Erica Jong

(26 March 1942 / New York City)

The Central Passion - Poem by Erica Jong

What is the central passion
of a life?
To please mummy & daddy?
To find a home for their furniture?
To found a family of one's own,
possibly a dynasty?
To fill the world with more books
that have no readers
or books that have too many
& kill
too many trees?

What is the passion
that drives us
as the wind drives
a winged seed?
To reproduce ourselves,
then die?
To meet God once
if only in a dream?
To reach enlightenment
through pain
or pleasure?

Or perhaps just
to question
as I am doing now,
& to teach by questioning. . .

Yes- this is both passion
& power
enough.


Comments about The Central Passion by Erica Jong

  • (5/24/2016 11:12:00 PM)


    A beautifully envisioned thought provoking poem trying to explain some facets of the riddle called life. Thanks for sharing, (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rajnish Manga (5/24/2016 10:28:00 PM)


    The poem leads us to introspection through questions that are worth contemplating for understanding life and its purpose. Thanks for sharing a philosophical poem. (Report) Reply

  • (5/24/2016 11:33:00 AM)


    Hi Erica,
    a really good poem on the enigmas and intrigues of life. Beautifully phrased. Enjoyed reading. Congrats! Thank you for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • Emmanuel Arunee Mwanza (5/24/2016 9:42:00 AM)


    Sometimes one has really to question and of course through questioning we also learn.thanks for the piece (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/24/2016 1:10:00 AM)


    The passions of life! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

Read all 5 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012



[Report Error]