What use has poetry?. Some people say
It is a means to Transcendental Truth
Through inspirational experience;
Its insights, into pleasure and dismay,
Are keys to unlock life’s lost relevance.
Others aver its purpose is To Be;
Not more — no message, no significance,
No form, no meaning — nothing but Itself.
Such say it has no useful influence
On ethics, blurs the logic of clear minds.
These latter right, how poor futurity;
Devoid of consolation, without hope
That present cares may play preparatory rôles
For those who dare to say: “We humans do have souls!”.