Hugh Cobb

Rookie - 54 Points (29 January 1947 / New York, NY)

Lacking All Rhyme Or Reason - Poem by Hugh Cobb


lacking all rhyme or reason
skating through darkness
leaving trails of light
sparks reveal a void:
randomness seems a sound approach;
even scientific
(except for Heisenberg's Principle.)


an experiment in consciousness:
lab rats all,
we run merrily
round our mazes
seeking that perfect
chunk of cheese
trying to avoid the random shocks
(& dead ends) the flesh is heir to.
(with apologies to the Bard)


are we simply mechanistic,
accidental beings?
How can accident beget such art
as Hubble reveals:
splendid views of our illusion,
the one in which we dwell?


like Matroyshka dolls,
universe in universe
dimension in dimension
no particle too small
no macrocosm too large,
both ends of infinity
lead invariably to the same point:


all that is: illusion
all that is sensory,
all false readings
designed to trap the mind
keeping spirit firmly off its path...


our journey is neither found
in microscope nor telescope
but only in Heart's own center,
only in the last loving breath,
only when we know
that we are all one another
in reflection & in fact:
fragments of the same whole,
all truly one
& there is no other but we.

(Copyright 5/13/06)

Comments about Lacking All Rhyme Or Reason by Hugh Cobb

  • (5/18/2006 11:01:00 PM)

    Hugh this piece was clever and perhaps will take me a few reads to insure the benefit of knowledge it carries, but enjoyed the wholeness, the humanity, the spirituality, and of course the stanza about mistaken perceptions through sensory and illusion. For I am forever the queen of delusions.
    :) Enjoyed.
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  • (5/14/2006 7:47:00 AM)

    having those dolls you mentioned helped illustrate that portion of the poem for me. this is a meditative feast - so much to ponder and its hopeful, awakened conclusion makes good dharma indeed. (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2006 10:28:00 PM)

    This beautiful; phantasmagorical almost; but very striking. A fantastic poem. (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2006 10:27:00 PM)

    Very interesting. Great final summation of thought at the end. Great poem and great read. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 13, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 14, 2006

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