Students Versus Townies Poem by Dominic Windram

Students Versus Townies

Rating: 5.0

O they relaxed and sunned themselves at the beach,
While we stressed out about upcoming exams.
They walked hand in hand with lovers around parks,
While we contemplated Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.
They concerned themselves with trivial matters,
While we fretted about the meaning of life.
They are still as happy and as ignorant as larks,
While we are still struggling to find ourselves.
They have no regrets about their radiant past.
O looking back we were bloody idiots!
Yet why is it, despite strife and constant woes,
We still insist on the merits of learning.
Could it be because we cling to higher things?
And ultimately, surely it's all worth it? !
Well that's what we might say to convince ourselves,
But I'm not sure it would have any takers!

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Topic(s) of this poem: satire of social classes
Dominic Windram 09 May 2020

Ah yes Peter Falk...there's a great movie in which he features by Wim Wenders entitled: 'Wings of Desire'. You should check it out, if you haven't seen it already, of course.I'm currently writing an article, which I intend to publish on Linkedin, about it; that is based on an old essay from back in 1999.

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Shaun Cronick 09 May 2020

Thanks Dominic for the heads up on Wings Of Desire I forgot he was in that. I haven't seen it in yonks, black and white set in Berlin and the image of angelic Peter Falk looking down on said city. I'll forget the garden tomorrow and make time for this masterpiece. And the best of luck on your article and I wouldn't mind reading that too. Thanks Dominic for the memory bubble movie reminder and stay well.

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Shaun Cronick 09 May 2020

A great thinking poem.Sometimes in life it's a wee bit tricky to get a balancing act, to knowledge and learning. At the museum where I work and engage sometimes with Joe Public I dumb myself down, I put on a Lieutenant Columbo act so not to alienate people. I think we all do sometimes. Learning is an inverted pyramid of knowledge that grows upwards eternally. 10++ and added to my favs. And by the way Dominic... I think you did it sir. I think you murdered your wife.

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Shaun Cronick 09 May 2020

The reference Dominic is taken from Peter Falk who played Lieutenant Columbo in the great 70's and 80's detective series. He would always say it to said murderer then demonstrate how they did it and their errors involved. A great actor and series both sadly missed. Hope that clears that up. Oh and he wore a crumpled raincoat and chewed/smoked on a cigar.

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Dominic Windram 09 May 2020

Ah yes...I guess you're referring to 'The Shawshank Redemption' wasn't me that done it honest governor...I suppose this will be way over most P.H members heads!

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Dominic Windram 09 May 2020

Thanks Shaun...yes again very tongue in cheek...I don't get the reference at the end does it pertain to a film or something or is it symbolic/ allegorical?

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