What is life? MAG

January 20, 2011
By Anonymous

Scientists will tell you
A checklist
An equation
A law
A rule
They will hold the ruler up to your face
and tell you
Indeed, you live

With pretty words like homeostasis
and reproduction
They will attempt to define you
Squeeze your very essence
Into a box made of

Enough, I say

We are resistance
To the oppressive chaos that surrounds us

We are NOT order
We do not fit into a category, we are not dwarf stars or meteors or nebulae

We are life
The only force that attempts to find meaning in an empty vacuum larger than infinity

And we are lonely

The author's comments:
An objection to an objective definition of life. Criticism is more than welcome.

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Luminary said...
on Aug. 15 2016 at 7:57 am
Luminary, New Delhi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Being in love with yourself first doesn't make you selfish,it makes you indestructible. :)

The poem is beyond amazing. Especially the last paragraph :)

on Nov. 2 2012 at 1:51 pm
ChobaniLuvinPenguin PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well."
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

LOVE IT!!!! Definitely one of my favorites on TI! This poem captures so many emotions perfectly! There is anger towards the common definition of life, there is rebellion towards this, and there is sadness that trails on with the line "And we are lonely" (whose lack of punctuation makes it seem infinite). There is also humor/sarcasm, as presented with the lines "They will hold the ruler up to your face and tell you Indeed, you live." I will definitely return to this poem often! I might even print it out and tape it to my wall. (Hope you give me permission to do so!) :) Amazing,amazing job!!!!


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