Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Grooks (gruks)

I have discovered that some of the poems I have been writing verge on kind of approximately being “grooks”, or, as they were originally coined in Danish, “gruks”. A grook is a short aphoristic poem, a form made famous—and named as “gruk”—by Danish polymath Piet Hein (an aphorism is a pithy saying that whimsically captures a defining thought). So, here is a list of the approximately-grooks from the 100 poems challenge.

49. Stripes

53. Keeping a Secret

65. Horror

78. Drink (kind of; it’s not totally aphoristic)

85. Spiral (kind of; it’s an aphorism, but unlike proper grooks it doesn’t rhyme)

87. Food (kind of; pithy and rhyming, but not exactly aphoristic)

88. Pain (kind of; pithy and rhyming, but not exactly aphoristic)

91. Drowning (kind of; not really pithy, but it rhymes, and the punchline feels a bit aphoristic)

And 43. Dying has the mood of a grook, even though it is long and not aphoristic.

There are some examples of Piet Hein’s grooks here. One of my favourites is:

(Grook on how to char for yourself)

There’s an art of knowing when.
Never try to guess.
Toast until it smokes and then
twenty seconds less.


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