What even is nothing?
Is it the absence of matter and energy?
Is nothing even possible?
Hold on, that last line was poorly phrased.
Let my try again:
Is it possible for nothingness to exist?
There we go. Much better.
Now, where was I?
Oh, right, nothing.
I was talking about nothing.
The show Seinfeld is sometimes described as “a show about nothing,” but that’s wrong.
Seinfeld is a show about Jerry Seinfeld’s life.
It’s pretty funny.
But also pretty boring.
Now look where I’ve gotten.
I’ve gone from nothing to Seinfeld in only twelve lines!
Is that how the big bang happened?
Just nothing, then BOOM, sitcoms.
If that’s true, then that would be pretty depressing.
13.7 billion years of history, just for sitcoms?
Anyways, I’ve gotten off track again.
Back to nothing.
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May 29, 2022
I absolutely love this poem! It’s funny, self referencial, and a bit philosophical in a quirky, hilarious way. I think that the best poems are the ones that allow you to see the inside of the poet’s mind in all of its quirky glory, and this poem definitely does that. I loved the title before I even read the poem, but the poem wasn't what I expected from the title. I thought it was going to be a poem without a subject, but instead it’s subject is absolutely nothing. I actually liked it even more than I expected to from the title, though. One of my favorite parts of the poem is how it keeps saying thighs like “Now, where was I” and “Anyways, I’ve gotten off track again”. It kind of reminds me of the writing style of the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. One of my favorite lines in that book is “but this is what is called a digression”. I just love how honest that is. Most books and poems do get off topic, but they try to hide it by blending it as seamlessly as possible into the next part of the book or poem. One of the things I love about both the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime and A Poem About Absolutely Nothing is that they both don’t try to hide their digressions. I also love that the philosophical question of whether it is possible for nothingness to exist is possessed next to discussion about pointless sit-come, and how you kind of blend both together in the query about whether all of the history of the universe so far has led up to pointless sit-come. So, in short, thank you for writing this. It’s not just my favorite of the poems written by my classmates, it’s one of my favorite poems ever.