What of Life? #questions #poetry #photography


To know everything implies that I know something

“what” I ask of myself  “do I know”?

When the sails of life luff I may not be going anywhere

When the umpire emphatically cries “You’re out!” – I am

When the doctor tells me I have cancer I have no questions

What about those times in which I know nothing?

When the first  thunder booms can I get under cover in time?

When a patient squeezes my hand  for the last time is there more I could have done?

When my child makes a bad decision can I change it?

But there are those moments…

when feathery leaves dance with the dawn, I can’t contain the wonder

when a young dolphin squeals as if it is laughing, I must laugh

when I’m held lovingly through  life’s storms, I am comforted

“no” I answer myself  “I do not know anything”

with each day I cherish life and people a bit more…

At Poet’s United,  Verse First Kim Nelson has prompted the poet today. In Writing Down the BonesNatalie Goldberg says, “In writing you can know everything.” So today, be omniscient. Be a know-it-all, an expert; be the last word. Write a poem with a voice of authority.

Here is my last word then – I have to agree with those who have gone before me “The older I get the less I know.”

Photograph: “The Last “Ha” © L. Moon 2013

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing with an E. African team that is developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

16 thoughts on “What of Life? #questions #poetry #photography

  1. Very much enjoyed this, and particularly love your final stanza and closing couplet.

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  2. This is so true of life as we get older. I agree you find out that there is always a lot to learn and all we can do is be open to others, listen and marvel at how people cope with impossible situations and learn from them.
    Everyday is a good day because everyday you open yourself to the wonders about you, the people in your life, the people you work with and the ones you work for. For in those moments we do laugh, cry and connect with the world and all it offers us.
    Great piece, got me thinking.

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  3. Fine verse and thought!

    Aha! That rigid realism!
    __”The older I get the less I know.”

    A great line… . Humbly, I’ll add to that truism.

    __The older I get… the more I know, I need to know more.

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