Descartes With A Dash of Popeye (“I think, therefore I yam.”)


I Think, Therefore I Yam

After Descartes (With a Dash of Popeye)

I think, therefore I
yam.  I think,
I truly love
the yam.  I bake
them almost every day,
not lining their pan
with foil (as advised by those
who think before
they yam) because
almost every time I yam–late–I
yam also
hard put.

Not having planned
for existence, I slam
them fast in the oven, unable to break
for foil, the need
for sweet hot
earth-grown sustenance
surging with a force that must be
met immediately (plus
the baking time) and so
my yams’ essence
overflows, burns, and
later (usually the next day)
must be scraped away
from the pan, to
get down to something
grey again, stained perhaps,

I break then,
at least, from the brusque
thrust of scrub,
for saved slices (that soft
bright orange), finding,
though I do not think
of anything very much,
that I still
 the cold leftovers of being,
in morning’s light.

(Happy Saturday!  I think–and I’m jumping the gun a bit–that dVerse Poets Pub, hosted by Charles Miller, is waxing philosophical today.  I am also linking this to Painting Prose.)

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27 Comments on “Descartes With A Dash of Popeye (“I think, therefore I yam.”)”

  1. Mama Zen Says:

    This is so fun! Love it!

  2. brian miller Says:

    haha you nailed it…and yes that is the prompt today…and should be a fun one…yours was def fun with the texture of popeye…but also the underlying truths…of not thinking but doing…not ready for existence and unwilling to think things through before we do…well played K

  3. jenneandrews Says:

    Brilliant, Karin…only you! I yam so glad to have found you awhile back…

    Re your comments; they won’t show up immediately because I have moderation turned on, so don’t stress. and thank you; your thoughts are always wonderful. Mine is up at — xxxj

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Yes, I know, I may duplicate, but I have had a lot of trouble because I had once started a blogspot blog that I didn’t continue, and it mucks up my commenting on blogspot. I’ll check it out. thanks!

  4. claudia Says: the drawing and what a fun write k. – much enjoyed – baking and cooking can learn us some valuable lessons on life..smiles

  5. Quirina Says:

    Very cute poem. 🙂

  6. Chazzy Chazz Says:

    This reminded me a little of Sam Beckett’s spoof on Descartes boiling an egg! You’re having fun here and that’s a relief, since so much philosophy and poetry take themselves so seriously. Perhaps we might say that instead of Cogito, ergo sum, we must begin saying I bake, ergo sum. Sounds Marxist to me! Or at least, Existentialist via Looney Tunes. 🙂

  7. RD Says:

    existential bliss in a tuber….a sated Life is half baked…hunger is SO important


  8. Laurie Kolp Says:

    Reminds me Dr. Seuss, Sam I am, but with yam. I get the underlying message here… existence.

  9. kaykuala Says:

    Hilarious! I like yams too. We turn it a savory dish during meals or cakes as you have done. There’s ice cream yam too, yummy…


  10. hedgewitch Says:

    This is great fun, but not just fun, and that makes it even better. It is a tuberous cycle of deliciousness. I esp like the way you’ve used those hard words–break and brusque, scrap and scrub–makes a nice contrast with all the soft yams, very tactile. And now, I’m hungry.

  11. Shawna Says:

    Too funny. 🙂

  12. Read with a broad smile. Good stuff, love the rhythm and the alliterations. Well done!

  13. Hahaha! Great fun!

    And thanks for your fun contribution to last week’s Limerick-Off!

  14. David King Says:

    This is too good – Lightyears too good, I just don’t know what to say. Right from the very first line I knew it was masterpiece.

  15. William Says:

    This had me in stitches .A parody of existentialism ? I dont know what u call it but definitely brightened my quest 4 meaning !

  16. Yousei Hime Says:

    Very fun. Hard not to smile with Popeye.

  17. kd sullivan Says:

    This is delightful…on a side note, I eat tons of sweet potatoes too! They are so delish! Aren’t they? I hope that you’ll link up with us again this week!

  18. So good, so funny, so very well written.

    Much fun to be had here.

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