Monday, August 29, 2016

Poem of the Day: "Epistemology" by James Frederick William Rowe, Frequent Contributor


Epistemology
James Frederick William Rowe

No man has known the bones
Which give structure to his frame
Which bear the burden of his flesh
But through agony
And the facing of death

Poet’s Notes:  All knowledge is learned in suffering. It is impossible to learn without misery. This is why the greatest commandment is to "Know Thyself"—for it is a true achievement to overcome such, especially as introspection is often the most painful of all knowledge. It struck me as especially meaningful (and amusing) to realize that literal introspection—to know one's internal structure—requires horrendous pain, given that the only way to know our bones is to break them or to carve the flesh away.

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