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University Leisure Seizure or That’s My Dunce Cap

    Done my life of earning wages, I thought to rest by turning pages

    Of the versifying sages whose lyrics I’d found appealing;

    But such seeking hedonistic, ’twas most unrealistic

    To think this simplistic foray wouldn’t start my senses reeling.

    I wished to give my brain a rest, and to this I will attest

    I felt that selfsame brain oppressed now being forced to ponder life;

    If I’d wanted great vexation, I’d have picked my own contemplations

    and enjoyed endless abnegation by taking on a wife.

    Why must poems have some meaning, must I reason out a gleaning

    Metaphorical images teeming from double-meanings vasty pit;

    All poets do is cause me grief, befuddle me beyond belief

    To wise their meaning even though it’s otherwise there writ.

    What is examination, but some school’s glorification

    I owe them no dedication, I’d rather pour myself a drink;

    I have no use for words symbolical, less for data mathematical

    And it’s not unreasonable to say the animal sciences stink.

    I have since absorbed mine curriculum, the quadrivium, the trivium

    And now I absorb Christendom for in learning I’ve learned nothing;

    I have touched all that is knowable, discoverable, ascertainable

    Yet the only thing retainable is the truth I’m now admitting.

    That I soon began to speculate, were I to simply deviate

    I’d be cultivated, educated and be damned a scholar’s weight;

    Not learned in the usual school, for mine is like to that of fools

    Where the rest of the talking monkeys and I still puzzle over tools.

    Max S