Solipsism: a theory in philosophy
that your own existence is the only thing
that is real or can be known.
I will live
but eighty years or so.
The Jurassic measured roughly
fifty million, not to mention stars
who also live and die, yet you tell me I
(meaning you of course) am the only
measure of reality? I think you lie, project, deny
(hubris being a defining trait of human beings
tending to create gods in their own image).
I think no cereal box compares
to supernovas – no aphorism,
anecdote or selfie’s shelf-life
outlasts the span of a bristlecone pine.
So prompt me no prompts
of vapid commentary
instead I’ll go outside
smell hyacinths and jasmine
count falling stars
splash in puddles
©2015 Christine Irving