Why do we fear what we don’t understand?
What makes ignorance the beast that it is?
Why do we crush what we cannot command?
How does good reason make sense of all this?
Does logic lend favour to a good cause?
Does logic distinguish fiction from fact?
Does logic consider the pregnant pause?
Does logic rationalise the random act?
Sadly, the answer is ‘no it does not’.
Some things defy logic; leave us confused.
Some things are awkward, contentious and hot.
Some things intrigue us, and leave us bemused.
. A reasonable logic is common sense.
. A logical reason is consequence.
© Tim Grace, 28 December 2013
To the reader: Common sense contributes to the real-life application of experience in the face of new circumstances. In a logical sense, taking a ‘common’ approach to problem solving is a bit hit and miss. Logical approaches reduce the impact of bias and error; distancing head-strong habits from heart felt emotions; favouring the cool calculation. All very-well, but hardly suited to the quirky-nature of human behaviour. We do what we do often to deliberately defy logic, to be unpredictable … don’t ask me why!
To the poet: The challenge was to defend common sense. Over logic; which at best, questions irrational sentiments and contributes to good judgement. To address the challenge, the sonnet’s three stanzas rally to explore “Why… Do… Some things …” Ironically, through logical entanglements, the final couplet struggles with the delivery of a summative punch.