poet Les Murray

Les Murray

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The Meaning Of Existence

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.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/28/2020 10:53:00 PM)

    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 (1/28/2020 10:37:00 PM)

    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 WalkerMichael Walker (1/28/2020 7:25:00 PM)

    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 LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/28/2020 12:35:00 PM)

    Talking mind like talking drums! ! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Denis MairDenis Mair (1/28/2020 9:40:00 AM)

    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 ARamesh T A (1/28/2020 6:06:00 AM)

    Surely a thought provoking poem to read!

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (1/28/2020 3:10:00 AM)

    Pantheistic poem...with a nice twist at the end!

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (1/28/2020 2:10:00 AM)

    Nicely articulated, Interesting reading

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  • Lyn PaulLyn Paul (8/30/2019 2:35:00 PM)

    Wonderful words. Powerful and thought provoking.

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  • Afrooz JafarinoorAfrooz Jafarinoor (8/9/2015 4:52:00 PM)

    The great Persian poet, Molavi, has said:
    There comes wisdom
    Cover yourself lover!

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  • Briony NichollsBriony Nicholls (7/11/2015 6:14:00 AM)

    'But for the ignorant freedom of my talking mind is our one constant companion. This poem has reinforced the sense of the mind as an instrument of oppression. We had better think nice thoughts then!

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