How It All Got Started

How It All Got Started

I don’t know how it all got started
but I know this much:
                                        Long before
there was such a thing as long ago,
long before there was a number one
or even any other number, long and
long before the legendary primordial
ooze,
            there must have been something
waiting to be something else, something
ready and able to be transformed, ready
for the magic finger of fate, the late night
lightning strike or whatever it takes
these days to take whatever is and make it,
in the blink of an eye, anew.
                                                    Long before
we came to know the things we know
we thought that all we knew was all
there was to know.
                                   But no, it’s not.
We don’t know how it all got started
but we know this much:
                                            We’re all
on the road together and the road
is all there is.

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15 thoughts on “How It All Got Started

  1. This is something that often runs throughout my mind:

    “there must have been something
    waiting to be something else, something
    ready and able to be transformed”

    Very philosophical and thought-provoking. We ask these things all the time, if this caused that event, if this never happened. Then we wonder the actions that we do or do not take that lead or create other events into existence.

    As you say, it does not matter. All that does matter is that we are all on the same path, wondering the same thoughts, and going through different but similar journeys in our humanity. Great writing.

  2. Thought-provoking, Ron, and these lines say it all for me:
    ‘there must have been something
    waiting to be something else, something
    ready and able to be transformed, ready
    for the magic finger of fate’
    and
    ‘we thought that all we knew was all
    there was to know.’
    We didn’t, and we never will. But you are so right that ‘we are all on the road together’.

  3. i look at that readiness and the electric spark as “the mysterious mother” — to us all. we do share this cosmoplasm in perpetuity, endlessly recycling. how parts are conscious of the process is the mystery i see your poem as about. very daoist!

  4. I love the philosophy expressed here, Ron:

    ‘Long before
    we came to know the things we know
    we thought that all we knew was all
    there was to know.’

    I think many of us still think that: but the more answers we find to our questions, the more new questions we find to answer! The road is all there is, so let’s enjoy the journey 🙂

  5. This is lovely and thoughtful. I often think about what came before and what will come after (I’m a bit obsessed actually), so this really hit me, but you said it all so beautifully. It was great to hear you read it.

  6. I LOVED hearing you read this! Your voice pondered the thoughts here….put it all into perspective – these existential questions. And oh yes…..however it all got started and whatever came first, we’re all here now. I really enjoyed this write of yours and most especially, hearing you read it aloud. Or I should say, wonder aloud! 🙂

  7. I love your philosophical piece. Long long ago must have been the good old days!! Yes we are all on this road together. Now if we could just get along the travel would be much more pleasant!!

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