Fatality Poem by Ruben Dario

Fatality

Rating: 3.7


The tree is happy because it is scarcely sentient;
the hard rock is happier still, it feels nothing:
there is no pain as great as being alive,
no burden heavier than that of conscious life.

To be, and to know nothing, and to lack a way,
and the dread of having been, and future terrors...
And the sure terror of being dead tomorrow,
and to suffer all through life and through the darkness,

and through what we do not know and hardly suspect...
And the flesh that temps us with bunches of cool grapes,
and the tomb that awaits us with its funeral sprays,
and not to know where we go,
nor whence we came! ...

POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
from Selected Poems by Rubén Darío, translated by Lysander Kemp, University of Texas, Austin, 1988
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 19 November 2015

The pain of a conscious life is the price we pay for a soul- although there are a few personality types who manage to lead an unconscious life and never feel pain or remorse.

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Godfrey Morris 19 November 2015

Awesome this poem has a lot of great lines. There is no pain as great as being alive

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Seema Jayaraman 19 November 2015

The pain of a conscious life.. well drafted.. thanks for sharing

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Meshack Bankole 19 November 2015

A hopeless fate! Great lines showing a hopeless estate... quite personal though

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Rahman Henry 19 November 2015

and not to know where we go, nor whence we came! ...

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Dr Dillip K Swain 14 October 2021

And the sure terror of being dead tomorrow, and to suffer all through life and through the darkness....brilliantly put. An excellent poem.

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Chinedu Dike 25 October 2019

Well expressed thoughts and feelings.An insightful work of art. Thanks for sharing, Ruben.

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A. Madhavan 19 November 2015

The poet is turning to fatalism, an age old theme, quotably expressed in Thomas Gray's 'Elegy in a country churchyard'. I wish we amateurs try to write something different, personal, even describing a minor incident in our daily life, mostly suburban perhaps. My rating for this poem is 6. A. Madhavan

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Kim Barney 19 November 2015

His real name was Félix Rubén García Sarmiento, and this poem seems to indicate that he had no belief in the hereafter. He says 'there is no pain as great as being alive' and I totally disagree. Life is great! He did a great job expressing himself in the poem, however.

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* Sunprincess * 19 November 2015

............an incredible poem....the ending is extraordinary ?

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