What does it all mean?


If truth be told, my quiet life today
Is not so varied from before
Spending each precious day with my dog
Writing lyrical poems, the occasional sound
Of my own voice reading the words to him
Does he understand my meaning?

I take a stroll in the garden, pausing
To bury my nose in a fragrant rose
And pull the occasional wayward weed
Wishing my mother were here to see
The beauty only passing years can bring
Is she here but on another plane?

Sometimes, haunting music plays
As I reminisce with french melodies
Reliving the times of our Paris days
And the supreme bliss we felt
Which vanishes now in today’s haze
Of cloudy uncertainty

With all this death and unrest,
There is an underlying change
For now I spend most of my days
Questioning and thinking about everything

What have we humans gone and done?
What was the tipping point when it all changed?
Can our future and that of earth be re-arranged?
Will we be here this time next year to see another spring?

I have no answers for each nagging question only brings
Me back to this existence which on the surface hasn’t changed
What does it all mean?

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: Day 3 Existentialism

21 Comments on “What does it all mean?

  1. “What was the tipping point when it all changed?” I often wonder that myself. This is incredibly touching, Linda! 💘💘

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  2. It is so surreal, daily life the same in a wqorld that is so full of peril. I literally stay inside. Am glad of the online outlet. Hard to even imagine what will happen between now and next year, as the numbers are climbing exponentially.

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  3. How things change in the same routine. I like spending time at home and watching wildlife out my back door, but now it takes on a whole new definition and necissity.

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  4. A moment of quiet reflection of our surreal landscape. It seems that we’re all wondering where it all went sideways. I can relate to this.

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  5. We all have a lot of unanswered questions to work through, Linda, when outside, mother nature continues to go about her business.

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  6. I’ve given up asking questions for the time being, Linda, and have retreated into my isolation. Like you I’m writing and spending time with our cats, watching spring unfurl in our graden. My life isn’t that different either, and I’m quite grateful for the peace and quiet after watching an old-ish television programme, which reminded of how noisy life was before the pandemic.

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  7. Good existential questions here…what does it all mean?
    Especially these words:
    “What was the tipping point when it all changed?” Gosh, people of all persuasions are trying to figure that out. Scientists in research labs. Politicians with blame games. Everyday people just looking at their calendars trying to figure out when everything shifted. Not sure there really is an answer….or ever will be. That’s the existential name of the game, right?
    Well done here!

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