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Grook

A grook ("gruk" in Danish) is a form of short aphoristic poem. The name is meaningless and was invented by the Danish poet and scientist Piet Hein. The poems were meant as a spirit-building, yet slightly coded form of passive resistance against Nazi occupation during World War II. The characteristic irony, paradox, and the duality of quantum logic of the poems is the only distinguishing form.

 EDIAMATIC
 Know it all cold?
 Or lank with acedia?
 Share and be bold;
 Come build Wikipedia.
 -- Anon.

 ASSY-METRY
 There's nothing that goads
 Like no-passing roads
 With a slowpoke in front
 And a hot rod in back ---
 'Cause you'd never speed
 It's just that you need
 To get past that grunt 
 And away from that devil on crack.
 -- Anon.

 DRIVE ON
 Schadenfreude Grook
 Flare spoor, white powdery burns:
 Like funerals without the urns.
 Mark the passages of lives before eyes
 And the uttering of inhuman cries.
 Still we're always glad to see'um,
 Cause it means we didn't be'em.
 --Anon.



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