Saturday, July 6, 2013

Puzzling to Puzzled Minds

                                                                               Author: Meronim
Image: A Chuck Puzzle
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Puzzles are a fascination
an intellectual refuge to test
emotions  so tickled

Puzzling to some
of how so engrossed
one gets in unraveling
a cross-word puzzle

Time and patience are impacted
frustrations ensued
solutions pursued
with shrapnels of ideas blasted into
brains that refuse to operate
and co-operate

On hindsight its sobering effect
is notably a savior to sustain semblance
of balance and
of logic and sanity

Mind games, memory exercises
puzzles,  all impinge on the conscious
to bring out the best in the sub-conscious
to counter a debilitating memory loss
for which a cure is so elusive

Pathetic to observe brilliant minds
plunged so deeply in the dark abyss
of no return of the curse of dementia
a bane to the aging minds

God forbid!
Blogging helps!

Written for Brian's hosting at d'Verse, with Poetics :  PuZZled

16 comments:

  1. Have to keep the mind at work, so puzzles are a perk, blogging sure helps indeed

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  2. it is cool how they help keep the mind sharp, i like the intensity of that schrapnel stanza...ha...ideas do explode at times...especially when you are handling logic...smiles...i hope blogging does help...i need the sharpening...smiles.

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  3. i hope blogging helps, too :)

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  4. Well, if blogging helps, I will be safe. LOL. At my former house I lived next to a man and his wife. The man had Alzheimers, and every day the man and wife did crossword puzzles.....at the wife's insistance. I guess one can hope that this kind of thing helps. I am skeptical, but I won't dash anyone's hope. It is pathetic to once brilliant minds plunged into the abyss for sure. A truly AWFUL fate I wouldn't wish on even an enemy.

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  5. This is a great story of why we do puzzles! I love it because I need them.

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  6. Hi Hank,

    I read an article about the benefits of puzzles and how it keeps the mind sharp. I think you captured this theory very well in your poem and let's keep blogging as it helps our minds.

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  7. Hi Hank!

    Thoughtful - but not puzzling :-)

    Aloha



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  8. You hit the nail on the head with this one Hank. So true, we hope puzzles will deter dementia. I too hope that writing poems does it for me, because I never do puzzles. I tried sudoko once, but quit pretty quickly. Anyway, yes, God forbid.

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  9. ..oh, i love love puzzles... especially sodokus... i am a certified addict to it... a total geek to adorn my room & venture some bucks with sodoku books... i even cut out such from various mags, newspapers, journals, etc.... then i would time myself while solving each levels... playing sodokus helped me a lot when i'm still studying in college taking up accountancy... it's def a good exercise to sharpen your analytical skills which is the no 1 requirement in daring to take accounting... you don't actually need to be excellent in math you just need to have a good analytical skill to solve the complicated figures in auditing, taxation, cost accounting, bank recon, etc... ha, i am just thankful that sodokus were invented just at the right timing i needed a brain squeezer... lucky me... smiles.... loved it...

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  10. yes - i think blogging does help - you read on so many different topics, meet so many people - much better than crossword puzzles if you ask me...smiles

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  11. Blogging is another way of doing puzzle.. Dementia is so sad... to close at hand at the moment.

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  12. Oh, well you know, a puzzling puzzle puzzles puzzle-lovers! :-) Great post.

    Greetings from London.

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  13. brilliant, Hank.
    "with shrapnels of ideas blasted into
    brains that refuse to operate
    and co-operate" loved this part - great images.
    and yes, blogging does help - a great deal in fact.
    ~Miriam

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  14. Yes, thank Maude for blogging. Hi, Hank.

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  15. Blogging certainly helps Hank - keeps my mind alive. Love it and love your words of wisdom.
    Anna :o]

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  16. True, True. Blogging is also like a puzzle, it has all of puzzles blessings but lacks its easy starters.

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