Grooks - short aphoristic poems accompanied by appropriate drawings
Thread poster: Aurora Humarán
Special THANKS : -) to my ProZ friend Anna Schwensen who has introduced me to these lovely grooks. I fell in love with them as soon as I read the first one. They go straight to the point, they are simple and what they say is so true…
This is information from the Internet for those who do not know what Grooks are.
If you want to see the nice drawings go to: http://hjem.get2net.dk/san/grooks.html
What is a grook?
A Grook is a short aphoristic poem accompanied by an appropriate drawing, revealing in a minimum of words and with a minimum of lines some basic truth about the human condition.
Grooks were created originally during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. They began as a sort of underground language just out of reach of the Germans understanding. They have since become one of the most widely read forms of composition in the Scandinavian and English languages.
Grooks are the product of Piet Hein- a Danish scientist turned poet. Piet Hein has published poems, fiction, drama and essays. He also designed the famous \"rectangular oval\" known as the Super-Ellipse. The shape has been used for table-tops (perfect for seating as many as possible around a table!) and in the Stockholm City Center.
Piet Hein wrote a most fitting description of Danes and Danishness in the following Grook:
Denmark seen from a foreign land
looks but like a grain of sand.
Denmark as we Danes conceive it
is so big you won’t believe it.
Enjoy a few more of Piet Hein Grooks...
Men, said the Devil,
are good to their brothers:
they don’t want to mend
their own ways, but each others.
THOSE WHO KNOW
Those who always
know what’s best
a universal pest.
A PSYCHOLOGICAL TIP
Whenever you\'re called on to make up your mind,
and you\'re hampered by not having any,
the best way to solve the dilemma, you\'ll find,
is simply by spinning a penny.
No - not so that chance shall decide the affair
while you\'re passively standing moping:
but the moment the penny is up in the air,
you suddenly know what you\'re hoping.
Naive you are
if you believe
life favours those
who aren\'t naive.
WANTING TO BE ABLE TO
\'Impossibilities\' are good
not to attach that label to;
since, correctly understood,
if we wanted to, we would
be able to be able to.
WHAT LOVE IS LIKE
Love is like
THE ROAD TO WISDOM
The road to wisdom?
- Well, it\'s plain
and simple to express:
and err again
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| Tienen un aire a greguería || Aug 6, 2002 |
Me ha encantado, Aurora.
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| | Nitza Ramos
Local time: 07:38
Spanish to English
| Gracias Aurora || Aug 6, 2002 |
Que lindos! Aquí pongo uno que me encantó:
\"Those who have no wisedom yet count their wealth by what they get.
you who have the grace to live: count your wealth by what you give!\"
| Thank you for introducing the Vikings to the rest ;o) || Aug 6, 2002 |
I\'m soooo glad you liked Piet Hein, Au. He\'s probably the best beer, sorry -Dane- ever! ;o) A bit easier to understand than Kirkegaard!
Hope the rest of you, who don\'t know the Grooks/Gruk, will enjoy this wise man\'s wise words!
Love from the little big land,
I loved them.
They have sweetened quite a rough day.
| | MikeGarcia
Local time: 13:38
English to Spanish
| Gracias una vez más,Auh! || Aug 6, 2002 |
Dinamarca se recorre en un día yendo rápido ( yo lo hice ), Copenhagen es una pequeña y bella ciudad de juguete donde la Reina sale a pasear sus perritos a la calle sin que nadie la moleste, los daneses son cálidos, amables y corteses, y todo es \"small is beautiful\". Lo único ominoso es visitar el Castillo de Elsinor ( donde Shakespeare ambienta Hamlet ), que es sombrío y fantasmagórico, Lo curioso es que Willy nunca estuvo en Dinamarca ( dicen ):Y Piet Hein se puede respirar en cada rincón de cada callecita ( son todas peatonales ) del centro de Copenhagen.Y como todo el mundo habla inglés...