Galina Italyanskaya

The Universe

The universe seems to be
A puzzle I must assemble
A million pieces, disordered and crumbled
And two of them - you and me

The universe is my task
A magic cube in my hands
It's strange, but to play the game to the end
I have to destroy my past

The universe is a sheet
A perfectly empty space
Imagine the future, imagine the place
Somewhere we could ever meet

Don't care about my time
Believe, I would spend it all
To put it together, to reach for your soul
To picture the world of mine


(J une 2013, St. Petersburg)

Submitted: Sunday, November 09, 2014
Edited: Sunday, November 09, 2014

Topic of this poem: philosophical

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I wrote it in 2013, but the idea has come to me a few years ago. I think, in 2008.

Comments about this poem (The Universe by Galina Italyanskaya )

  • Veteran Poet - 1,384 Points Galina Italyanskaya (2/4/2015 2:14:00 PM)

    Thank you all for reading and commenting!
    I appreciate your attention very much.
    And thank you for Poem of the Day!
    It's a great honour for me! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,882 Points Kim Barney (2/4/2015 8:33:00 AM)

    Enjoyed this poem very much. I like the idea of the universe being a puzzle, because I like puzzles of almost every kind. Congrats on Poem of the Day! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,427 Points Savita Tyagi (2/4/2015 7:54:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. Like the line about universe being a sheet and a cube. Also loved your optimism. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 20,980 Points Chinedu Dike (2/4/2015 5:15:00 AM)

    A lovely and well penned piece of poetry. Kudos Galina. Am happy to see you poem featuring today on PH home page. Always remain blessed. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,230 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (2/4/2015 3:48:00 AM)

    Kind of a Mega level thinking, focusing poet's own heart. In the whole Universe, she feels, there is nohing more important than her heart. Exquisitely penned. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,963 Points E Nigma (2/4/2015 3:15:00 AM)

    What I took from this is it's a nice way of saying you are my world in a never ending imagination(universe) that is constantly in a state of change and that it doesn't matter how long it takes (time being relative) that you will dedicate every second of life into making your love work no matter what changes may come that you will grow and evolve in every way as the world does the same around you.

    I also like the idea of the magic cube. Death is but a door and chaos a ladder where destruction brings about creation. Nicely done and congrats on P.o.t.d. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,005 Points Rajnish Manga (2/4/2015 3:06:00 AM)

    Howsoever small we human beings might appear vis-a-vis this vast universe, our role will remain ever important when we make bridges between man and man to strengthen our social fabric. Thanks for a very impressive poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 25,464 Points Akhtar Jawad (1/14/2015 5:40:00 AM)

    Universe when converged in a poetic heart becomes a beautiful poem like this................10 (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,325 Points Fabrizio Frosini (12/17/2014 10:08:00 AM)

    lovely poem, I like the inner music of your lines. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,246 Points John Westlake (11/23/2014 5:14:00 PM)

    Really enjoyed reading this one. A philosphical and romantic poem which I would want to enjoy again. Feel encouraged to read the rest of your poems after this. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,351 Points Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (11/19/2014 5:25:00 AM)

    I found this poem very amazing, a true romantic poem, such beautiful imagery, wonderfully written. One of the best on PH. I enjoyed, Loyd, the simple poet (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,384 Points Galina Italyanskaya (11/20/2014 11:56:00 AM)

    Thank you, Loyd! Truly it's not less romantic poem than philosophical.
    I much appreciated your comment!

  • Gold Star - 8,401 Points Daniel Brick (11/19/2014 2:00:00 AM)

    This poem connects the very largest realm - the Universe - with what must therefore be the smallest - the world of the individual. And they fit together in the most wonderful, surprising ways. By reducing the universe to a puzle of pieces, you also bring it down to the level of just two pieces, two people. It's a breathtaking sleight of hand with scale and all done in one stanza. The speaker says THE UNIVERSE IS MY TASK but it's really this radically reduced universe of her life which is the issue. She is willing to sacrifice so much for the future she envisions - her past, her time. I don't know why she must sacrifice these things? But what she gets is, I'm guessing here, a common ground with the man she loves.The key line for me is TO PUT IT TOGETHER, TO REACH FOR YOUR SOUL, because it suggests as the puzzle of the Universe is put back together, there is
    a soul union that is fulfilled. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,384 Points Galina Italyanskaya (11/20/2014 11:38:00 AM)

    Daniel, thank you very much for reading and for your reply!
    I think you've hit it)
    Concerning your question, I need to sacrifice my past because I should revise my prior views each time I try to reach a new level of understanding just as I destroy completed sides of a magic cube to assemble its next layer. You just can't do it without changing previous layers. And time is always to be spent to gain what you need.

  • Gold Star - 24,737 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (11/9/2014 8:13:00 AM)

    Universe the wonder natural phenomenon and the imaginations are also beautiful and the poem. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,384 Points Galina Italyanskaya (11/9/2014 8:49:00 AM)

    Thank you, Gangadharan, for reading!
    I agree, it's wonderful. And enigmatic, and confusing)

  • Gold Star - 6,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (11/9/2014 7:00:00 AM)

    Very nice! I am impressed by your thoughts. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,384 Points Galina Italyanskaya (11/9/2014 8:44:00 AM)

    Thank you once again for reading and for your kind comment, Khairul!)

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