Pavlov’s Dog

Photo courtesy of Molly Lindsey

             

Who Is Pavlov’s Dog?

For starters, do you know about Pavlov?  Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849 – 1936) was a Russian born physiologist known for his work in classical conditioning. His work has greatly influenced our understanding of human behavior and learning processes, and he continues to influence the formation of modern behavior therapy.

His contributions have influenced a broad spectrum of fields, from psychology and physiology, to medicine and philosophy, but in popular culture he is well known for his “conditioned reflex” experiments with dogs. Various stimuli would be presented as an antecedent to feeding time, and the dogs would then become conditioned to salivate upon the stimuli presented before food was actually presented.

Hence, the image (above) of my Australian Shepherd, Molly, licking her chops. All we have to do is mention “treat, snack, breakfast, lunch, or supper,” and she begins licking her lips. The other day it made me wonder who Pavlov’s dog was, but then I discovered, he had many dogs! Duh!

Oh well . . . Pavlov and Molly conspired to make me think about who Pavlov’s dog was, which inspired a poem. I hope you enjoy “Pavlov’s Dog.”

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Big Data: Precious Oil . . . .


I heard the news today about Zuckerburg’s apology. It seems he is being judged guilty by people of all stripes and walks of life. I’m not a pollyanna: I don’t believe the world will ever live in peace, harmony, and unity. But it isn’t a bad thing to hope and pray for it. There is a lot to be said about the prayers of a righteous person in the Book of James.

Anyway, the whole mess inspired a new haiku. I hope you enjoy Big Data: Precious Oil . . . .

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Once In a Half-Baked Moon

You may be one who knows the history behind  “The Ides of March,” and you may even be one who is superstitious about it. I’m fascinated by it, and I enjoy learning new things about the moon and the ancient lunar calendar, but I hold no superstitions. Did you know that we have two full moons in March? You can learn a lot of cool factoids about the moon by watching this video by Dave Brody on Science.com.

My head has been swimming with The Ides of March, the moon phases, and other fabulous events this month, all of which have inspired me to write a prose poem titled “Once In a Half-Baked Moon.” I hope you enjoy it.

-dbl

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Aquellos Ojos Verdes

Happy Birthday, Dawn! I’m so grateful for you on so many levels. You are truly the best woman God could have found for me! I hope you have a fabulous birthday and many more to come.

You have your own song, Green Eyes, which Cold Play dedicated to you. And now you have your own haiku, a tribute to your beauty and your life. The Lord blessed this broken world with your kindness and generosity. I’m certain that everybody who knows you would agree. I hope you enjoy “Aquellos Ojos Verdes.” And again, happy birthday, my love!

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I Want to Give You Something

I was introduced to Arturo Montero Vega in a poetry translation course at Webster University in 1998. Vega was born in Costa Rica in 1924, and I have found it difficult to find much online information about him.

In one academic online document, Vega is lumped under the following terms: An “avant-garde” poet of the first (bifurcated) generation, born between 1917 and 1927. “In thematic terms, these generations deal with re-linked with the longing for communication, the dissolution of meaning and the condition of being before the world” (Web, 5 January 2018). 

I was drawn tho Vega’s “Quierro Darte” in college and I gave this poem my best translation effort here. I hope you enjoy my translation, which is ultimately, hopefully, close to the sound and sense Arturo Montero Vega was attempting to convey to us.

I want to Give You

(Translation of Arturo Montero Vega’s “Quiero Darte” by Donald Lindsey)

I want to give you something,
a heroic act,
a squeeze of the hand.
I want to give you the leaves of your body,
the wood of your soul,
the bread of your table.
I want to give you a smile,
a gesture,
anything at all.

© by  Donald Lindsey

(May 18, 1998) All Rights Reserved

 

Continue to see Vega’s “Quiero Darte.”

 

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