State of Mind

What concoction of contradictions
makes for a human mind?
A speck of the universe
set to look upon itself
– object into subject,
perceiving so much
yet so little,
with a will to defy
the very instinct for survival.

Silent, though full of noise;
dark, though radiant with light.
Desperately wanting to know
what it wants to know,
knowing it alone knows
that thoughts about its thingness
are not that thingness
– for if they were,
there would be nothing to think about.

Mike Laidler