Cogito Ergo Sum – in 3 parts

I wrote this poem in Nov 2016 as 3 separate poems, but they are meant to be read as one. Here it is re-edited and posted in its entirety. The poem emerges from the cocoon of my reading and musings of TS Elliot, Dante, Descartes and some Arthur Conan Doyle.



when you down who lifts you up

when you are lost who finds you

when you fall, is it from grace

if so, whose grace

who is lost with you

who binds the wounds

whom do you discover, when you are down

yourself or another

what awaits over the horizon

what lies beneath the wounds

what lifts you up

come on rise up

we rise by lifting others up

we discover ourselves when lost

we need not be alone

come on, stand together

every breath is a doorway

to heaven or hell

so just breath

and rise up


as you await at

breaths doorway

just breathe

and see what awaits

as you pause to exhale

by not breathing

we are forced to choose

heaven or hell

but let not fear inspire

either mortality or immortality

let Virgil be your guide

through the mythical dark wood

of spiritual values

that at times

perverts' human intellect

the pilgrims journey

demands questions be answered

within the dark forest

on a crooked path

the meaningful can become meaningless

as we journey on a quest

into the unlit darkness


we are on a journey

on a quest

into the darkened heart

of life, doubts and dreams

that search for proof of life

strength in life, rests on doubt

accept that which you know to be true

are dream states virtual reality

is life one constant dream

what is real?

let knowledge be your secure foundation

not the imagination thereof

but the doubt thereof

let doubt be your proof of life

doubt creates sanity

life is stronger than anything the mind can invent

what is real are our thoughts

doubt your senses

doubt your existence

rise up and claim your reality


therefore, you live

© 2018 Michael D Emmerich

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