Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

The Meaning Of Existence - Poem by Les Murray

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.


Comments about The Meaning Of Existence by Les Murray

  • Afrooz 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 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! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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