…and it all leads me to a point,

which is, it’s pointless;

the whole story.

All of it.

Completely and utterly.

Everything is.


It’s interesting,

I’ll give you that.

It’s compelling is what it is.

And it’s awful and shameful

and painful and exciting

and intriguing and sad and romantic

and maybe a bit farfetched,

even if it is 100% true –

at least to the best of my recollection –

but it’s pointless.


It hasn’t changed any lives with its telling.

It hasn’t ended world hunger.

It hasn’t divulged the location of Hoffa’s remains.

My electric bill must still be paid by the 10th to avoid disconnection.


We’re all going to die whether God exists or not

and nobody is going to remember my story –

or yours, for that matter –

but they, too, will have stories

and tell them

and realize that their stories are pointless …

except to them.


To them they will matter

and to them they will have points

just like your story matters to you

and mine matters to me

and that’s the whole point:

even pointless stories have a point

if they matter enough to be told,

even if we don’t know

or understand

or care about the point.

Everything is pointless and nothing is pointless.

That’s the point.

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Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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