November 10, 2008

One Single Impression: Paradox

One Single Impression is a community of poets writing and sharing Haiku and other poetic forms. Each week a new prompt is provided to inspire writing.

Here's my contribution for this week's prompt: Paradox.

Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow,
But never jam today,
Hello, we all do agnize
Yesterday's tomorrow is today!

You can't get a job,
Without experience,
But you can't get experience,
Without a job: Sigh!

Every swan I've seen is white,
So I reckon all swans are white;
Dishonesty of honesty tests;
It's like a matter of true lies!

Oscar Wilde said bollocks,
And refused to be involved;
The chicken or the egg first,
Also Aristotle struggled to know!

Exceptions to rules is overblown,
Fallacy in logic isn't rare;
Do my thoughts think for me,
Or is it I? Dualism exists!

Skepticism and ambiguity,
Evasiveness and equivocations;
All of it, in little measure or big,
Is a contradictory part of me!

A paradox I am, you ask for proof,
For you refuse to believe;
Intransigent and prevaricated,
I decline to demonstrate!

For I know am a paradox,
And if to prove I proceed;
I know then I'd cease to be one,
And the exercise would be in vain!

I'm a pointless paradox,
Yes, indeed I am one;
But then do you realize, so are you,
And likewise is this world!


Jim said...

Celine you have written of paradoxes that I can identify with. Just a lot I have wondered about from time to time, the second is very personal with members of my family.

Where would our world be without the many paradoxial situations. For sure a very serious duller place. You have summed it up nicely with your surprise ending.

Deborah Godin said...

You've touched on both the big and little paradoxes in life; very enjoyable to read!

Beth P. said...

Dear Celine--
Boy, you went for it--
Yes, paradox abounds!
Thank you for this, and your lovely site!! Wow--first visit for me, but not my last.

anthonynorth said...

Deep and so very true - or not :-)

Quiet Paths said...

Awesome is this. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

•♥•♥[V]♥•♥• said...

the last three para were fabulous yaar

take care

zoya gautam said...

..many thanks for these wonderful lines..

tumblewords said...

An enjoyable and thought provoking read -

Lakshmi said...

Pointless paradox..umm I think i am one too..very thought provoking and ironically funny as well..loved the pictures

Saibal Barman said...

What a strong composition, Celine !
You've amazed me !!!!!!!!!!
I loved every part of it..perfect flow, perfect words and strong thought !
My salute !

Anonymous said...

I can only say I loved it and lived it ...

auringonkukka =) said...

have a nice week!!

Jeni said...

Thanks so much for visiting and for your comments on my post today. By the way, I really enjoyed reading your paradoxes -how true, how true your words are.

Merisi said...

Dear Celine,
by the time I came to your last paradox, I was not only smiling, but nodding. ;-)

SandyCarlson said...

Wonderful stuff here. I think you have touched on the great and the ordinary and left us with the idea that we are really humble creatures, whether we know it or not!

Fledgling Poet said...

You came up with so many...I'm very impressed! This was a lot of fun to read.

Mridula said...

I identified with the last paragraph quite strongly.

soulbrush said...

this is mesmerising, the photo and the words. i worked in kuwait for 4 years teaching, but want to still visit india and the himalayas!

soulbrush said...

ooops i think i told you about kuwait on tuesday's world entry!

GMG said...

Hi Celine! Sorry for the long delay in coming here, but the last two weeks were too hectic!
Finally I managed to get to your blog, and see some wonderful pictures! Loved the Joshimath roadside view! And the Chamoli blocked road history... ;))
So, we had an excellent Traveller, Blogger, Photograp+her, Writer, and now Poet... What else?
Meanwhile Blogtrotter is back to Greece in November 2007! Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Zhu said...

I like the picture as well as the poem, which almost sounds like a song. So many paradoxes, so many catch 22 in life... I have experienced a few myself!

Ravi Kumar said...

oye teach me poem writing...

indicaspecies said...

Welcome, and thank you for your kind words. Indeed this world is all the more interesting as it is seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true. I’m pleased that you liked the way it ends.

Thank you for your visit and the nice words you left behind.

Haha..delighted that you agree paradox abounds! You are welcome here.

That itself is contradictory..haha!

@Quiet Paths:
Thank you. Glad you did.

Thank you.

My pleasure. I hope you drop in again.

I’m delighted that you felt so. Do visit again.

We all are, to some extent or the other. Glad you enjoyed this, and saw the subtle humor in it as well. Thanks.

Haha..thanks a lot for those lovely words, and am delighted that you enjoyed it.

Intisar, I know it’s you. Thank you for your visit and leaving behind an encouraging comment.

@ Auringonkukka:
Thank you very much. I wish you a nice week.

I’m delighted, and thank you for your visit.

Thank you. I was certain that you would like this piece.

Thank you very much for your visit and the nice comment you’ve left behind.

@Fledgling Poet:
Welcome. Glad you dropped by, and thanks a lot for your kind words.

I am glad you felt so. Thanks for your comment.

Thank you very much. I am pleased to have met you in the blogworld. I’ll be looking forward to your visit here, and at my other blog, and I do hope you get an opportunity to see India and the Himalayas.

Gil, with those words you have left me with a feeling that I am multi-talented. Thank you so much for your kind words.

The picture was shot in Dubai last month. Glad you liked the poetry, and I agree with your comment on catch 22.

@Ravi Kumar:

Ashraf said...

WOW..that was some shrewd observation and fantastic penmanship...

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for the nice words.:)

Anonymous said...

This poem is not pointless.

Anonymous said...

Ah! All the unanswered questions, the ponderables and inponderables. As for me, I'm still searching for answers...but I do believe in dualism.

indicaspecies said...


I'm delighted that you feel so Dar.;)

indicaspecies said...


The quest continues, doesn't it? Thank you for your visit and leaving behind a comment.:)

~vagabond~ said...

You really write very well...loved reading the poem!

indicaspecies said...


Thank you, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.:)