Puzzles


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PUZZLES

Is this cup I hold here half empty
Or else, as some would have me think, half full?
A troubling conundrum, eternally insoluble
Yet quickly resolved by simply letting go

Full of confidence, the tortoise
Challenges his friend the hare to a race
“Just give me a ten yard start,” he says
“And you’ll never catch me,” he boasts

And he’s right, for whenever Hare reaches the spot
The tortoise has already gone
Still … When the hare has gone twenty yards
Where is the tortoise then?

Imagine a goose in a narrow-necked glass bottle
How can you get the goose out of the bottle
Without either of them coming to any harm?
Easily … There; it’s free

A puzzle you might find more tricky
History professors can’t answer it
Scientists still haven’t solved it
Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on January 12, 2012, in Poetry, Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. i believe the egg…but that is just me πŸ˜‰

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  2. I always love these kinds of puzzles to ponder, Ben. πŸ™‚

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  3. Life is full of (unanswerable?) questions – that’s what keep scientists in employment, lol! Nice one, Ben. πŸ˜†

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  4. The only answer I can find is ‘in your mind’. Imagination can do anything?

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  5. sarahjaneprosetry

    Sometimes the questions are more important than the answers. Always thinking. I do join you in that.

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  6. Hi Ben, thanks for visiting. I’ve come across this image before, who’s is it? I’ve experienced this illustrative metaphor in an old dream, makes me smile. Namaste

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  7. πŸ™‚ … “quickly resolved by simply letting go….”…. when I was talking about this with Jampa today, he commented on the chicken and the egg too…and to not spend time or get lost in, or distracted by, thinking about such things…but to observe that there is a glass, there is water…and not spend time on half empty or full…As I think more about it….maybe a perception/interpretation of half empty or full might be in relation to what I want it to be, or “me-ness” about the water….but, I still am pondering it… thanks for linking me to this…I guess there’s a reason they’re called “brain teasers”

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  8. thanks Ben… Jampa commented that he thought that I had already gotten the idea before I had started creating those pages, but got tangled in the words/over-intellectualizing/defining about it…back to chopping wood? πŸ™‚
    Angela added a great poem from Tao Te Ching …it’s here …http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/other/half-full-half-empty/#comment-3720 thank you again, kathy

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  9. Hummm. More puzzles more puzzles. I love them I do.

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  10. What I get out of this, Ben Naga, is that there is an answer to such puzzles:
    Imagine a goose in a narrow-necked glass bottle
    How can you get the goose out of the bottle
    Without either of them coming to any harm?
    Easily … There; it’s free
    You simply cut through them and feel the answer in the answer, so to speak. This strikes me as a serious mystic’s response to mystery and conundrums. Look, there’s the answer! Can a thought process end up creating a real entity that is and is not a man?
    I wonder how many of your readers understand how serious your work really is underneath the playfulness and cleverness. How much of a mystic poet you are underneath the words you spill on the page?

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    • Each of us is are at the place we are at this moment. And as George remarks in the film “Yellow Submarine”

      – “It’s all in the mind.”

      (Imagine/hear the accompanying knowing smile and wink.)

      Once upon a time I divided folk into those who knew and those who did not. But then

      “I was so much Adler then
      I’m Junger than that now”

      “I wonder how many of your readers understand how serious your work really is underneath the playfulness and cleverness. How much of a mystic poet you are underneath the words you spill on the page?”

      Some have had an inkling, I think, I believe. See the comments to “Reflection And Expression”.

      https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/reflection-and-expression/

      And I would certainly number you among those who recognise what I attempt to convey.

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