Sunday, 29 April 2012

Chris Port Blog #334. Somewhere Over A Black Hole (Tales from the Undiscovered Country)

Somewhere Over A Black Hole
(Tales from the Undiscovered Country)
© Chris Port, 29th April 2012

The mind climbs down into Conrad’s darkness
on Wittgenstein’s Ladder, an astronaut;

crossing the horizon of existence,
beyond all events, like a watch tick caught;

where every atom is torn apart from
the world above us, forever forgot;

love is left behind with its beaten heart,
here in perfect dark, there’s no thought of God;

being then nothing then stranger by far;
time starts again; we are born as a star.

1 comment:

  1. 'A lie-to-children, sometimes referred to as a Wittgenstein's ladder... is an expression that describes the simplification of technical or difficult-to-understand material for consumption by children. The word "children" should not be taken literally, but as encompassing anyone in the process of learning about a given topic, regardless of age. It is itself a simplification of certain concepts in the philosophy of science.' (

    "My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands me eventually recognizes them as nonsensical, when he has used them - as steps - to climb beyond them. He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder after he has climbed up it." (Wittgenstein, 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus', 1922).

    "Philosophy ought really to be written only as a form of poetry." (Wittgenstein, 'Culture and Value').

    'Wittgenstein's Ladder: Introduction' by Marjorie Perloff