What is this poem about?
Well… I cannot tell you
Even if you scream or shout
I will not let out even a clue
Are you interested more or less
With this confidential approach?
Has your curiosity peaked at best
Or to find out, will you encroach?
‘You’ll never guess what happens next’
Is an often used trailer-phrase
For reality TV shows with ‘exciting’ quests
that get us into a sedentary malaise
Do our ears prick up
If someone quietens their voice
To make out the words uttered like syrup
and we can make a choice?
When files are marked confidential
Does the burning to find out begin?
What is the existential
Information contained within?
What is that ingredient
That the manufacturer or chef will not share?
Even on the label immediate
Is it hidden and not laid bare?
It seems that the whole ploy
Is to overcome our lethargy
And with our curiosity, to toy
so that we dig deeper with energy
The magician trick
of which we are in wonder
When we find out how
Are we any the wiser?
It can be the human trait
To really want to know
The answer to the riddle
How does happiness grow?
Will we uncover the mysteries of life
From genomes to atoms, life to death
Can we pursue the ones that really matter
Before we take our last breath?