Grooks - short aphoristic poems accompanied by appropriate drawings
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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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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:

Cheers! Aurora

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 always

know what’s best


a universal pest.


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.


There is

one art,

no more,

no less:

to do

all things

with art-



\'Impossibilities\' are good

not to attach that label to;

since, correctly understood,

if we wanted to, we would

be able to be able to.


Love is like

a pineapple,

sweet and



The road to wisdom?

- Well, it\'s plain

and simple to express:


and err

and err again

but less

and less

and less.

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Aug 6, 2002

I really love those Danes... That\'s attitude!

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Teresa Duran-Sanchez  Identity Verified
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Tienen un aire a greguería Aug 6, 2002

Me ha encantado, Aurora.

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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!\"

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xxxschwensen  Identity Verified
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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,


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claudia bagnardi  Identity Verified
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Really nice Aug 6, 2002

I loved them.

They have sweetened quite a rough day.

Thanks Aurora

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MikeGarcia  Identity Verified
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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...

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