Vanity and Dust

Vanity and Dust

A Poem by Nolo Segundo

There is really only one ultimate question for human beings: are we just clever animals, subject to death and oblivion -- or is there a part of us that transcends this world and exists forever?

Vanity and dust,
dust and vanity:
is that all we are,
clashing egos
scheming, soulless,
taking and getting
only to lose all to
that cheater Death?

When all you love
will one day turn
to dust, and none
can beat emptiness,
then you must pick:
that all is but chance,
or all is planned, and
luck is the illusion...
sentience a cruel joke
or a divine-like gift--so
are you are a fluke,
or one tugged by God?

(c. 2016)

© 2016 Nolo Segundo

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Added on November 14, 2016
Last Updated on December 19, 2016


Nolo Segundo
Nolo Segundo

Philadelphia, PA

From adolescence until I was 24, I was an agnostic. Then I almost drowned, and had what has come to be called a near death experience. So for the past 45 years I've known that the problem with life i.. more..