The Philosopher’s Last Word*

Did the pre-existentialist
really say with his last breath
that he had been all wrong
and then say no more?
Why do we then in school over
his every word still pour?
Should we not let the words of his
last breath before death
be the last word and allow
us some other philosopher’s
work over which to pour?
Unless his last word was wrong;
in which case, maybe everything
he wrote was right,
and we must continue
to burn the nihilistic
oil till midnight
and reevaluate that
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche’s
really dark philosophy
is still bright
if not necessarily
all wrong or
completely right.

*With thanks to Jennifer Franklin for the idea.


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