Humorous Poetry by Don Shook The Society November 21, 2013 Humor, Poetry 5 Comments I Think Therefore “I think,” said Descartes, “and therefore I am.” declared many years ago, way before spam. It predated facebook and twitter and tweet, when only the lonely thought thought was a treat. Today there is seldom an unspoken thought; a trait to forsake for the misery it’s brought. We rarely do think before voicing our quotes, instead simply living with unthoughten spokes. So if you must speak before finding the grave, remember Descartes and the wisdom he gave. If thinking is being the am I have got, I therefore must think I’m no am I am not. Then thinking I’m thinking I think is a sham, and thinking I’m not is not thinking I am… I think. Oh rot! Sheep Got Teeth Sheep got teeth. They’s on the bottom. On the top They ain’t got’em. I like sheep, They’s wooly neat. I shearly like their Two-toed feet. They got good ears, They herd a bunch. And sheep can bleat While munchin’ lunch. But somethin’ Baaathers sheep a lot, It’s flossin’ teeth Which they ain’t got. And that is why, When you can’t sleep, You never count a Smilin’ sheep. Four Hundred Squirrels Four hundred squirrels ran up the tree And on its branches leapt. Four hundred squirrels ran over me Below them as I slept. Four hundred squirrels laughed noisily Where solitude had been; Four hundred squirrels shot off the tree With Daddy’s old four-ten. Don Shook, past president of the Fort Worth Poetry Society and founder of The Actors Company, is a writer, actor, director and producer who worked with such stars as Dick Clark, Cybil Shepherd, and Debbie Reynolds. Formerly with NBC, he has performed in theatre, film and television across the country including opera at Carnegie Hall, New York and as resident performer at Casa Manana Musicals in Fort Worth. Author of a recently published novel “Bluehole” and three poetry books, he was selected 2009 Senior Poet Laureate of Texas. Don Shook Productions offers entertainment ranging from murder mysteries to one-man dramas. Featured Image: “Portret van Rene Descartes” by Frans Hals Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 5 Responses Beatriz November 21, 2013 I love them! Except the last one! LOL! Reply James Ph. Kotsybar November 21, 2013 THINKING ABOUT IT We prove our own existence to ourselves by pointing to the fact (?) that we can think, but looking through all the libraries’ shelves, we find no definition down in ink of how it’s accomplished or even what thought is, and thus we fool ourselves. Of course, we assume we know the terms we use, but we’ve put Descartes before the horse. Cogito cogito, but there’s no proof. Quod erat demonstrandum is unknown. The very thought of thought’s some sort of spoof; there’s nothing about thought that can be shown. I doubt Descartes’ dictum will stand time’s test; thought as a premise is absurd at best. Reply Mary Embree November 21, 2013 I do love really good rhyming poetry and this is really really good. And funny too. Reply Cees Wilerd Bui November 29, 2013 Portert van Rene Descartes Franz Hals’ rendition of Descartes shows, in his pose, the arched eyebrows above the thoughtful, round, brown eyes, the wrinkles faint below, the large and bumpy nose, the graying whiskers that his lips enclose, the chin’s large size, his face encased in long brown, falling, curling hair, beneath a starched and bright white collar’s square, which lies upon a cape of ebony, a black roquelaire perhaps. He holds his hat, black too, in his right hand. His arrogance and confidence infuse his stare, the man who thought and brought geometry’s great land to algebra, so clearly and distinctly, Hals shows the man, against a gray background of cool command. Reply twitter account price September 30, 2014 Feel free also to share our posts; in fact we love it when you do. Similarly, if you feel you have something to offer be sure to give something back. If you have a business, either online or offline, having a Twitter account is a must. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.