Friday, February 6, 2015

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt


Because I wanted 
To live exclusively without 

Because
Though although 

Was also right there 
In the running 

Before I decided other- 
Wise, my life became 

Meaningful—it was as if 
I’d finally found a reason 

For being here, though 
For the life of me, 

I could not explain it. 


4 comments:

  1. I’ve read this one over several times now. Can’t quite get the flow right—convoluted little bugger this—but I like it although not as much as ‘Cracker-Barrel Philosopher’. I’m sure at school we were taught never to begin a sentence with ‘and’ or ‘because’ but that never stopped me. I always liked the way doing that felt like you were hitting the ground running. Although this feels like a long sentence—a longer sentence than it actually is—it feels too as if it should be a part of an even longer sentence. Of course as kids we were also taught that ‘because’ was not an acceptable answer: no one does anything just because. And yet we did. It made such perfect sense.

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  2. No need to tell you we were "taught" a lot of useless things because the system demanded it--why spend precious time (and little money compared to the enormous sums spent on other priorities) trying to make the minnows think? Come to think of it, I don't ever recall any of my English teachers telling us why we should never begin a sentence with 'and' or 'because'-- it was just another commandment that had to be followed OR ELSE.

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  3. Why is it, my friend, that when I attempt to conjure the image of your English teacher, what comes to mind is an image of a husky Hun in full goth battle dress, threatening to batter you to death with her handbag if you don't pay up?

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  4. My high school English teacher was indeed hefty in stature and instrumental in helping me to love and appreciate literature, so I am indebted to her, but to hint that she would threaten to batter me to death with her handbag if I didn’t pay back the debt would be tantamount to comparing her to Athena The Hun.

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