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Horatio`s Doubt

by Zettel 

Posted: 15 February 2007
Word Count: 203
Summary: This tumbled out in about 45 minutes. Sort of fully formed. Few changes. Doesn't mean its any good. But an odd experience

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Horatioís Doubt

If science can prove
its dead and airless moon
can raise the waves
and ebb the tide
then why should not
this force unseen
save by its effect
move my heart
and touch my soul

If science can show
its unloved sun
can open leaves
and root all life
in the indifferent earth
then why should not
this heavenly power
influence our lives
and move our thoughts

If science can place
the sun and moon
in lifeless space
to affect, to guide
each otherís course
then why should not
our relationship
with such cosmic force
guide our destiny

If science can say
the light we see today
from the Milky Way
set out to our eyes
long years ago
then why should not
our consciousness display
a sense of unity with
a universal way

If science can claim
the earth began
with a bang
with no beginning
no space or time
then why should we
bend our knee
our faith in truth
to their false certainty

As Hamlet to Horatio
to science we must say
in heaven and earth
and most especially
in our fragile hearts
and questing minds
in our philosophy
our human love and trust
our consciousness
transcends objectivity

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V`yonne at 14:24 on 15 February 2007  Report this post
I think this is wonderful. The rhythm is beautifully balanced and the repetitions lead you through the stanzas. It makes one think. Agree or not it is moving.
Ienjoyed your poem!

Zettel at 18:40 on 15 February 2007  Report this post

Thanks so much. Glad you liked it. Given the odd experience of writing it, it is good to receive a positive response.



joanie at 07:30 on 16 February 2007  Report this post
Hi Zettel. Why not, indeed? I enjoyed this very much and can really associate with the ideas. I like the form, the repeated questions (and the lack of question marks!)

I had to read the last verse several times, however. I love the title and the reference to Horatio and Hamlet but I thought it got a bit laboured. I'm not sure what to suggest. Perhaps it's just me!



Zettel at 23:43 on 16 February 2007  Report this post
Thanks Joannie.

I'll settle for provoking thought. Thanks.


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