(November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900 / New Jersey)

A Man Said To The Universe:

A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."

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Well said. We may feel our importance but Universe is under no obligation to even acknowledge it.
A thought provoking write nicely penned.
Is it the most cynical or the most life-affirming statement ever? Either way, I've spent fifty years with it rattling around in my head.........but it won't go away. Neither should it.
I read this poem decades ago as a college kid seeking meaning in life... I kept a copy in my wallet ever since... It has made all the difference in my life...now, my son keeps a copy in his wallet! it's the best teacher of self sufficiency!
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