Genius By Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain


Genius by Mark Twain

Genius, like gold and precious stones,
is chiefly prized because of its rarity.

Geniuses are people who dash of weird, wild,
incomprehensible poems with astonishing facility,
and get booming drunk and sleep in the gutter.

Genius elevates its possessor to ineffable spheres
far above the vulgar world and fills his soul
with regal contempt for the gross and sordid things of earth.

It is probably on account of this
that people who have genius
do not pay their board, as a general thing.

Geniuses are very singular.

If you see a young man who has frowsy hair
and distraught look, and affects eccentricity in dress,
you may set him down for a genius.

If he sings about the degeneracy of a world
which courts vulgar opulence
and neglects brains,
he is undoubtedly a genius.

If he is too proud to accept assistance,
and spurns it with a lordly air
at the very same time
that he knows he can’t make a living to save his life,
he is most certainly a genius.

If he hangs on and sticks to poetry,
notwithstanding sawing wood comes handier to him,
he is a true genius.

If he throws away every opportunity in life
and crushes the affection and the patience of his friends
and then protests in sickly rhymes of his hard lot,
and finally persists,
in spite of the sound advice of persons who have got sense
but not any genius,
persists in going up some infamous back alley
dying in rags and dirt,
he is beyond all question a genius.

But above all things,
to deftly throw the incoherent ravings of insanity into verse
and then rush off and get booming drunk,
is the surest of all the different signs
of genius.

Mark Twain
Perhaps one of my favorite story tellers of all times, I just had to mention it was Mark Twain’s birthday today. Great man, great storyteller and one hell of a comedian. In his honor, I’ve posted his poem above and I hope you’ve all enjoyed it.

6 responses

  1. The professor knows he could learn from this man every day of the week and more! Ahh, to share a cup of sotsiz tea…but alas never to be…

  2. I’m so glad to see you are celebrating the birthday of Mr. Twain today. A true genius, in the best sense of the word.

    1. I wouldn’t dare let it go by. He’s one of my favorite writers of all times and, living in the Midwest, I’ve had the chance to visit quite a few historical locations associated with him. Thanks for commenting and for having a impeccable taste in writers!

  3. Thanks so much, Procrastitorian! Mostly for confirming my genius. Now where did I set my tumbler of Jim Beam? Oh! Here it is under these reams of verse I’ve been penning that average people cannot comprehend much less appreciate.

    1. LOL Well you are quite welcome 😉

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