The hinge that held the beeswax in the mind;

As demonstrated by my sonnet from earlier in the week about minds exploding, I am currently taking a subject in my Masters course that is much more philosophical than anything I have done since undergraduate study. Today’s poem has been inspired by my reading of Wittgenstein and Descartes. It is perhaps more philosophical than my poetry often is; I hope that the result is, if not easy to understand, at least evocative. If neither, then I blame the philosophy that I’m having to read!
The hinge that held the beeswax in the mind;
The ladder upon which the learner climbs
And navigates what new worlds she may find –
Worlds where the certain falls and falls, sometimes
Revealing dull contrivances and rhymes.
The hinge that held the door firmly in place;
The wax which melts, reformulates in climes
Now hot, now cold; the mind which tries to trace
The shifts, the essence, all that it contains
And is contained within the words I am;
The vacuum and the Being which remains;
The truth that lingers when we lose the sham:
The hinge that holds the beeswax still in view;
The door, the soul, within the Me, the You.

Published by Matthew Pullar

Teacher, writer, blogger, husband, father, Christian. Living in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, on the land of the Kulin Nation. Searching for words to console and feed hearts and souls.

7 thoughts on “The hinge that held the beeswax in the mind;

  1. It’s hard to blend philosophy and poetry. I think you do it quite well here.

    It brings to my mind Thomas Merton. Not that your writing is like his, but he also tried to blend philosophy/theology with poetry. Have you read Merton?

  2. I love this, Matthew. A post on a blog I read yesterday, seemed to be expressing the view that philosophy is a ‘dead’ subject. I think philosophical thought is needed so much now – we need to become un-numbed.

    1. Thanks! There’s definitely still a place for philosophy. Mind you, a lot of what I’ve been reading lately seems to make me more numb than un-numb me! But I’m loving Kierkegaard at the moment – he’s very refreshing to read, actually.

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