No. 71

Ex animo

I write this ex animo. Ex nihilo nihil fit, so this is something, welled up from some cacoethes scribendi. The fons et origo of this pome can be found in my restless aegri somnia. Here then, is an alter ego, meditating and thinking cogito ergo sum while trying to investigate what exactly a summum bonum would look like.

You are dubbed rara avis and I do wax poetic: rosa rubicundior, lilio candidior, omnibus formosior, semper in te glorior. But certainly this is just seductio absurdum. After all, I am compos mentis, or so I believe myself to be. But I must be crazy to think that your bonus trumps friendship. Aristotle said the best good is the good for itself, not for some thing else. Ergo, a quid pro quo demand, would be inappropriate. Even a benign demand, whatever that is, is wrong.

Maybe some time, at a bar, we could engage in vino veritas. There would be no malum in se or malum prohibitum for that matter. I indulge my own imagination in fantasies. I would write obsessively about you, a pedibus usque ad caput, for no discernible reason and for no immediate gain.

Ab initio, your visage caught my eyes and your sparse words captured my hard of hearing ears. Unto thyself, I thought with my indelicate imagination: A mari usque ad mare. Credo quia absurdum. Damnant quod non intellegunt. De gustibus non disputandum est. Dum spiro, spero. This passion, esto perpetua.

Infinitus est numerus stultorum; and I am one of them and among them. I pretend to use a lapsus calami to shine selfish truth. My use of incidental lapsus linguae also points in an inward way to myself in reach of you.

All of this because of coincidences and an opportunity to express friendship by breaking the rules but no specific commandments have been breached.

And further, please take all of this and me cum grano salis.

Nosce te ipsum.

Pax tecum,

[November, 2004]

Piet Cross was born in the United States in 1952. He lives with his five children, assorted animals from nature and his books in Providence, Rhode Island. Click Here to view the Piet Cross Poetry Index.

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Piet Cross Poetry-The Breeze Vectors, "Ex animo" No. 71
Published: November 7, 2004 by the Cosmic Baseball Association
Copyright © 2004 by Piet Cross