Absolute

Absolute

A Poem by Ken e Bujold

Time will stay

then, absolute

like the oak of youth

once climbed in hope of

finding a higher plane.


Since truth, once heard

can never be unheard, or

rendered obsolete.


The heart, engaged

does not relinquish what

once, freely given

from compulsion

may now ache with derision


even if the other may

seek banishment or

execution.


What was, once,

will always and

forever more be


the figment of your self.

A life's own absolute

illusion.


Ken e Bujold

© 2022

© 2022 Ken e Bujold


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Truth, self, time - you managed to link these great philosophical topics and bring them together under one roof in this poem. That alone is quite an achivement. "the oak of youth/once climbed in hope of/finding a higher plane" - this image is very vivid and visual, and it creates a very nostalgic tone. At the end of the day, we don't really know anything important about ourselves or life, do we? We just have our story, our memories, and our questions.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

that pretty much sums it up. what we know is what we know, but what it is isn't much of anything
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The past is built to last. Whether love survives, that's another matter. We will not; at least not the we that now means us. I think love will endure and the past will remain. The future is what we will make it. The past is what we made it. That can hurt and give us hope.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

thanks for the read Fabian.
Well you yes you can't unhear words you have heard, truth or not and the past may be interpreted differently by others involved in it.
And your vision of yourself is probaly an illusion as to reality, but what the heck if you are happy...

Posted 2 Months Ago


I am reminded of my own youth when right seemed such a simple matter and arrogance a trait to be admired and emulated.

Winston

Posted 2 Months Ago


True words all Ken. Nice write!
JP

Posted 2 Months Ago


Hi Ken , as usual Great poetry , fav line ,, the figment Of yourself a life’s absolute illusion

Posted 2 Months Ago


Good morning Ken,
For some reason your poem coincides so well well with my last few days reading my fathers fantastic diary. (He died at 96 years of age) and, I am moved by your words because they ring so true.
As I type this I realise that I am not being clear... There is something about the way your words are written that reminds me of my father and the way he thought.
Really so good dear Ken,
Lisa, thinking with my heart aching....

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

thank you Lisa. I can imagine how reading words of one so long from one so loved can both stimulate .. read more
Optimistic and nicely written!
JD

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

thanks for stopping by JD
Had some trouble with this one. We are talking spiritual terms here, but I can't tell whether the spirituality is Christian, Buddhist or something else. The title infers a point of existence where time doesn't exist at all. If truth cannot be unheard, can it still be forgotten? The penultimate verse did resonate with me, since I believe in continuity despite the forgetfulness. The last verse is definitely either Hindu or Buddhist. Damn it, Ken, you're going Sartre on me, and my attitude toward Sartre is the best way to read him is drunk. You still won't understand him, but then, you won't care.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Ken e Bujold

2 Months Ago

Now what to say to this review John. Could start by aksing, have you been reading Sartre this evenin.. read more

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