An Existentialist Speaks

We’re all in it


Alphabet pasta bits
swirling in chicken broth

A sand dune of human grains
awhirl, subject to
the wind’s whimsy

A night sky filled with wandering stars

Stasis in motion

We do what we must in our
earthly bodies without regard for
The Big Judgement fairy tale

Some argue that life without God
is meaningless
a void

They seem so sure and
squint hostilely at
my assertion that
all of that “redemption” crap
is pointless as a salt lick
on the I-90

Mom thinks I’m worse than
an atheist; she’s worried
I didn’t pay attention in
catechism class.

She’s right.

Lost in the stars
We’re all in it


© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

NaPoWriMo #3, for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, where Kerry asked for poems about Existentialism. Also, Three Word Wednesday gave us Argue, Lick, and Squint. Kim at Verse First for Poets United wanted poems with a “body” theme, whether a group or a single body. I hope I gave her both!

Existentialism is far from my own path, but I can see how people become isolated, believing there is no God, no consequence in the end, no hereafter, and no particular reason to have faith in anything.  I can’t get my mind around it completely, but I gave it a try!