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The Meaning Of Existence

Rating: 3.8
Everything except language
knows the meaning of existence.
Trees, planets, rivers, time
know nothing else. They express it
moment by moment as the universe.

Even this fool of a body
lives it in part, and would
have full dignity within it
but for the ignorant freedom
of my talking mind.
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Mahtab Bangalee 28 January 2020
THOUGHT PROVOKING POEM; EXISTENCE THERE FINDS OUT THE LANGUAGE, THE MOVEMENT, THE ACTIVITIES; BUT THE UNMOVED MOVING, GROWING AND VANISHING THROUGH SEEN AND UNSEEN ARE VERY ARDUOUS IN EXISTENCE; NATURES ARE NATURALLY EXISTED; BUT SOME PARTS OF THIS NATURES ARE VERY SUBTLE TO REALIZE ITS EXISTENCE; POET SO KEENLY DESCRIBED THIS//
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Rich Tassinari 28 January 2020
Like this poem! A bit of irony when comparing the title to the stanzas and the fact that language is used to communicate the meaning that we are and know existence except that we can think, talk, and make something simple (our living existence) quite complex (why are we here?) . We are just naturally existing.
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Michael Walker 28 January 2020
What is the meaning of existence? Les Murray offers an unexpected answer to the question. Don't rely too much on language and thought.
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Edward Kofi Louis 28 January 2020
Talking mind like talking drums! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Denis Mair 28 January 2020
This poem leads us into paradoxes. A tree of thought grows in the human mind, and that's our way to explore the meaning of existence. Somehow we belong to Nature, even though we don't always know how we fit in. There are various modes of knowing... It is our human fate to experience them all. That is " natural" for us.
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Ramesh T A 28 January 2020
Surely a thought provoking poem to read!
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Dominic Windram 28 January 2020
Pantheistic poem...with a nice twist at the end!
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Kingsley Egbukole 28 January 2020
Nicely articulated, Interesting reading
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Lyn Paul 30 August 2019
Wonderful words. Powerful and thought provoking.
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Afrooz Jafarinoor 09 August 2015
The great Persian poet, Molavi, has said: There comes wisdom Cover yourself lover!
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