Robert Murray Smith

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The Improbability Of Being You - Poem by Robert Murray Smith

The probability of being you starts with
the Big Bang.

The begining of the universe was just under
14 billion years ago.

No Big Bang no you, you cannot disagree.

Now, no one can ever tell you in mathematical
certainty the probability leading to you.

If there was one atom missing in any sequence over
history from the Big Bang would you exist?

In all certainty, if one of your ancestors from the
begining of humans existing was missing there would be
no you.

We will skip to the Earth the date of your birth. To do
this we must forget the forming of our universe, and
the Earth. Also, the beginning of humans your ancestors.

The fusion of the female egg by a sperm resulted in
you being born. We have not computed the probability
of your parents' meeting.

Just that probability of your conception, and making
it to full term is astronomical, do you agree?

The sum total of what is stated above is that you are
so extraordinary unique.

When we look at your mind of chemical electrical neurons,
we find that no person ever had a mind like yours.

Are you now convinced how unique you are?

If you survive to old age you will have survived longer
than billions of humans.

Having worn out your body are you now satisfied that your
uniqueness has come to a proper end?

Die in peace you uniquely designed human.

Topic(s) of this poem: human

Comments about The Improbability Of Being You by Robert Murray Smith

  • (7/20/2017 2:12:00 AM)

    Great poem! ! when we expand ourselves to identify ourselves with all life that is there on earth we find that we have gained a new insight that melts our petty ego but simultaneously effaces all idea of littleness in our heart. Thanks! ! (Report) Reply

    Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (7/20/2017 2:48:00 AM)

    Many thanks for your comments.


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  • Roy Ballard (7/17/2017 4:34:00 PM)

    It is all so amazing but true. (Report) Reply

    Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (7/17/2017 7:58:00 PM)

    Thsnk you Roy. The more we look into ourselves as a species the more we see, and that is the beauty of poetry.


  • (7/12/2017 5:34:00 AM)

    Great poem Robert. How similar yet how unique we are. Mathmetics has created a link of a outer world among us. We are the lucky ones who survived and realized that probability. Yet there is an inner link that is even more fascinating and I am in awe when I see that being explored. All roads take back to one answer. Millions out of one. Unique yet similar. Thank you for letting me know about this poem. (Report) Reply

    Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (7/12/2017 5:55:00 AM)

    Savita, a comment worth reading. Thank you.


  • Seamus O' Brian (7/11/2017 4:42:00 PM)

    A brilliant analysis of the improbability of being. I love the title to begin with; it captivates immediately. You walk the line of analytical thinking while preserving the cloak of poetic expression. Your conclusion is a remarkable and triumphant exit to a piece that does not allow its introduction of something as infinitely intangible as the origin of the cosmos to overshadow its own particular and specific message. Excellent composition, Robert! (Report) Reply

    Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (7/11/2017 7:01:00 PM)

    Many thanks Seamus for a wonderfully crafted comment. This poem is the foundation stone of my philosophy, discovered by writing poetry. That's the beaury of writing poems.



  • Mirela Athanas (7/9/2017 2:32:00 AM)

    It's interesting how you start a poem, without even knowing the writer, somehow you start to learn his style, and at the end the poem makes you shed a tear. This is what happened with me and this poem, thank you Robert, and thanks for being unique and bringing reminding us of our own uniqueness. (Report) Reply

    Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (7/9/2017 3:49:00 AM)

    Mirela, I'm honoured to have such a lovely comment.


  • Berlyn Estimada (7/8/2017 11:00:00 PM)

    A very interesting poem! (Report) Reply

  • Doris Cornago (7/8/2017 3:36:00 AM)

    This is a fitting poem for my mom who turned 90 yesterday. To reach a ripe age is indeed a privilege. May I share on my FB wall? (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2017 9:34:00 PM)

    Robert this is a very good poem. (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2017 4:19:00 PM)

    So wonderful to know this. (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2017 7:05:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem. So full of philosophy. (Report) Reply

  • (6/26/2017 9:11:00 PM)

    I was referred to this wonderful poem. I learnt a lot. Many thanks for this Robert. (Report) Reply

  • Oveh Dominic (6/26/2017 5:03:00 PM)

    This is awesomely beautiful! I love it! The uniqueness of man that goes to a proper end. Nice! (Report) Reply

  • (6/24/2017 11:09:00 PM)

    This poem has insight into our being born. (Report) Reply

  • (6/24/2017 9:51:00 PM)

    I liked this poem. So unexpected. (Report) Reply

    Oveh Dominic Oveh Dominic (6/26/2017 5:03:00 PM)

    Really so unexpected!

  • (6/24/2017 4:16:00 PM)

    This poem let's me know I should not be here. (Report) Reply

    Oveh Dominic Oveh Dominic (6/26/2017 5:04:00 PM)

    I am laughing all the way!

  • (6/23/2017 11:45:00 PM)

    Great poem. I learnt something from your poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kenneth Maswabi (6/23/2017 2:27:00 AM)

    Wow Robert! ! This is a uniquely designed poem. I love it so much. The probability of you writing this poem is astronomical but you hit the nail on the head. Thank you. (Report) Reply

    Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (6/23/2017 4:03:00 AM)

    Thanks Ken.

  • Daniel Brick (6/18/2017 3:24:00 AM)

    A remarkable poem, Robert, emphasizing both the wonder of our uniqueness and the narrow margin of our existence. How fragile is that thread of fate that is our existence, but once it happens, how durable and significant
    it is just for having been and beating the odds against nothingness.// Actually I needed this space so respond to your comment on my Reason/Scripture essay. It's not going to stay at PH. I have to use my PH site because it's the only way I can make a copy of something. I am woefully inept with computers I have a brand new copier since Feb. and I can't hook it up, I'm all fumble-fingers. So I have to use PH just to make a copy to give someone. I am an agnostic, a humanist, a secularist in my deepest beliefs and have been since I read Goethe's FAUST at age 18. But I have a dear friend Sonya who is a devout Christian and has connected me to a Wesleyan Church. What I do I do first out of my friendship for her. Yes, I make a sacrifice of my time and primary concerns for Sonya's sake. The details are complicated but my primary motive of friendship is pure and simple. And I have gotten to know the parishioners and pastors as human beings, all friends who embody the best of Christian culture. Their faith is sincere, nothing phoney, they practice Christian charity. It goes like this: they take Christianity seriously, I take them seriously. I wish I could spend Sunday with a comparable community of secular humanists, a club of Joseph Campbell-like scholars of culture and myth and science. But alas I have not found such people or such an organization. And this church group found me and accepted me without question or investigation. And there is my friend Sonya just happy we're in the same orbit on Sundays. When we come back to her house after the service, Sonya takes a nap and I talk poetry with her husband who doesn't attend church, is not a Christian and we talk
    secular humanist talk and the glory of being a free dissident thinker. I tell you my life is messy. And I don't read the Bible, I read the EPIC OF GILGAMESH. Gilgamesh, Odysseus and Orpheus are my touchstone figures, not Abraham, David and Jesus.
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    Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (6/18/2017 4:04:00 AM)

    Daniel, I appreciate your comments.


  • Francis Lynch (6/13/2017 4:27:00 PM)

    Cool. Not entitled, but singular. Great write. (Report) Reply

  • John A'hern (6/5/2017 5:21:00 AM)

    Hi Robert, thank you for guiding me to this poem, the mist is clearing? probably. Onward and upward with this site full of amazing poems. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Poem Edited: Sunday, June 18, 2017

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