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Paradigm Dancer

by Chris Sorrenti

I dance around the paradigm
cause after 50 years
still don’t know what it means
even the dictionary can’t give me satisfaction
the definition appearing as different
as the individual employing it
in conclusion the word a convenient catch
for all manner of intellect
and thus the ultimate avatar of psychobabble
or as a friend of mine now dearly departed
once pointed out
a matter of we all have to take our turn
at playing the village idiot

© 2007

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Author's Note: Title and closing piece to namesake collection.

Posted on 04/04/2007
Copyright © 2023 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Jean Mollett on 04/04/07 at 06:37 PM

Hi Chris, Good one. I see what ya mean, I looked it up too. I didn't go to any other words. I sum up as the meanings to many different words. If that makes any sense. LOL. Good question? Now, lets see what others think too.

Posted by Jean Mollett on 04/04/07 at 06:39 PM

I'm so sorry for the loss of your good friend. I feel your pain. I have lost a good friend too, little over 3 years ago. I feel your pain. Lots of hugs.

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 04/04/07 at 08:27 PM

heh heh heh...

Posted by A. Paige White on 04/04/07 at 09:28 PM

"the ultimate avatar of psychobabble" I really like that phrase. I think I've looked paradigm up before and obliviously it didn't stick with me cause I can't remember what it said. I like your definition. In fact I think it that defines more than just paradigm and I see no reason to drag out the ole webster when the sorrenti does so well. Enjoyed this.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 04/04/07 at 11:47 PM

Chris, a simplified analogy for paradigm is "box" in the commonly used phrase "thinking outside the box". Thinking inside the box is analogical with normal science (or normal anything). The box encompasses the thinking of normal science and thus the box is analogical with paradigm. "A" for effort, though, as this is a tough nut of a concept!

Posted by Laurie Blum on 04/05/07 at 01:30 PM

Now I am even more confused over what paradigm means! Yet you explained it so well!

Posted by Jennifer Ragan on 04/05/07 at 09:36 PM

What an interesting piece you've created. I like poems that make you ponder...good job:)

Posted by Laura Doom on 04/06/07 at 11:19 PM

A word that defines only itself - a self-fulfilling heresy? :)

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/07/07 at 02:07 PM

LOL!! Loved this bit of lightly sarcastic view of definitions! Great last line!

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 04/08/07 at 04:49 PM

I find, at 44, that the more I age, the less I seem to know. What I once thought I knew for SURE is now a new question. It's a funny paradox, eh? Nicely written!!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/08/07 at 05:07 PM

Chris! me too! - me too! - me too!

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 04/09/07 at 02:37 PM

Within the given paradigm, it's a pretty good poem. I always hated that nondescript word - thanks for taking it to task! d:-)

Posted by Glenn Currier on 07/17/10 at 01:08 PM

I love those last two lines. And... deviant that I am... I also like paradigms. They make life so simple - kinda like a narrative plot or a good movie. The postmodernists hate paradigms, but most of them (at least the ones I know of) are bores anyway. Dictionary definitions are usually unsatisfying - that is the reason for poetry. This one a good example. I am surprised I had not seen this poem before now. One last thing, my friend Charlie Morgan regularly pronounces the word: para-didg-um. It is a word he loves to mock - or use laughably. Thanks.

Posted by Bertram Sparagmos on 06/09/13 at 06:26 PM

And you did it, too. How self-effacing. =)

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