The Essence of the Essential ( poetry challenge)
Essence: the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something.
Without essence, we are nothing,
whether, as some say,
it precedes our existence,
or whether, as others maintain,
our existence precedes our essence:
essence is essential.
Through their essence,
all manner of things are essential:
essential fashion accessories,
essential greatest symphonies,
essential novels to read before we die,
essential sixties hits, essential seventies hits,
essential jazz-greats, essential movies,
to list but a few.
It is essential, therefore,
that the essence of these essentials
informs our lives,
so essential that
they precede our existence,
because, without them, we are nothing,
even though our existence precedes them.
© Nemo 2021