Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0149 Donald Rumsfeld Meets Descartes - Poem by Michael Shepherd

which is why the Greeks
trudged off to Delphi
to find out
if 'Know Thyself'
was consumer-friendly or
as sore-footed a path
as Oedipus trod

and if you think this
doesn't concern you personally
let me ask you about a 'known'
that you know, but don't know
that you know
- or have forgotten...

that moment in childhood
that we've forgotten that we remember
when just for a moment, time stood still
and we knew we knew something
with absolute certainty
but didn't know what it was, that
we knew...

you remember?

Comments about 0149 Donald Rumsfeld Meets Descartes by Michael Shepherd

  • Kim Barney (2/18/2015 7:55:00 PM)

    Of course you know that Descartes was famous for saying:
    I think, therefore I am.
    Well, did you ever hear how Descartes met his end?
    A friend of his came up to him one day and asked,
    Say, Old Chap, do you think I'm good looking?
    Descartes replied: I think not.
    and POOF! he disappeared just like that!
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  • (10/19/2005 1:05:00 PM)

    Wow. Einstein for President! (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2005 11:11:00 AM)

    Fabulous, Michael! Lovely, lovely.....Donald could learn a few things from you - as could we all. (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2005 10:10:00 AM)

    well, the comments were as much fun as the poem here today. (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2005 9:57:00 AM)

    'm planning on suggesting we build a Delphi right in the middle of my retirement communiity since so many of us have forgotten what it is we knew. Good poem.

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  • (10/19/2005 9:09:00 AM)

    There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out. -Russian Saying

    Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. -Oscar wilde

    Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. - Mark Twain

    I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.' -Robert McCloskey

    I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about.'-Oscar Wilde

    Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.' -Albert Einstiein

    It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.-Oscar Wilde

    I respect a man who knows how to spell a word more than one way-Mark Twain

    How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. -Albert Einstein

    The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.-Buddha quote

    Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them- Mark Twain

    Did a quick seach...When I have nothing witty to say I let others say it.; -)

    Nice one Michael!

    Please accept, dear sir, my utmost distinguished salutations.
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  • (10/19/2005 8:44:00 AM)

    I did remember, but I just dropped it. (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2005 7:36:00 AM)

    i wonder if Rummy himself knows he is such a philosopher. good write, Michael. it put a smile on my face.

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  • (10/19/2005 6:15:00 AM)

    Ingenious and clever. I enjoyed reading this poem. Thanks (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, May 28, 2010

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