Questions Philosophers Ask

1. Why Does the World Exist?

there might just as well be nothing
instead of the risible sun which makes me laugh
whenever it comes up coincidentally
with the punch line of a joke that also
could not have existed had some
unknown condition not brought
a comedian to a point
in the cascading events of a
million million millennia
to imagine the humorous potential of bars
and the characters who might walk into one

which being fictional but ringing true
strikes a bright bell in our brains
to waken the funny substance of ourselves
to help us continue our desperate
undoing of the void that would have been,
in the alternative,
forever unknown to anyone
making the question moot


by Jim Culleny

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