Concrete Abstractions

by Sarah Eberhardt

How concrete is The Sky?

A concrete noun is an object that you can see or touch, in essence,

a physical object. But everyone experiences The Sky differently.

The Sky has a chemical recipe, 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen,

0.9% Argon, and 0.1 % other impurities. Although,

having a chemical recipe is meaningless,

because abstract emotions are made by neurotransmitters, chemicals.

If a concrete noun can be seen, surely The Sky would count.

Different places have different skies, although made up

of the same atmosphere, they are undoubtedly

different skies.

Generally, concrete nouns are things one could take a picture of, but

abstract concepts such as shame, determination, or even entities

as grey as justice are far easier to photograph than

The Sky. If a concrete noun can be touched,

Does The Sky count?


In the same sense that one could never touch The Sky, one is always

touching The Sky. Concrete nouns can hide other concrete nouns.

This is an obvious fact, every child has played hide and seek,

but no child has ever tried to hide behind their

mortal anguish and nihilism.

This could lead to the conclusion that The Sky is abstract, it’s transparent

and hides nothing. But what about Planet X? NASA presents evidence

for its existence, though The Sky has hidden it from everyone.

How concrete is The Sky? One can see it,

no two beings see it the way.

One can photograph it, but there’s a pretty good chance the picture

is trash. One can hide in it, but it’s still transparent…



On that though, what is a concrete noun?

Is it just that, concrete?

Or is just an abstract concept,

used to classify meaningless scribbles

that at one time were, in their literal form,

The Sky: 79% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, 0.9% Argon, and 0.1% other chemical goop.