Is this piece philosophical. political, personal, or just plain obtuse?
Of course I can't be certain. Are you?

Certainty dies a slow death

Perched on the tip of a pinhead
certainty dies a slow death
it exhales in fits of antithesis
like a butterfly fixed on display

Its life was always ambivalent
an alleged myth of shared perception
and now like droplets of mercury
relativity splatters the truth

Poetry by Hans Bump The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2012-01-23 at 07:29

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One many angels? There is a religious context in the death of certainty. Religious people are always certain of their truths, scientists and philosophers never.

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This reminds me of a lecture I attended in college by Richard McKeon, who edited the go-to collection of Aristotle's works. He made no sense whatsoever. None. Not a jot. Yet, buried in the . . . obtuseness was a gem, I'm certain.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
No, I'm not certain, but I enjoyed the ride.

liz munro The PoetBay support member heart!
what does "antithesis" mean?

it kinda made it hard for me to understand
but a very eye-grabbing title


Ah the certainty of uncertainty, I think you nailed them all, or did you?