Friday, January 09, 2009

LXXVII - A Senseless Question

Cornelisz Cornelis - "The golden age (bacchanalia)"
One Minute Writer had a topic called "Senses".
"If you had to lose one of your five senses, which would you choose?"

A Senseless Question

Who’s the contender
For the sense I’d surrender?
Is this a game or a terrible dream?

The questions not a fair one
But, supposing I can spare one,
I will play along for the sake of the team.

For a start, I’d keep sight
The world’s a delight
Of nature and beauty and nudes.

And touch, too, would stay;
I can be fondled all day
And seldom request it concludes.

There are sounds I adore,
Birds, beaches and more,
Quartets and the pipes of Peru.

Smell, on the whole,
Plays a supporting role;
But if it went, taste would go along too.

It seems such a crude waste
Of my cellar to choose taste
But it is the best of a really bad deal.

So, those are my thoughts
On an awful choice, of sorts;
I hope never to make it for real.

© J Cosmo Newbery
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  1. I got stuck on 'can be fondled all day'. I'm sure the rest was good, though! ;)

  2. I don't think I could make the choice. There are too many wonderful things that require each. Food, music, beautful scenery, books, being "fondled", the smell of yummy men's cologne.
    No, I definitely need all of my senses!!

  3. And your sense of reality, still have that do you?

  4. fortunately we usually never have to make that choice ..
    unfortunately, the choice is usually taken out of our hands.

  5. Diane: Stop it!

    Heather: True.

    Lee: Nope. Hanging on grimly to my sense of imagination though.

    Foam: Possibly a good thing.

  6. Wow. This was really good. And I'm talking about craft as well as imagery. But this one caught me.

    For a start, I’d keep sight
    The world’s a delight
    Of nature and beauty and nudes.

    I think I agree with everything you said in the poem, although I think I might have found a way out so I could keep taste too.

  7. A tough choice, but you've managed it nicely. I like the rhyming scheme... it's different. Pipes of Peru?


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