A Short Poem about Hegel by Joy Davidman

A Short Poem about Hegel by Joy Davidman October 2, 2009

I’d rather eat a poisoned bagel
than get involved again with Hegel
but for each sucker that his pen gulls
ten thousand more are gulled by Engels.


Joy Davidman, Out of my Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman. ed. Don W. King (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co, 2009), 109.

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  • I got a laugh when I read this, and just thought it was worth sharing with others. The book is interesting; I’m about 1/3 of the way into it and have learned much about Joy and her conversion to Christianity.

  • Gerald A. Naus

    Well, I had to write a philosopher poem, too in light of this

    It’s no secret, Jean-Paul Sartre
    Was a grumpy, angry fart
    Cause his gal De Beauvoir
    Kept students in her boudoir

    Derrida and old Foucault
    Enjoyed a game of tic-tac-toe
    While Deleuze and Guattari
    Watched the movie Hatari

    Nietzsche, in an angry rant,
    Called Hegel a vicious Kant
    While a hungry Schopenhauer
    Had his pork not sweet but sour.

    Plato, out with Socrates,
    Pondered much the stripper’s tease
    “Plato with a belle du jour !”
    Shouted baffled Epicure.

    To Descartes said Richard Rorty
    “Dinner’s waiting ! let’s go, shorty”
    “I thought about this,” said René,
    “Therefore I want that Crème brûlée!”

    Interjects Giordano Bruno
    “René, that’s thoughtless, so you know”
    Spinoza added, “Damn Descartes!”
    “All the brains, but little heart.”

    [Careful there, Gerald; I wanted to let this on, despite a few passages which are of questionable taste; I hope people understand — ed]

  • Gerald A. Naus

    Thx, I know what you mean. Of course, you are a Catholic, not a (boohiss) Calvinist 😉 Hegel being a post-Kantian, and a more ill-tempered one…

  • digbydolben

    Catholics are not supposed to be puritanical; there’s nothing of “questionable taste” in Gerald’s poem.