The ramblings of a truthful, honest and rational man

The ramblings of a truthful, honest and rational man

A Poem by Luke Ritta
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a poem about life and death

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Death!
It balances on our shoulders, our brittle bones eventually brake into clouds of dust.

Life is quick or do we live life to quick?
Life is pointless or do we live a pointless life?

Socialise with young hipsters, spend you last waking moments in an old person’s home, spend you days playing computer games, drink yourself to death, exercise everyday, eat healthy, smoke three packs of cigarettes every night, go to an office meeting, buy the groceries for the week ahead, write or sing a masterpiece, try and pass a new amendment in the senate, take cocaine, become a priest, make a family, put a bullet in your head or do nothing.

There is no correct answers to these questions, there is no right or wrong! None of it counts to anything once our heart beats for its last time.

 ‘The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless’
Leo Tolstoy said that.

‘Enjoy life, do what you want to do, live how you want to live.
Live for you loved ones or live for ones self but above all just LIVE!’
I said that.

© 2013 Luke Ritta


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The strong points in the poem lie on the questions you have put forth- "Life is quick, or do we live life too quick? Life is pointless or do we live a pointless life?" The disparities between indifferent living and felicitously living are prompted to be acknowledged. This verse is highly philosophical where the queries are shown to be ominous in every person's mind. Your own quote at the end is amusing as you have expressed 'i said that'.

This reminds me of Shakespeare's famous quote in Macbeth-

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

or Socrates' last words- "I know now that i know nothing."

Posted 7 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.




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I love the way this was written, and I get the message you’re putting out there. I agree with your last words “...just LIVE!” But I don’t see that life is over when you’re gone. What about the race? What of others? We live on in the memories of our children, even our friends. I’d rather be remembered forever than live forever.

A great thought-provoking piece.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Brilliantly crafted with a message we can all learn from x

Posted 6 Years Ago


Not very original. But I think your line of thought lay in the vicinity of the right place, atleast.

Posted 7 Years Ago


ahhh...this is the adult version of "YOLO"...amen, brother

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ah, always good to read you my dear friend...this is exquisite as always :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

‘The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless’
Leo Tolstoy said that.
The above line had become my logic. I watch the world and understand less with each new day. I believe all we can do is our best and take care of family and our needs. A powerful poem. Open the door to a conversation with no logical answer. Thank you for the excellent poetry.
Coyote

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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This is a very interesting piece,Luke, and I really like how you capture the daily lives and struggles of human beings. I believe that you emphasized on a very important point which would be in life, one must LIVE! Great job, and I love the Jack Kerouac picture :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

My goodness this is a strong piece! It feels so deep and meaningful, especially your own quote at the end. I like how you put 'I said that', it made me smile XD Life is definitely what you make it! I absolutely love this piece, Luke. Brilliant! :D

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

this is beautiful and you speak the truth, it's amazing what people do before they breath their last breath, smoke their last ciggerette and dream their last dream. Death is a welcoming to the beginning of a new life whether you choose to end your life at a certain time is up to you .

JUST REMEMBER EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

The strong points in the poem lie on the questions you have put forth- "Life is quick, or do we live life too quick? Life is pointless or do we live a pointless life?" The disparities between indifferent living and felicitously living are prompted to be acknowledged. This verse is highly philosophical where the queries are shown to be ominous in every person's mind. Your own quote at the end is amusing as you have expressed 'i said that'.

This reminds me of Shakespeare's famous quote in Macbeth-

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

or Socrates' last words- "I know now that i know nothing."

Posted 7 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


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Luke Ritta
Luke Ritta

London, United Kingdom



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Hi, I am 26 and from London. I love writing short stories, poems and novels. My writing is a bit like Jack Kerouac and Ernest Hemingway. I love reading classic Literature, from Tolstoy to Proust, I .. more..

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