Update: New poem: “Australia”

Map of AustraliaI recently added a new poem composed about twelve years ago at the Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro. The title is “Australia,” which might seem a bit strange, but that faraway place, in a very troubled context of existential boredom and introspection, inspired me to write these verses. I hope you enjoy the poem, and I look forward to reading and responding to your comments!


Immerse yourself in a journey with a traveler and her companion in an exploration of existential distance in love relationships.

Existential boredom, an enigma of the human condition, can be described as a deep sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction with the meaning and purpose of life. Human relationships do not quickly relieve this boredom, as they often fail to address the more profound existential questions that plague individuals.

In a world of social connections and constant communication, one might assume that human relationships could comfort those struggling with existential boredom. However, the reality is quite different. Although relationships can provide temporary distractions and fleeting moments of happiness, they rarely offer long-term fulfillment.

The reason for this disconnect lies in the inherent nature of existential boredom. It stems from a more profound desire for purpose and meaning in life. Although valuable and essential to our emotional well-being, human relationships do not inherently possess the capacity to fulfill this existential desire. They are limited by their imperfections and the finite nature of human interactions.

Existential boredom is a companion that never betrays
Existential boredom is a companion that never betrays

Existential boredom requires a deeper exploration of life’s fundamental questions. It requires introspection, self-discovery, and a search for personal meaning. Although relationships can be supportive in this journey, they cannot be the ultimate solution.

To address existential boredom, individuals must engage in activities that foster personal growth and self-reflection. They should seek unconventional sources of fulfillment such as pursuing passions, engaging in creative endeavors, or undertaking spiritual quests. By digging into the depths of their existence, individuals can begin to unravel the complexities of boredom and find a deeper purpose.

In conclusion, although human relationships undoubtedly play a crucial role in our lives, they alone cannot relieve the relentless grip of existential boredom. This elusive condition requires a deeper exploration of one’s existence and a commitment to finding meaning on a personal level. Only through self-discovery and the pursuit of purpose can individuals hope to transcend the confines of existential boredom and find a deep sense of fulfillment.


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