The Empty Set

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Wilfully led in by a chain around the neck
Can’t tell what’s happening
Can’t tell what’s lingering below the surface

So cordially and with expressions of regret
We’re simply set adrift
No sign of cause or purpose

Spires of marble
Crumble in disarray
The flotsam caught in gyres of culture and faith
With soft consent
Our grasps unclench
Signifiers break down into silence

Reason, design; obscured by dispassionate acts
On the ground
And too the inverse from vertiginous vantage
Spiraling down
Isolated and armed with nothing other
Than our fears
Yet in the filthy cave of human expression
We stand united

I can’t face it
I can’t face them
I can’t admit to myself I'm running
I can’t admit to myself I’m running
I can’t admit to myself I’m nothing
Why so senseless
Why this endless
Maze of attrition -- there’s nothing in it
The nihilism and the tyranny
Of the empty set

Starting today
I’m going to shape my life
Into something of relevance
Before I...
I consume all my time

Every action we
All the choices we make that serve to shape
Every person we meet... or miss
The cardinality of the empty
Set increases

No constraints are defined
Boundless in the empty set
We reap what we design
From the empty set


from The Empty Set, released May 31, 2012



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