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Poem - Everyday Absurdities

Updated on May 17, 2013

I found a rock today,

high up in the forest,

at the edge of my vision

I saw tall frothy clouds bubble over the Catskills.

I was almost away poem hunting / tripping,

but then, back at the rock,

were shells, not à la Howitzer, crustaceans.

conservatively two million years old,

as a percentage I'll live,

.0038% of that, or so,

not a whole 1, not a tenth, not a hundredth,

but a third of a thousandth.

is the math right I wondered, casually.

but then, I'm happy as a stone millionaire,

and a moment of life,






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      des donnelly 10 years ago from NYC....

      Hi Paul

      ironically I'm drinking Californian red.... that question is like the ultimate imponderable --- can god make a rock so heavy he cannot lift it... *laughs*

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      Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Why does worry exist when the feeling of fear more than covers it? Yes, i'm drinking scotch.

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      des donnelly 10 years ago from NYC....

      thanks a lot Livelonger,

      this makes me think how many times have I been here, same shit different aeon... *laughs*

      Why do people worry, you are here for a good time - not a long time, in the context of the two million year rock we're all just dust mites... I think the mistake is to get caught up in our importance.. or even sadder, permanence...

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      We visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York last week, and were amazed at the orders of magnitude exhibit at the planetarium. To think the universe is about 13 billion years old. Helps put things in perspective!