Thursday, February 19, 2015

The advantage of indeterminism

    When one like Marlowe or Crane,
    Shelley or Keats has achieved
    His self-determined goals,
    Well, it is time to declare it
    Done and make room for whoever
    Comes next.  Some of the rest
    Of us however aren’t so sure.

    There are goals abounding
    And nights when our hypotheses
    Are rent by witches with sniggers --
    That die away perhaps but are
    Soon replaced to fend off
    Our latest conclusions, the next
    Painting, poem or design.           

    We rail at critics but were
    It not for them we might
    Think our slight efforts
    Worthy of places along
    Side Byron, Blake and Defoe,
    More insightful than anything
    By Wittgenstein and die.

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