The Meaning of Existence

collage en krijt op papier, 30 x 20 cm

Everything except language
knows the meaning of existence.
Trees, planets, rivers, time
know nothing else. They express it
moment by moment as the universe.

Even this fool of a body
lives it in part, and would
have full dignity within it
but for the ignorant freedom
of my talking mind.


Les Murray

from
Poems the Size of Photographs, 2002

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