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Mark Bohrer is the current Poet Laureate of North Andover, Mass.
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Sunday, January 27, 2019
The Word from the Corner - Jean-Paul-Fozzy-Bear Sartre
No poem today. Just a story, remembering
a good friend.
What is Life?
I was thinking about my late friend, the
philosopher Jean-Paul-Fozzy-Bear Sartre. Of course you’ve heard of him. The
name just trips off the tongue – Jean-Paul-Fozzy-Bear Sartre. I remember how he
pondered the deep questions of life, meaning…and leftovers.
I remember when he asked me that
existential question “What are we to do if life serves us nothing but cold
leftovers? How are we to respond? How are we to live?”
Well, I remember, he looked at me and
said something that stuck with me - “The cold leftovers given to us by life can
leave us cold and empty, or we can look at them and say, ‘Hey, how nice,
someone cooked! I’ll warm it up. Those vegan meatballs look delicious. I think
they’re in curry sauce.’”
Those words changed my life. So if life
serves you nothing but cold leftovers, remember to keep his words in mind: “How
nice, someone cooked! I’ll warm it up.” May it bring you solace.
PS It's hard to find a good picture that
captures the man (or bear as some have called him) so I'm sharing two that capture
the two aspects of his essence.