Questions That Have No Answers

polarization is not the answer
distance is not the answer
‘there on the other side’ is not the answer
dreams are not the answer
fear is not the answer
death is not the answer
resurrection is not the answer
clinical depression is not the answer
confinement is not the answer
social isolation is not the answer
vitality that defines a poem is not the answer
being poetical is not the answer
the arts are not the answer
equality is not the answer
inequality is not the answer
the middle way is not the answer
extremism is not the answer
paranormal phenomena are not the answer
getting soused and spun is not the answer
summarizing everything is not the answer
researches are not the answer
the end (of everything) is not the answer
the beginning (of everything) is not the answer
time is not the answer
space is not the answer
movement is not the answer
explosion is not the answer
implosion is not the answer
theories are not the answer
existence is not the answer
cessation or liberation is not the answer
a low status is not the answer
a high status is not the answer
stalemate is not the answer
gaining something is not the answer
losing something is not the answer
what has vanished into thin air is not the answer
what remains is not the answer
suicide is not the answer
death wish is not the answer
having no wish left to live is not the answer
insanity is not the answer
forgetting is not the answer
remembering is not the answer
happening to see something repeatedly is not the answer
the past is not the answer
the future is not the answer
presence is not the answer
knowing is not the answer
five sense faculties are not the answer
jhana* is not the answer
hell is not the answer
pain is not the answer
tenderness is not the answer
standing still is not the answer
wandering is not the answer
result is not the answer
hope is not the answer
awaiting something anxiously is even farther from the answer
puzzles are not the answer
questions are not the answer
questions that have no answers are not the answer
questions that cannot be answered are not the answer
questions that shouldn’t be answered are not the answer
questions that are missed out on are not the answer
non-answers are not the answer

Nyan Lynn

* [jhana (Pali), n. a certain attainment or state of mind,
which enables the possessor to traverse different worlds,
to fly through the air, or go through the earth.]
Translated from the Burmese by Maung Day