Do you take everything for granted?
And does your truth live within you?
Are questions that are never asked
ever answered?
Is it right to set your own standards?
Or should you demand to know how to go?
Is the road less traveled a good choice?
Does your voice ever come unraveled?
Do you allow no to be a solution?
Can roadblocks bring you to some conclusion?

(C) Copyright Walter J Wojtanik – 2017

dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: The Answer is 42



  1. Glenn Buttkus

    Your questions are excellent. challenging & the kind of inquiries that would generate answers that would whelp many more questions; smile.

  2. I’m finding so many of the poems following the prompt to ask questions, are not making me answer, but are making me ask. This one is no different, so much to ponder! I love so many of these questions, “Are questions that are never asked ever answered?” Does someone think out answers to imaginary questions? “Is the road less traveled a good choice?” What path do I want to follow? “Do you allow no to be a solution?” This one I can answer, for myself at least.

  3. Good question about the road less traveled. I think some of the answer would be to what extent we really are “individuals”. To some extent we are, but we are more than our individual selves making choices. I don’t know the answers to this, but the question is good.

  4. “Are questions that are never asked ever answered?” What a riddle, as a tree falling in a forest… I would say no because for there to be an answer means there must have been a preceding question. Otherwise everything just IS.

  5. In the inner world of the questioning mind, sometimes faith (not complacency) is the half-answer to dealing with the unknown. I question, therefore I am. Your questions tugged me into a philosophical moment.

  6. LATE to the reading 😦 Cape Cod respite meant skipping OLN too….but here I am on a bright and cheerful Boston late morning…enjoying your questions. Great prompt, right? (ah — question there too!) I especially liked the last two lines. I was a high school debater — won many tournaments, was on tv in the Chicago area and went to college on a debate scholarship. Folks used to as my father how he ever won an argument with me. His answer was always the same, and immediate: “As soon as she opens her mouth, I say “no”.” 🙂 I’m smiling at that memory. But — in regards to your statement about “no” — oh yes, sometimes it should be the solution. Or something in that vein. We busy type A people have to learn how to “not volunteer” or raise our hand for ever single probe and favor. Not saying volunteering isn’t good….it’s just that sometimes we do that too much IE on the job it seems that the incompetent simply have tasks taken away from them, their workload lightened and pay kept the same…and those tasks are added to the competent person who has success…IE, you’re doing so well, we’d like you to do this too. Reward the good worker with more work; reward the not-so-good worker with fewer deadlines and fewer tasks. There’s a Dilbert comic about that! Someone once told me….okay — you need to practice saying no. So, take this situation: You are overloaded at work…you are the competent one. You’re called into the boss’ office and she says to you…”We have a problem. XXXX needs to get done in the next week. It’s not getting done. I don’t know what we’re going to do if it doesn’t get done.” The A personality would immediately jump in and say “Oh, I can do that for you.” BUT, what happens instead, if when the boss says, “I don’t know what we’re going to do.,” you say, “I don’t either.” And then just shut up. Aha….no as a solution 🙂 Sorry for waxiing here….but I did love your last two lines!

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