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In Broken Images

March 20th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 2 Comments

Robert Graves PortraitI have an old, sentimental newspaper-article-cut claiming “pessimistic hi-tech employees are more productive than their optimistic peers” hanging on my office wall.

In this context, last summer I wrote, coined and trademarked the Pessimistic Developer Paradigm.

Early this week I have interviewed a very interesting dude* who saw this old article hanging on my office and introduced this amazing poem by Robert Graves which I must share in this pessimistic context…

In Broken Images (by Robert Graves)

He is quick, thinking in clear images;
I am slow, thinking in broken images.

He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images;
I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images.

Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance;
Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance.

Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact;
Questioning their relevance, I question their fact.

When the fact fails him, he questions his senses;
when the fact fails me, I approve my senses.

He continues quick and dull in his clear images;
I continue slow and sharp in my broken images.

He in a new confusion of his understanding;
I in a new understanding of my confusion.

* Thanks Tomer and Good Luck!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1  Tzvika // Mar 21, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Graves was obviously a much better writer of historical fiction than he was a poet.

    Shabat Shalom!

  • 2  Moti Karmona // Mar 21, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Dear Barenholz,

    You might be right but I am pretty sure you are wrong… ;-)
    He was a better writer of historical fiction than he was a poet but he also was a better poet than many others …

    Purim Sameach!

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