Living Paradoxes

What is this ‘thing’ called life

which carries us forwards

into oblivion?

Was it there at the beginning

when the universe was new

and unfinished?

Was the stardust reborn

– imbrued

with fresh possibilities

– now animated

with needs and purposes

and conscious

of being

both a part of

yet apart from

the cosmic dawn?


Mike Laidler





What are answers
apart from questions?
Where are the conclusions
laying truth to rest?
Or the numerate realities
apart from our calculations?
Can the physical facts
speak for themselves?
Does knowledge belong to the evidence
that doesn’t need to know?
Where in the universe
dwells the nature of experience?

Mike Laidler