Final Metaphysical Exam

I failed to answer the first three questions correctly
multiple choice dealing with history, deities,
and the longing for piety

even with a lifetime of study
and more crib notes
than the rest of the overcrowded classroom combined

the next three questions
I had little difficulty with
despite a momentary power outage
and ambiguity overwhelming experience
they delved into absurdity, meaninglessness,
and magical snowstorms on distant planets

and for the final three questions
I guessed wildly
hoping for the best
fearing the worst
they delved into beginnings, endings,
and everything that comes after

then left the classroom
and ran toward the mystery
of silent and wordless questions.

—J. J. Steinfeld