People say that emptiness is a curse, that being lonely is wrong

I say that they are cathartic

That, after so much pain, feeling empty is a blessing

That, after strife, being lonely is a gift

That, after sadness, the only reconciliation is to not feel at all

For happiness is the creator of all sorrow

Feeling Nothing
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4 thoughts on “Feeling Nothing

  • April 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Haunting and beautifully abstract.

    There’s a bit of faulty parallelism in the first line. “Being lonely” doesn’t match “emptiness,” and “curse” is a noun while “wrong” is an adverb. Consider changing them to match. For example, “People say emptiness is a curse, that loneliness is a sin.”

    This poem is marvelous, Zack. I feel the ache.

  • April 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I agree with Miracle…. I also feel as though your use of the word “cathartic” doesn’t entirely make sense (but that could just be me). If you are saying that the “people” are cathartic (which you implied by the use of “they”) then it doesn’t make much sense (I think?). Cathartic is a word used to describe the act of expressing or experiencing the deep emotions associated with events in the individual’s past which had originally been repressed or ignored, and had never been adequately addressed or experienced. Cathartic therapy is the attempt to cause trigger the release of that emotion. Cathartic drugs are taking to er… purge your bowels.
    In other words, what you are essentially saying by using the word cathartic is that “they” are experiencing a release of their emotions- an emotional “purge”.

    Besides not quite understanding your use of “cathartic” (I might just be reading into it too much, I am in the middle of a philosophy class that is making me question everything in life)– I loved it. The melancholy, the philosophical implication that without happiness there would be no sorrow, and the fact that sometimes loneliness is what you need (even if not for long because surely too much loneliness would devour ones heart).

    You have succeeded in making me feel sad (I’ve been on a happy high for days)– congratulations.

  • April 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I think he meant that loneliness and emptiness are carthartic, which does make sense. But I thought “they” referred to “people” the first time I read it too, so you may want to clarify that pronoun, Skullduggery.

    But these intense delights and intense sorrows are part of being human, and I would never trade delight for nothingness just to save myself the sorrow. Nothingness, after all, is its own sorrow.

  • April 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Okay.. I actually thought the other way around at first (which made sense of course) and then when I re-read it- it says “they” and I was like??

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