By the Lie the Truth exists
And by the Wrong the Right.
The Dark pervades eternity,
Its opposite recognized as Light.
Darkness prevails naturally
Light needs be brought
Lies will be, but in man’s mind
Truth needs be wrought.
Wrong is ineffably easy,
Wrong need not sought.
But for Right to reign triumphant,
Wars need fought.
Right and Wrong,
Truth and Lies,
The battle is perpetual,
As away time flies.
But there is no Right
And there is no Wrong;
There is no reason
To the nightingale’s song.
For what you deem Wrong
May be another’s Right;
The wind matters differently
To different birds’ flight.
The Rights and Wrongs
Are mere ethics of the society;
But you shall support your Right,
And you shall abhor your Wrong,
And you shall fight the battle,
For that’s been life’s reason all along.
It is no business of a poet to explain his poetry, but then again I am no poet.
In the first 4 stanza half it establishes the clash of the opposites and in the 4 stanza second half it implies the reality that all this friction between opposites is basically pointless and it is life’s point to make sense of this pointlessness. Thus the title Perceiving Oblivion.
The perfect division of poem’s length and even a vague physical symmetry of its two halves is an endeavor to portray the balance of the opposites and in this case, belief in order and chaos.
The poem is a personal exploration of the doctrine of existential nihilism and its link with the concept of right and wrong.