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Needing Nothing: A Poem Embracing the Unknown

Needing Nothing: A Poem Embracing the Unknown

It’s true: the more I learn, the less I know. Also true: it’s okay not to have all the answers. It’s actually quite liberating, maybe even a tad magical. Embracing the unknown might be one of the most freeing practices you could ever journey through. This poem is a gift of space, if nothing else — always leave room for wonder.

This is a poetic ode to all the things I wonder about — at least, some of those things.

Do you ever let the mysteries of life – where we come from, where we go, most of what happens in between – inspire you, rather than frighten you? It’s such a delicious experience when you can do that. When you allow your soul a little breathing space. When you realize, deeply, that the universe isn’t obligated to reveal its secrets to you.

Truly, this poem is a reminder to…

Keep a secret love for the unknown.

Sometimes, I think it’s good to need a little “nothing” in one’s life. It’s a kind of declaration built on awe. Almost like making a peace treaty with life itself.

Embracing the unknown is one powerful way to build resilience in a chaotic world without closing your heart to life.

I hope this poem coaxes your heart to open up to all that you don’t know, without needing it to be something else.

Needing Nothing: On Embracing the Unknown

How I can stare up at the sky

and be both

blanketed with a feeling of home and

lifted out of myself.

How my taste buds

so suddenly

decided to change.

How inspiration can be

so bottomless,

pouring like sweet wine —

then not a drop,

no current in which to flow.

How the scent of nostalgia


can fill a home, or even

why dreams feel truer to me.

I wonder about these things

and much more.

It’s quite an odd thing,

my soul,

when it takes pleasure

in the wonder


I hear the other side

begging me to

keep a secret



for the unknown.

. . .

Let the unknown inspire you instead of scare you.

Tell me:

What’s something you’ve been forcing (inspiration or clarity, maybe) that you could try to relax a bit, for the sake of peace and wonder?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know! 

With love,


Comments on this post (3)

  • Jan 23, 2022

    I wrote a musical composition for strings, and just recently named it (after much searching and thinking): “Love For the Unknown.” So I wondered, has anyone written a poem with such a subject matter? You have! Very Nice Poem.

    — John

  • Aug 26, 2019

    Trianna, I love this, thank you so much for sharing it with me and hope more find you! Vulnerability can make you feel naked :)

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Aug 26, 2019

    Beautiful Poem, I wrote a song similar to it

    — Trianna Brannon

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