Questions Philosophers Ask


Why, or more simply, does the world exist,
and if it does, is it funny?


There might just as well be nothing
instead of the risible sun which makes me laugh
when it comes up coincidentally
with the punch line of a joke 
which also could never have existed 
had some unknown condition 
not brought a comedian to a point
of standing up
in the cascading series of events 
of a million million millennia
and (imagining the humorous potential of bars)
told stories of characters who might walk into one
—of lives which may be fictional
yet ring bright bells in brains to wake
the truth
of the absurd substance
of ourselves and situation

as we continue our desperate undoing
of the void that (in another universe without us)
would have been
forever unknown to anyone
making such questions moot

by Jim Culleny


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