Existence of Nature

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Prosery:  Posibilities
(posted by Merrill)

"I went down the rabbit-hole with Brainpickings (once again), and this poem, “Possibilities” by Wislawa Szymborska spoke to me, even with its gentle irony (or perhaps because of it).

Since this is prosery, I’ve chosen one line from her poem, “Possibilities,” which you must incorporate into a piece of prose. This can be either flash fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction, but it must be prose! And it must be no longer than 144 words, not including the title."

Here is the line:

“I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being.”
— Wisława Szymborska, “Possibilities”

"You must use that entire line. You may change punctuation and capitalize words, but you are not allowed to insert words in between parts of the sentence."

Nature has a beauty
all its own, made all the more spectacular 
by true, vibrant colors.  Wildflowers spring
up in orange, lavender, and moon yellow.
Ocean's operatic notes sound in deep blues
and sea-greens–an existence whether or not
humans are present.  Does everything have
a purpose?  I do not know. I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
This entry was posted in Purple's Home and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Existence of Nature

  1. merrildsmith says:

    Hi Purple Pen! I like your poem and the questioning, but Prosery is for prose, not poetry. Perhaps you could tweak this a bit?


Comments are closed.