Oneness? No, Nothingness

A minnow in its pond believes it understands
The universe, as does the eagle riding updrafts
Over cultivated land. A woman on her way
To work, backed up in traffic, never doubts
The doctrines which were given her in childhood,
Or any of the data that her senses seem to bring
Her brain. She assumes, as you do, that the paradigm
Is proven, and it's useful. There's no doubt
Of that, but, should you fly up with me several
Light years into outer space or shrink to float
Within the realm of subatomic particles,
The universe would lose all meaning. Everything
You think you know would turn out to be wrong.
The paradigm would be revealed to be
A sort of dream.

Poetry by Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-02-11 at 18:52

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Sristi The PoetBay support member heart!
Beautiful piece describing the elegance of universe...

I like the way the poem moves from a minnow to an eagle to humans. The philosophy of paradigm shift and that of nothingness works well, and binds the poem together.