What the heck is a Grook? From the back of Grooks 1: A grook is a short, aphoristic poem, accompanied by an appropriate drawing, revealing in a minimum of words and with a minimum of lines some basic truth about the human condition.
Piet Hein (December 16, 1905–April 17, 1996) was a scientist, inventor, and poet. He began writing grooks as a form of resistance to the Nazis occupying his native Denmark. Not all of his grooks are political, however. Many express humor with a wink.
HINT AND SUGGESTION
an admonitory grook addressed to youth
The human spirit sublimates
the impulses it thwarts;
a healthy sex life mitigates
the lust for other sports.
(The accompanying line drawing is of Adam and Eve reclining nude in a tree while below a large snake approaches with a soccer ball in its mouth.)
I found the four volumes I own 35 years ago in the bookstore where my boyfriend at the time worked. It’s been a delight to rediscover them.
The lilacs are flowering, sweet and sublime,
with a perfume that goes to the head;
and lovers meander in prose and rhyme,
trying to say –
for the thousandth time –
what’s easier done than said.
Not an encouraging poem for a romance author! 🙂