Photo by Nikolay Georgiev (Pixabay)‘Logic Class’ and Other Poetry by Paul Buchheit The Society June 14, 2021 Culture, Humor, Love Poems, Poetry 14 Comments . Logic Class As class convenes I quickly indicate in clear logician’s diction of my eagerness to share my disposition to determine if we’re here or there, or if instead we’re neither here nor there. A student with a lisp, who would have been dismissed by any academic dean or exorcist, got up and shook his fist, proposing to assist by posing logic twists too cryptic to resist: “If you were here or there then if you weren’t here you would be there, although if everybody isn’t there you’d certainly be here; but if you aren’t here and aren’t there you can’t be here or there—it’s clear you can’t be anywhere—but if you aren’t there or aren’t here you could of course be anywhere, for then you could be here, which isn’t there, or there, which isn’t here, unless that’s neither here nor there.” And somewhere in the list of dictums missed amidst this syllogistic mist there did indeed exist a philosophic gist that no one could enlist since common sense insisted class should be dismissed. . . A Love Remembered A melody secreted from the past is lingering inside me: neural fires rekindle, frolic, titillate, and cast your fleeting image on my eyes. Desires awaken, musings fill my memory: your voice and violins, a blossoming of lovers, lilacs, and the mystery of woodlands come to life, the early spring ablush in verdancy; your perfumed skin arousing passion in my soul, your smile an artist’s masterpiece as doves begin to serenade, to flatter and beguile in waves of soothing choruses, sublime attendants to my moments back in time. . . Paul Buchheit, a lifelong Chicagoan and retired college teacher, is an author of books, poems, progressive essays, and scientific journal articles. He recently completed his first historical novel, 1871: Rivers on Fire. His most recent non-fiction book was Disposable Americans, published in 2017 by Routledge. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. 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To me it almost resembles a tongue twister especially in the following lines: A student with a lisp, who would have been dismissed by any academic dean or exorcist, got up and shook his fist, proposing to assist by posing logic twists too cryptic to resist And again in the last lines: And somewhere in the list of dictums missed amidst this syllogistic mist there did indeed exist a philosophic gist that no one could enlist since common sense insisted class should be dismissed. ……………………………………………… ……………………………………………… I also admire the wholesome feeling of the second poem, which if I am correct, is a sonnet. I like the way you portrayed a past love through music. In an aesthetic way, it captures a sense of innocence and sentimentality that enhances the overall charm of the poem. In summary, I truly enjoyed reading these poems of yours Mr. Buchheit! Reply Paul Buchheit June 14, 2021 Thank you, Ryan. I appreciate your kind words! Reply Paul Freeman June 14, 2021 ‘ablush in verdancy’ is officially one of my all time favourite phrases. Thanks for two great reads, Paul. Reply Paul Buchheit June 14, 2021 Thanks, Paul Reply David Paul Behrens June 14, 2021 Not much to say about the first poem, except it is great! I love the wordplay. Reply Paul Buchheit June 14, 2021 Thanks, David. Reply Julian D. Woodruff June 14, 2021 Mr. Buchheit, Your 1st is hyst-erical. It reminds me of the Monty Python song “Eric the half a bee ” (‘o ‘ad han haccident): “.. to half be mute philosophically half not be …” The gentle enjambment in your 2nd suggests that familiar, besotted, head-in-the-clouds feeling. Good going! Reply Julian D. Woodruff June 14, 2021 Sorry; corr.: “… to half be must philosophically …”, etc. Reply Paul Buchheit June 14, 2021 Thank you, Julian! Reply Margaret Coats June 14, 2021 “Logic Class” reminds me of why I gave up teaching logic. Even with a workbook and answer key, I hardly understood the subject myself, and could not make its intricacies clear to students. Therefore, I will simply ask you to explain some logic from “A Love Remembered.” This beautiful poem seems to make a little jump in line 12. The doves begin to serenade, but do they also flatter and beguile? Or is “your smile” doing that? Thanks for the poem and the help! Reply Paul Buchheit June 14, 2021 Thanks, Margaret. It’s all about the doves at the end there. Reply Jim Robertson June 14, 2021 Logic Is Logic. That’s All I Say – Oliver Wendell Holmes Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant June 14, 2021 Paul, your highly amusing, tongue-twisting, brain-straining ‘Logic Class’ is huge fun to read aloud. ‘A Love Remembered’ is a smooth and soothing serenade that submerges the senses in bliss. Lovely! Reply Paul Buchheit June 14, 2021 Thank you, Susan! 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