Monday, September 12, 2016


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“The highest revelation is that God 
is in every man.”--Ralph Waldo Emerson.

When we perform
looking deep within,
supposedly to discover
some answers,
what we open
is a version            of Pandora’s box;
                    trillions of pieces
          of the cosmic puzzle,
where we witness
our aura
mantled in rainbows.

provides no answers for our
metaphysical search.

Glenn Buttkus

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27 comments: said...

Quite true, big words and all. :)

Victoria said...

Wonderful, Glenn. Yes, we are a bit of everything when we look inside and the goal of life, I suppose, is to use it to create a beautiful piece of found art. Much enjoyed.

brudberg said...

I wonder though if the answers is what matters... isn't it just asking the questions...

tonispencer said...

Lovely quadrille. And no, existentialism does not provide us any answers, contrary to popular thought. Questions are always good but answers, we need answers, don't we?

De Jackson said...

NICE, Glenn.

Marina Sofia said...

Too true - the deeper we look, the deeper we fall! So much said with so few words - respect, Glenn!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, the Pandora's Box of our beings.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Such a deep and profound write ❤ Beautifully done.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

As a post-theistic Christian existentialist, I loved this from start to finish.

Anonymous said...

wow, this is lovely, Glenn :)

Anita Lubesh said...

Exquisite writing.

Gayle Walters Rose said...

I think the more we think we know, the less we really do. Wonderful revelation, Glenn!

Anonymous said...

our aura
mantled in rainbows.
.... it's true..but we hae to keep searching even if there are no answers at first.

Sumana Roy said...

so very true & profound....i'm also reminded of the fairy Hope, that last piece hidden in P.'s box :)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we should seek answers in nature, within the simplicity of life...some good lessons there.
Love this thought-provoking quadrille.

Kim M. Russell said...

Pandora's Box - classical and timeless. We can't resist opening it because we are human and we love a puzzle. I love those lines:

' trillions of pieces
of the cosmic puzzle,
where we witness
our aura
mantled in rainbows.'

Josslyn Rae Turner said...

Lovely piece!

Maria said...

This is beautiful. At times I fall on the category of existentialist while some days I just let life's mystery unfolds by itself.

Other Mary said...

But who could resist opening that box? Great metaphor!

lynn__ said...

I'm glad to look inside the box and see "our aura mantled in rainbows", which speaks to me of being in God's image...a beautiful thought, Glenn!

Katie Mia Frederick said...

SMiLes my friend.. Glenn..
no word(s) now is big enough
to paint the colors of the
rainbow inside.. not God..
not Existentialism and
not even the
as some folks
suggest the word
came first.. haha..
just do
is the
way it's
alWays been
dOne @lEast foR noW..
only humans attempt to
capture that in words.. and
that's fine as long as words beCome
and not
rigid science..
as only dreams
open words to more
of what iMAginAtiOn
MoVes.. coNnecTS and
Creates MoRE.. NoW..:) said...

witness our aura in rainbow --- how I adore this thought!
Glenn: Have been "under the weather" these past 5 or so days -- finally saw doc yesterday and started a regimen of antibiotics. Hence have not posted lately (except a prescheduled one) nor have I had the energy to read. So apologies. Am hosting poetics today -- and starting to feel better so will enjoy getting back at it. Just wanted you to know --- usually I read everything but just couldn't do it lately :(

Arcadia Maria said...

There is much truth in this piece. Well done.

Truedessa said...

Ok, now you've done it, I absolutely loved this one.

kaykuala said...

provides no answers for our
metaphysical search

Empirical evidence from personal experience is a more rational option. That is true Glenn!


Susan Anderson said...

The older I get, the more I have to agree. Well said.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I like these thoughts, and especially the beautiful closing lines.