7:32 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Paul Simon singing Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Hi, everyone. The sun is finally shining and maybe I won’t have to put on my woolly socks today. Yes, I even had to turn the heat on, yesterday. Crazy. Meanwhile, my brother in Florida [where we are spending this Memorial Day weekend] is emailing and saying: Revised weather. It’s going to be 95! Ack.
If you haven’t had a chance to read last week’s contributions, head over. I do realise that the problem with my ‘post anytime’ policy is that some poems don’t get seen as much as they should. I will try to do an occasional reminder to look and have a read before starting the new prompt. I ran into today’s idea when I came across a couple of quotes regarding intelligence, that fascinated me.
‘Pain and suffering are inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.’ Fyodor Dostoevsky
‘Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.’ Ernest Hemingway
Dostoevsky. Hemingway. These guys have cred (their own lives, for one thing). Given they were writers, I became curious as to the original meaning of intelligence, not the one we assign to it today. I found “faculty of understanding,” “power of discerning; art, skill, taste,” “to understand, comprehend,” from inter- “between” and legere “to choose, pick out, read” (Online Etymology Dictionary). Of course. Apparently, the meaning we assign to it, of sagacity, only came around in the 15th century. Read the statements again. Now here’s what you can do:
1] Take one of the statements and agree, or disagree, with it. While they appear to say the same thing, not quite.
2] Look up quotes on intelligence (with a similar definition, or connotation) and choose one you want to use as your kick off.
3] Ignore both statements and start with the definitions above.
Your poem can deal directly with the topic, or come at it indirectly through a story, a metaphor, symbols… in some way the poem must deal with the idea that people who have intelligence cannot live a happy life.
I shall see you Thursday for a couple of links; Friday for the prompts roundup; and Tuesday for our image prompt.
Happy writing, all.