Pascal Pensee #299 — a couplet


“Unable to strengthen justice, they have justified might”
True. ’tis what they do, but is it right?

Two things:

  1. I’ve been working my way through Pascal’s Pensées. In this section, he talks about the tension/balance between justice and might.

A longer quote from Pensée #298 says — “Justice is subject to dispute; might is easily recognized and is not disputed. So we cannot give might to justice, because might has gainsaid justice, and has been declared that it is she herself who is just. And thus, being unable to make what is just strong, we have made what is strong just.”

(gainsay definition — deny or contradict)

I roll these thoughts around in my head — justice and might — because we have a president who has promised to “make America great again.” Is that accomplished through justice or might?

2. To try to get back to writing some poems, I’m going a second round with “A Kick in the Head” — a book I picked up at a thrift store that gave examples of 29 different poetic forms.


Snowdrops – a haiku


Heads bowed in prayer
Listening to death, life, earth
Snowdrops whisper hope


Spring is a time for all things new —
So, Stephen, I’ll try to write a poem or two.


Sunrise in Greene

Sunrise in Greene

Pink sky at dawn
I’m sad that you’re gone

Sunset in Cooperstown

Sunset in Cooperstown

Pink sky at night
You’re such a delight


An aubade is a morning song, a serenade an evening song.

I stared and shuddered at the prospect of writing an aubade. Really. How could I write a love poem to the dawn? So I coupled it with a serenade, wrote a couple of couplets, and called it done.

I love dawn. I love my friends named Dawn, too. Quite frankly, it would have been easier to write a love poem about one of my Dawns than any dawn.

Dawn (the time of day) is a transcendent moment of beauty. It’s  obvious why some civilizations worshipped the sun. Some days it takes my breath away.