Metaphysics? introduced us to the work of metaphysical poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and challenges us to pick a common metaphysical question and work on a thoughtful, poetical answer to it.   There’s a link to a list of questions, from which I quote a few to illustrate my problem:-   

What are properties? Are they universals, or tropes, or . . .?
Must anything that exists be completely determinate, or can there be vague objects?
Is there anything that is not part of the spatiotemporal world?
Can there be necessarily existent entities?
Can one make sense of a non-reductionist view of theoretical entities?

This is just to give you a flavour of  the 57 complex questions.



A list of metaphysical questions
sends my brain a-whirling.
If I don’t understand the question,
how could I find an answer?

I’ve managed quite well without them
for three quarters of a century.
so I think I’ll leave it to others
with more wisdom to find the answers.

A simple soul am I,
with doubts and fears like everyone.
But if I delve into abstractions,
I won’t have time to live, so pooh to the answers.


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16 Responses to Metaphysics?

  1. Great job Viv! Such a nice take on the challenge. Much more important to concentrate on the actual living of life rather than get bogged down in the philosophical details sometimes.


  2. irene says:

    Got me smiling. Pooh to the answers, I second that!


  3. Old Raven says:

    Well Viv … you brought a smile to this old gal’s face.


  4. Ella says:

    I love your response, pooh! Most of the questions can only be answered in riddle fashion!


  5. Hehehe….Earlybird got in before me…lived up to her name!


  6. Victoria says:

    Smiles. All we have is the present moment, so why not enjoy?


  7. Viv, I so adore this poem. I deliberately did NOT look at the list of questions because I knew I would be daunted. Now I see that as profoundly wise. Hee hee. I wrote down the first thing that occurred to me. I am SO right there with you. My brain wheels and rears like a startled stallion when questions get too taxing. “Pooh to the answers” made me grin.


  8. Old Ollie says:

    fair enough – I like your style! Funny piece.


  9. ladynyo says:

    Oh! this went straight to my head and heart!

    I, too…don’t understand the questions so how can I possibly come up with some answers??? LOL!

    “If I delve into abstractions”……exactly… takes time out of the living, which is right in front of us, and has come up with its own weighty answers!!

    Loved this, and will be back. You write sense from the heart and life.

    Lady Nyo


  10. earlybird says:

    love that last line!


  11. Kenia Cris says:

    I’ve always felt as if I have invented all the metaphysical questions in many of the lists I’ve come across with in life. It never stopped me from living, but I’ll tell you what, I’ve had friends on my back telling me to stop thinking, saying I think too much – they made me come up with another question: How bad can thinking be? 🙂

    Thanks for a lovely take on the prompt. ❤


    • jinksy says:

      I get told I think too much, too – can I join your club? LOL Perhaps the world needs people like us to do some of the thinking for all the others who don’t? Hehehe! Somebody has to pose the question…


  12. Tilly Bud says:

    lol! You tell ’em!


  13. jinksy says:

    P.S. forgot to say, I love where the challenge took you – pooh is such a lovely word! Hehehe!


  14. jinksy says:

    Gosh Viv! I thought I’d invented some of the questions, so I felt right at home amongst them. Of course, answers are a different matter! LOL


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