Vacillation – a poem by Riley Mulhern


All our lives
if we are attuned to it
vacillate between absurdities:
How can life be something?
How can life be nothing?
The signs all
are crossed and knotted
leading to both
and to neither.
Who can unravel them? 
And yet the heart beats
and knows with its knocking:
this life is something.

Riley Mulhern is an engineer and a research scientist. He writes poetry because it makes him more alive.

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