The Very Height of Absurdity

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…the very height of absurdity


Behold, at the furthest edge of reality

Where primordial chaos battles with ancient night

At the point where the mind’s eye can no longer see

There stands God, illuminating with His heart’s light


When all of our science and all of language fail

When fair Reason reaches her bright limits and dies

On the uncharted seas of absurd faith set sail

To the Elysian lands where the human heart cries


Only there can God’s heart beat in tandem with man’s

In step and in sense on those “White shores, and beyond…

…a far green country under a swift sunrise.” Plans…

…set in motion at birth by the Creator’s hand.


“I believe because it’s impossible” a scream!

Into the darkness keeping hope alive with will

For the truth of Reality is but a dream

Be quiet and you will feel God’s heart when you’re still


Like a compass it’ll guide you there on a swift sail

The loud ones will ridicule you or doubt your mind

But in the quiet of the soul, you’ll see the trail

Make one step towards the edge and Him you will find


That is the prism through which I see this bizarre world

I share it with you having banished bestial fear

That love and madness go hand in hand warriors bold

For the world has grown old again, and the end’s near


“So be very careful to love the Lord your God.”

Stand at the faith’s precipice and let out a shout

They will think you naïve or at best raving mad

Ignore them, their voices are the shadows of doubt


Beyond the furthest edge of our reality

Where primeval time makes love to primal dark

At that point where Man’s mind cannot begin to see

There stands Hope with the heart of a singing skylark.


Where all of our knowledge and all our art fails and dies

Beyond the seas of the stars, the sublime absurd…

To those Elysian orchards where mankind’s heart cries

Some call it absurd, I call Hope a holy word.

February 2, 2011 – Konrad Tademar

Feast of the Purification of the Virgin (Święto Matki Bożej Gromnicznej)
Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, which falls on 2 February

Notes on quotations:


[10-11]   From the film “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003) lines spoken by Gandalf to Pippin.
[13]         Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 220 AD) – Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus.
[25]         Joshua 23:11, Kings James Bible – KJV (1604-1611).


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