Josh Weiss

Rookie (8/1/1988 / Chicago)

I Tried - Poem by Josh Weiss

I lay my tongue out for the great flavor,
To lick the destiny of space and time;
I tried to taste the purpose of it all,
Yet nothing upon my tongue did fall.

I breathed in deeply through my nose,
To smell the sweet smell of teleology;
I tried to smell the explanation of existing,
Yet to my sorrow nothing was assisting.

I reached out my hands and felt for fate,
Extending my being to sense some finality;
I tried to feel the warmth of God’s design,
Yet to my touch there came no sign.

I concentrated my ears to listen for a sound,
Paying attention closely for a voice of reason;
I tried to hear for a divine decree,
Yet no great sound ever came to me.

I opened my eyes wide to search the void,
Looking for any preordained intention;
I tried to see the point of all this being,
Yet in this deep dark there is no seeing.

To imagination I turned to pierce the chaos,
Trying to conceive of a purposeful life;
I tried to form some idea of an infinite plan,
Yet failed to envision such a vast span.

To intellect I bowed, thinking through the mist,
With rationale wanting to think of the hidden destiny;
I tried to reason through the gloomy night,
Yet never had I come upon that light.

What is left to use in dissecting the universe?
Something remaining to discover the truth;
I thought and something came with relief,
Of all things used, I could still use belief.

I believed intensely, with a mighty passion,
I believed in an end, a final resolution;
I tried with fierce valor to believe in God,
Yet what remained was a darkening façade.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, January 21, 2011

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