Thursday, October 09, 2008

Symbolic

SYMBOLIC, adj. Pertaining to symbols and the use and interpretation of symbols.
They say 'tis conscience feels compunction;
I hold that that's the stomach's function,
For of the sinner I have noted
That when he's sinned he's somewhat bloated,
Or ill some other ghastly fashion
Within that bowel of compassion.
True, I believe the only sinner
Is he that eats a shabby dinner.
You know how Adam with good reason,
For eating apples out of season,
Was "cursed." But that is all symbolic:
The truth is, Adam had the colic.
—G.J.
2008 Update: In allusion to reality, notion, or ideal, such as the statues, statutes and pursuits to which humanity devotes the majority of endeavor.

14 comments:

TLP said...

Quid Pro Quo.

weirsdo said...

When I was an English graduate student we had a departmental softball team called the Sliding Signifiers.

quilly said...

SYMBOLIC adj
language, et al. It's all assigned meaning and ritual. Flawed, for sure, but totally amazing that it works at all!

Ariel the Thief said...

Everything really, nobody knows the true face of reality, we only know its symbols, like you translate your world into words. Fun!

the amoeba said...

SYMBOLIC, adj. Pertaining to the obnoxious noise of two objects struck together. The objects may be physically juxtaposed, such as the brass plates in a Sousa march, or metaphorically so, such as the Statue of Liberty and Guantanamo Bay.

Tom & Icy said...

I don't know if you are a dog or a Greek statue. Your symbol is a two sided coin.

Jim said...

Symbolic: The ♥ is symbolic for a throbbing wannabe close to you feeling.
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Doug said...

Well done, TLP.

Haha, Weirsdo. Were the physics team called the Quantum Bases? Did anyone ever score?

And that we can make satire from it Quilly, is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. But not necessarily with each other.

Philosophy, Ariel!

Faith without love, Amoeba, is like a clanging symbolism.

Janus, Ice?

Jim, if Adi can type, I bet that's all she says.

Jamie Dawn said...

That part in the poem about eating a shabby dinner made me sad. Shabby dinners are good reason for depression. I've been known to eat a Hot Pocket for dinner.
I'm sure that made you dab a tear from your eye.

Symbolic: It's like when an arrow points downward to make you aware that something is about to head in a downward direction. This can also work using an upward pointing arrow, in which case you'd know that something was about to head upward.

actonbell said...

The eye at the top of the pyramid on a one-dollar bill that suggests that we are insured by providence.

:)

Anonymous said...

SYMBOLIC,,as in Dow...nothing from nothing is nothing...Peace

sauerkraut said...

commenting here is symbolic of something; what that might be is beyond the reach of my brain.


meow.

Ariel the Thief said...

Nah, philosophy is for daydreamers.

Doug said...

JD, what if the arrow points left? I never could decipher those. *sniff*

And owned by freemasons, Actonbell.

Peace and prosperity, bear,

Sauerkraut, I think you might be right.

Who is language for, Ariel?