The Episodic Narrative of a Predetermined Life – Haiku

Life already written,

Only the details remain

To reach completion


Each major event

Preplanned for continuity

But scheduled by whom


Is the narrator

Seeking conformity through

Newfound clarity


Perhaps controlling

Hearts, minds, and expectations

Quite convincingly


The only hurdle

Your absolute acceptance

Once predetermined


Unless you decide

You get to choose your own path

And life becomes real


A Predetermined Life or Free Will

One of the oldest questions known to man could easily be whether we have free will or whether our lives are already predetermined by some higher force or power.  This piece questions the notion that our lives are planned but takes an interesting twist in questioning the process.  Maybe life is a combination of both concepts; those who sit back and allow their existence to unfold in front of them are the majority of the masses.  However, those who choose to step out of line and refuse to allow themselves to be controlled are not punished; instead they are rewarded for their bravery and allowed to live rather than merely exist.

Also the concept of a higher power is introduced; in this piece we see the term narrator to describe that being.  Since writers so often “speak” to their audiences in terms of vocabulary and text, I felt the term fit quite well.

What is Free Will?


R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

4 thoughts on “The Episodic Narrative of a Predetermined Life – Haiku

  • November 21, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Very cleverly done, Ralph. You make a strong point of having the ability to choose rather than just letting life happen. Each Haiku is a complete message on its own. Reading them all in order gives the reader the whole scenario of living in the way of choice for an individual, with one’s own truth. Great work, dear poet.

  • November 21, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Nicely posed Ralph, I believe it is a combination of both. We create the details of our playing field, yet the field itself is as it should be for the soul in learning. Well done.

  • January 5, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    I like this alot RJ , there you go you got me to thinking again !………..;-]

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