In a mad world, remember Denmark’s Piet Hein. Theoretical physicist, poet, wartime resistance activist, mathematician and simply a human being in all its warmest glory. His short poems (Grooks) have a haiku-like quality, reflecting on the simple complexities of life, and as a consequence of real politics as it hits real people. I have cherished these gems for a long time, and wonder if other Liberal Democrats might find them helpful.
His first ever Grook was published in the newspaper Politiken under the Nazi occupation of Denmark. It was
Losing one glove
is certainly painful,
compared to the pain,
of losing one,
throwing away the other,
the first one again
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