Dónall Dempsey

Veteran Poet - 1,546 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

Never Have A Drunken Philosophical Debate With A Table Or With A Chair - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

The chair said: 'Look...
how do you know I'm really here? '
If I were to retract
all my chairiness
that you take
as fact
you'd fall
on your arse! '

'Try it - and see! '
I'm not prepared to call the chair's
bluff.
'How do you know
I am not something
you're imagining
only existing
inside your brain? '

The table chimed in:
'Yes, what if I were
to withdraw
the absolute certainity
that I am

a table? '
'Take back all the data facts
that make me the table
that you think
I am! '

'Would you still be
able
to face a world
that may be only a figment
of your imagination? '

I say that the only thing I do know is that I don't know.
The molecules
dance before me.
These molecules I call
table.
These molecules I call
chair.
These molecules
claim they are me

or
I am them.
Talking chairs & tables
whatever can be
will be.
I only know
you've left
and we are
no longer us.

The world
just a heap of molecules
claiming to be
what they are
not.
There is just this
emptiness
where you
used to be.

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Comments about Never Have A Drunken Philosophical Debate With A Table Or With A Chair by Dónall Dempsey

  • (1/4/2008 10:40:00 AM)

    reminds me of the joke about Descartes in the bar: Bartender says, 'Last Call! Rene, you want another? ' Descartes ponders for a bit, replies 'I think not' and poof, dissappears. Liked the dark humor in this piece (and with lots of internal space) . -chuck (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 16, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 12, 2011


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