This is a poem entitled “Strength” which was largely influenced by Robinson Jeffers’ poem “Nova”.  There is a kind of sober cynicism to it:


The girth of Goliath was his strength.

A brute beast, six cubits and a span, a champion

      of his people; not actually willing

      to give his life for a cause so much as

      believing there was no chance to die.

But one sling, one stone, one great faith,

      and there was thunder as the great body

      came crashing like Babel down.


I used to believe that knowledge and wisdom were strength,

      was bred to believe that, instilled by

      the volumes of books even in the nursery.

      And to that end I studied immaculately.

Yet whatever knowledge and wisdom I may now possess

      is used for this day, one day only,

      this time, the only time I know of.

For I am told of the Great Uncertainty of things,

      explained by scientists in elaborate detail

      of the impermanence even of the sun.


The great explosion that brought all this into being

      may come around again to end it finally;

      by ourselves or by the eventuality of Nature,

      the impenetrable fuse will be lit.

At that time, the seas and oceans will dry up completely,

      the forests turn to deserts, the cities rust

      and erode until they are dust once again.


Long before then, however, the arrogant creature that we

      have become will fade like a passing thought,

      simply slip away into the void, never realizing

      that the end was beginning.

And the towers and monuments and words that we have created

      will be a Nothing that No One will remember.


This is the only real knowledge that I have gained.

And it is my strength.


  1. Cindy Watson said,

    July 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I am most impressed with this piece of writing. Thanks.


    • tikiman1962 said,

      July 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm

      It does tie in with my beliefs of personal responsibility and man’s understanding that he is NOT the greatest thing since sliced bread.


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