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Eternal Recurrence

 
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Nietzsche presents the idea of eternal recurrence most clearly in The Gay Science, in a parable often referred to as “The Greatest Weight”:

This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence—even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!

This poem is my own meditation on the idea.
 

"Eternal Recurrence"
by Josh Harrod

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