Over the next few weeks, I would like to share a weekly poem from my poetry collection as I try out some ideas for sharing my work more widely. Please feel free to leave a comment below or send me private feedback about the poem, its presentation (graphics), and this sharing concept.
About This Week’s Poem:
My poem, entitled “Simply Because”, appears as part of my “Life Choices” collection submitted to the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Poetry Contest*. This poem was originally composed in 2013 during a particularly brain-entangling period of befriending aspects of my life that have caused me the greatest grief. A friend’s insightful philosophy-related blog post and our related exchanges led me to the realisation that “a person, who is content and no longer needs to have any purpose except to live, is fulfilling the purpose of existence”(*). And on the rare occasion that found me sitting on my couch looking out into the foggy horizon, contemplating this idea at last provided some powerful existential breakthroughs on my long-standing ruminations, from which this poem emerged.
A prior epiphany, “to live, simply because I can” as my motive for going on, revealed itself in 2010 while I cycled home from an appointment that confirmed for me, as best as it could be confirmed without another surgery, that I did not already have yet another cancer diagnosis within a year of my first one. In that epiphanic moment, I grappled with what to do with this “good news” result in the face of my realisation that I was still not fully committed to living. This simple yet profound poem was in the making for over 5 years—or more accurately, perhaps, over a lifetime.
(*) The concept originated from the article “On Living Without Transcendence: A Homage to Camus” in the Sep/Oct 2013 Issue of Philosophy Now.