welcome covers

Your complimentary articles

You’ve read one of your four complimentary articles for this month.

You can read four articles free per month. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please



by Tim Chappell

Changeless like Plato’s certainties,
the permanence our minds impart
to a life that is contingent as
the beating of a heart:

we feel remote from doubt or chance,
we act as if we knew our parts;
we mean it metaphorically when
we talk about our hearts;

forgetting ends and origins,
and that the others all depart –
as certain as that each begins
the failing of each heart.

Thus I think, listening, head to chest,
“Your faint-beat rhythm had a start,
and one day there will be an end
of this your fragile heart,

though changeless Platonic certainties
seem permanence to minds apart
from a death that is as simple as
a stopping of a heart.”

Assurances of mind abandoned,
the contrary, uncertain art’s
the unseen hope that in mere flesh
God will rewind the useless heart.

This site uses cookies to recognize users and allow us to analyse site usage. By continuing to browse the site with cookies enabled in your browser, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy. X