The Nietzsche Poem

As my fellow OPers know, I’m casually putting together a collection of love poetry as written by, or related to, the great philosophers.  I’m not sure why I’m doing this, but it’s a fun diversion, so I suppose that’s reason enough.  Here’s my latest.  It’s not meant to reflect Nietzsche’s thoughts about love; rather, to capture his aphoristic style a bit and his generally rosy take on the world.

The Nietzsche Poem

On Love

They say: people will do anything for love.

But that shouldn’t interest us.

People will do anything for anything.


The straight truth is this:


We kill for love because we are bent on killing.

We die for love because we are bent on dying.


Were it not for love, we would have to find some other reason.


Here the Wise see a Devil:


A concierge to our

Ruinous impulses.



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2 Responses to The Nietzsche Poem

  1. Nates says:

    Interesting. I wonder what you think of Matt Groening’s version of Nietzsche on love:
    Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
    (That’s from the ‘Love is Hell’ comics.)

  2. David says:

    Groening’s is better. But you should see my comic strip about an average American family in Anytown, USA. Hilarious.

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