Pieces of an intricate puzzle
are how I assemble life,
not pausing to consider position on the template
nor noting how many fragments remain
heaped on the fringes,
awaiting destiny’s promptings.

Days arrive on tradewinds
blowing me this way and that,
shuffling the mix until, exhausted,
I surrender once more to the grand Equalizer,
plans pulling up even with spontaneity.

To tie it together, attempting to make sense
through conclusions and deductions
might prove the downfall of science
in an overreach to flex grey matter
beyond its intended orbit.

Who can tell in the final analysis
what remains of the ruminating centuries;
heaps of equations and algorithms
scattered amidst the remnants
of yet another forgotten,
if magnificent, civilization?


15 thoughts on “CRUMBLE

    1. Thank you so much! I wrote this with my Renshi group, here on the island. Renshi is an ancient Japanese form of writing poetry where the last line of someone’s poem becomes your first line. And on it goes. So much fun, and glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  1. You capture a wonderfully objective take on our absurd little existences in this work Bela, and what a sophisticated vision it is, if I may say so. I cannot help but think that those would assert that one day we too-clever-by-half apes will make sense of it all are misguided in a very fundamental, if nonetheless endearing, way.

    Many congratulations on yet another masterful work.

    All best wishes,

    Hariod. ❤


    1. Thanks so much! I don’t generally ‘do’ awards, but to be recognized with this particular award for “sharp intelligence, deep connection with instincts, appetite for freedom, expression of strong instincts” – well, I am honored. Thanks again, BN! And right back atcha 🙂

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  2. Wow, Bela! You have captured the centuries of learned people and their contributions in this post, with your pondering civilizations past and all! You are so deep in this expression of how much we forget about history, too.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, science has brought us some wonders, to be sure – and revealed wonders many wouldn’t have recognized otherwise. Yet it often threatens overreach, and this concerns me. I wish there was more funding to focus on the real and present issue of planetary sustainability. That would give me boundless pleasure! Here’s hoping … Aloha, Robin.


  3. I wouldn’t have a clue upon these equations Bela. and your poem is a credit to you… As you say ” heaps of equations and algorithms scattered amidst the remnants of yet another forgotten, if magnificent, civilization?”

    Did we learn anything I wonder? in the scheme of Science? Maybe we seemingly have progressed Technically.. But have we evolved Spiritually? I often wonder!

    Many thanks Bela..

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Sue. Yes, if one considers the ancient civilizations of Atlantis and Lemuria, supposing they existed, Atlantis’ downfall was its emphasis on technology and science over spirituality. Much has been written on these places, and I don’t possess indisputable evidence of their existence, however history may be doomed to repeat itself if we are not mindful. Aloha.


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