Art by Danny Gregory–


There is so much pain
that cannot be
disease not easable, loss that can’t
be found, accidents that will not
an unavoidable heaviness of being
that won’t be breathed away
even if we tried–

But we don’t try
terribly hard–make miseries like mud-pies
as if they were something
to eat, foment
discontent, substitute the non-essential
for the existential, court

Oh, we Cartesians, who think therefore
we be–we bees who harbor
honey, buzz about it,

Oh, we shopping Cartesians,
we non-stopping Cartesians,
we go-Cartesians,
we blow-by-blow Cartesians,
we donkey Cartesians,
we flog-a-dead-horse Cartesians,
we artisans of
cartilege and bone, of bone
and desire,
we beings who often
don’t think.


Another late night attempt!  This time a pseudo-philosophical.  (I have never much for the philosophical.)   As a process note, the word “Cartesian”  essentially means of or relating to the extremely rational French Philosopher Rene Descartes, who, in the early 1600s, coined the idea of “I think, therefore I am,”  (“Je pense, donc je suis  or Cogito ergo sum!”)   

I am posting this belatedly in connection with the dVerse Poets Prompt, hosted by Gabriella, featuring the drawings of Danny Gregory.  Gabriella did a very good interview of Mr. Gregory, whose work may be found on flicker.  





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8 Comments on “Gain-said”

  1. It is a beautifully constructed intellectual piece. It makes you think which is what I love about literature. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  2. hedgewitch Says:

    There are so many things we do that we are, and so few seem to really be about thinking. Great use of repetition in this k, driving the nails in the coffin that lies in the shallow grave of what we have become as a species.(Generalization–as is all philosophy. ;_) )

  3. claudia Says:

    i’m glad you explained the cartesian… i was already getting a little desperate and thought i have to look it up…smiles… and i totally second was hedge says

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha. Thanks, Claudia. You may not know all the different English names for types of carts–shopping cart, yes, but go-cart, horse cart, donkey cart–k.

      On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:08 PM, ManicDDaily wrote:


  4. brian miller Says:

    make miseries like mudpies as if they were something to eat….def not nourishing for the soul…I found the end quite humorous…particularly the donkey Cartesians…though I wonder at times how much we really think…particularly before we do…

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