Sentient Specks: Reflections on Our Cosmic Existence

In this vast universe, we are but dust,
mere specks on a cosmic scale, devoid of trust.
Yet, in our consciousness, we find a spark,
a glimmer of hope, a light in the dark.

What does it mean to be sentient, to feel,
to love, to hate, to suffer, to heal?
Is it a gift, a curse, or both in one,
a fleeting moment, or an eternal sun?

Some say it's God's hand that guides us all,
that we're mere vessels, waiting for his call.
But what if there is no divine force above,
no heaven or hell, no reward or love?

What if we're just a product of chance,
a random occurrence, a cosmic dance?
What if our thoughts, our hopes, our fears,
are just electrical impulses, nothing but gears?

If this is so, then what is the point,
of love, of life, of every joint?
Is it enough to simply exist,
to breathe, to eat, to never be missed?

Or do we strive for something more,
to explore, to create, to open every door?
To understand the mysteries of our soul,
to find meaning, to become whole?

Perhaps the answer lies in our ability to feel,
to empathize, to understand, to appeal.
For in our sentience, we find a bond,
with every living thing, a connection beyond.

In literature, we find echoes of this truth,
in the works of Shakespeare, Milton, and Booth.
They speak of the human condition, of love and strife,
of joy and sorrow, of death and life.

And so, we search for meaning in our sentience,
in the beauty of art, in the strength of our resilience.
We find solace in the knowledge that we exist,
and that our lives, no matter how brief, persist.

So let us embrace our sentience, our ability to feel,
to love, to connect, to create, to heal.
For in this vast and dark universe, we are not alone,
we are sentient beings, with hearts of stone.

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About this poem

The poem highlights the concept of sentience and its significance in the universe. The author questions the purpose and meaning of life, the existence of divine power, and the possibility of being just a mere product of chance. The poem encourages the readers to embrace their sentience and find meaning in it through love, empathy, and the search for understanding. It also draws parallels between literature and the human condition, providing solace in the knowledge that our lives, though brief, persist. Overall, the poem provides a deep reflection on the complexity of human existence and the search for meaning in an ever-expanding universe. 

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Written on December 30, 2017

Submitted by Mawphniang.Napoleon on February 19, 2023

Modified on March 05, 2023

2:22 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic heptameter
Characters 2,200
Words 471
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2

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Mawphniang is a person who is always striving to live life to the fullest. He is someone who is always open to new ideas and ways of living and is unafraid to take risks in order to explore the unknown. He is passionate about life and is always looking for ways to make use of his time and energy. He has an inquisitive nature, and is always looking for answers to life's mysteries and questions. Though Mawphniang does not pretend to have all the answers, he is determined to taste life and live a simple life, without overcomplicating things. He's a person who appreciates the small moments and cherishes the little things in life. He enjoys spending time in nature, exploring the world, and connecting with people. He is a person who is always up for a new adventure and never stops learning. He is on a daily journey of self-discovery, trying to make sense of the world and his place in it. more…

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