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To an unmet friend:

You see the mortal world
and for you man is machine,
little more than a device
for the vagaries of evolution.
Faith is illusion, hope lacks
weight-- and love? Can love
be other than mere sex,
nature's sole mandate?

And your science now tells
you: what can I ever know?
All is quantum topsy-turvy,
mother nature being part
whore, part illusionist....
Your thinking breaks all
down to little pieces,
and nothing matters
as matter is all while 
science the only god
left for us to worship.

And we are nothing,
not even dreams 
anymore, just bits
and pieces to be
examined, classified,
and then ignored--
for science is all,
and faith but a 
refuge for fools.

You are honest,
I know-- you see
yourself as just
another machine,
destined for decay.
then destruction--
your sentience but 
a cruel joke told
yet again-- and
no one laughs.

You and I,
we breathe,
we think,
we live, but
you would stop 
at death while
I begin there....

I sing to the eternal:
quell not my songs
as they rise above
the sad despair born 
of your vacant world
and follow myriad stars
streaming their wondrous
light in the vast dead-cold 

I sing to eternity,
I sing to my soul.

Copyright © len carber | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 9/21/2016 6:57:00 AM

    Len, wonderful poem- very well written :) Congratulations on your placement in the contest :)-luloo