The Abyss

By Sorrowful Jester

"The Abyss"
We come from a dark abyss
We end up in a dark abyss
The intermediate we call it life
We are born nave and ignorant
We die not knowing what to expect
We just return from whence we came from
Our short chance to make an impact
To live our stamp everywhere we can
To live on through the collective memory
Our whole life a desperate effort to create a memorial
The only highlight of our state of being
We go back and forth trying to accumulate as much as we can
We just go back and forth
Forgetting everything we've learnt
Forgetting everyone we've loved
Forgetting everything that pleased us
Since we do not know from whence we come
Since we do not know to where we'll end up
We live only for this intermediate passage
From the moment we are born
We begin preparing for our return
Knowingly, subconsciously, or unconsciously
We try to hold on to this transitory phase of being
We grab onto it we teeth and nails
Trying to achieve immortality
From the moment we are born
We try to create 
We try to turn thoughts into matter
We create new life
Hoping it will create more new life
It's another desperate effort to hold on
To achieve immortality
Is it worth it?

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Copyright 2019 Sorrowful Jester
Published on Sunday, June 30, 2019.     Filed under: "Philosophical" and "Poetry"

Author's Note:

I'm not sure as to if I should continue adding to this idea, which could become a whole book, or split it into short poems like this one. Any Ideas?
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  • Sudos On Monday, July 8, 2019, Sudos (160)By person wrote:

    I feel and understand this on every level I believe, Sorrowful Jester. As to your authors note, I think a series of short poems exploring this would be amazing but a book would be equally amazing. I vote poems, however, because you have a way of speaking volumes with short lines.

  • Sorrowful Jester On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Sorrowful Jester (146)By person wrote:

    Exactly. Using a poetic form, even free form poetry, you phrase your ideas with less words, alas, I'm not much of an artist :(

  • Sudos On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Sudos (160)By person wrote:

    I've read much of your work and I'd say your words definitely have an artist's touch. Whichever way you feel more comfortable when you set out to do this is the most important factor. You could always come back to neatly stacked lines and elaborate.

  • Alectozere On Monday, July 1, 2019, Alectozere (23)By person wrote:

    You wrote this really beautifully and I love the words you used for it, life in indeed just a ''phase'' and we are born to die, so what is the point? What should we do?

  • Sorrowful Jester On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Sorrowful Jester (146)By person wrote:

    I published an essay on how essentially Godel's & Russel's math theorems of of Completeness & Incompleteness translate to: we'll never fully comprehend even our own selves. So the best thing we can do is experience as many things as possible and meet as many "good" / "bad" people as possible. This is how we get closer to theosis.

  • Dilated View On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Dilated View (602)By person wrote:

    Really interesting concept you've written about here. The years fly by and our presence here isn't even a blip. The idea of living on through the collective memory really struck a chord; not just "will we be remembered" but also "how will we be remembered" which always makes me try to be a better person (at least while I'm here). And the idea that we are unconsciously/subconsciously focused on making the most of our time here, knowing that we will end up back in an abyss waiting to end up back here for another blip is interesting. I wonder if that is why we dream? Anyway, very cool write, thanks for sharing :)

  • Sorrowful Jester On Thursday, July 11, 2019, Sorrowful Jester (146)By person wrote:

    "how we'll be remembered" In case I didn't ask / "answer" this question, I should. Thank you. I prefer constrictive criticism even if sometimes it's harsh. I could continue creating a whole other poem focusing on what you wrote.

  • Jonas Robinson On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Jonas Robinson (940)By person wrote:

    A piece of brilliant wit. I liked this because it was philosophical. Thank you for sharing. :)

  • Sorrowful Jester On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Sorrowful Jester (146)By person wrote:

    I forgot to mention, that I'm really bad at poetry. I don't even use that word for my work. I like Western Philosophy from Aristotle (the father of meta-thinking, even though he's wrong about most things, because of his poor epistemological background) to Godel, Wittgenstein and Lygeros. Western Philosophy is closer to my field of studies, since it's the science of logic which can be proved with math theorems based on valid axioms. I don't believe I'm much of an "artist". So lately I'm experimenting with poetry that intertwines with philosophy and mathematics / arithmetic / riddles / puzzles. So you're quite observative.

  • Sorrowful Jester On Thursday, July 11, 2019, Sorrowful Jester (146)By person wrote:

    I wrote it somewhat hastily. So I hope that if someone notices any validity, or even soundness, errors, feel free to mention them.

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