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Being in Dullness

Even your relics could not move me.

By Stéphane DreyfusPublished 15 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - November 2023

I saw your earthly remains and I felt nothing.

There was a time where I would have felt this nothing

Because I knew nothing.

Because I was cruel, and petty, and selfish,

as only humans can be.

Then there was a fire,

Lit in me that I could not, would not


to stop.

Perhaps if you had revealed yourself then

I would have wept,

Or prostrated in public.

But now...

What should I call myself?

Apostate? Heretic? Normal?

You, immune in parinirvana, my pleas mean

something unknowable.

I know better than to ask these questions,

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To be scolded with a tale of patients with puncture wounds,

Too annoyed, too determined to know something,

Putting off the treatment because




The situation or that it could ever have come to be.

Now that your descendants have taken

Their pound of flesh.

Now that the nectar has been returned to

puss and blood.


I ache to be devout,

But the doors are closed in ways

None of us would have ever believed possible.

I am the disgusted zealot,

I am the disgusting failure to practice,

I am the one by the wayside,

Waiting for the path to practice me,

As all falls into incomprehensibility.

Dry and meaningless.

Magic has been scoured from my bones,

And when I see you,

Worse than nothing,

I doubt the truth of these baubles.

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About the Creator

Stéphane Dreyfus


"Everything about us, everything around us, everything we know and can know of is composed ultimately of patterns of nothing; that's the bottom line, the final truth." -Ian M. Banks

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  • Gerald Holmes12 days ago

    Wonderfully written and very deserving of the Top Story. Congrats.

  • This was so poignant and emotional! Loved your poem! Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Mr Ahsan12 days ago

    Congrats on TOP. Your thoughts mean a lot.

  • Kyleigh Richard 13 days ago

    The flow of your words was nothing short of brilliant. Such a great poem<3

  • Margaret Brennan13 days ago

    congratulations on TS. very well done.

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