Thursday, January 26, 2006

A diamond in the rough

This is about a child I used to see on my way to Fergusson each morning. Theres something about that look in his will forever haunt me......

Poverty's own child,
Stared me in the face,
He took a shuddering gasp,
And beagn to wail.

His life song it seemed,
So hanuting , so chilling,
Yet child-like he remains,
Still with hope of a new day.

No place to call home,
No life to call his own,
No one;
No where.

He is poverty's own,
Ruined and tattered,
Begging with the affluent,
For dignity and peace.

A dictator rules his day,
Hunger mars his night,
Intoxicating emptiness:
And dreams die a natural death.

A ray of hope,
Alight in each person.
But they pass him by-
And he waits again.

His despair is mounting;
His rage deepens,
Life loses meaning,
Should crime seduce him ?

Wretched life,
Teases him on-
Snarled abuses,
His only music.

He amuses himself,
Talks to his begging bowl,
Whistles a rusty tune,
Plays with the dust.

Body covered in sores,
Injuries paint his skin,
Some aquired; others inflicted-
How long before his soul dies ?

No dignity-
No company-
No space to grow,
No air to breathe.

All that he can call his own-
Is Misery.
- shilpa iyer

Homo sapiens sapiens : Self proclaimed keeper of the Universe

Who said we are supreme?
Who says that we were destined to rule this world?
Who deemed us worthy ?

All we seem fit; to kill and ravage,
No culture there- a masquerade,
Tears of blood , a rivulet, a river at last
A holocaust .
Never a step forward,in landmines we sink,

I have watched demolition,
And the rape of an angel,
I have seen seething rage
I have seen mangled bone.

Who says that we are the keepers of this universe? What then have we achieved that we brag so? We have caused the death and destruction of ancient civilisations. The modern man is a shame, a throw back to evolution in all its glory.We are the depth to which the process has sunk, from here will spring new hope .It will begin with the destruction of this race as we know it. Where are we going ? Where is the culture that we are so proud of ? How much longer before the earth is no longer inhabitable ? The arrival of modern man has harkened the end. An end that is long overdue. And end that will allow for new begginning.In each sphere that we are part, we have left our terrbile black mark.All we touch , is like gold to stone.
There is no pristine beauty
There are no innocents.
There are no motiveless smiles.
There is no harmless help.
There is no peacful sleep.
There is no peacful life.
There is no peacful death.

We havent left anything to chance. Who knows if our next generations will be as adept as us ? How can we trust them with this our task, Destruction of the universe.

The need to belong ?

Somewhere along the path we have lost our ability to believe and survive by ourself.why do we need people to always tell us that what we are doing has justification? Is'nt that something that you can validate for yourself? And what makes you so sure that just having someone else say that it is ..makes it just so!
I cant figure it out..where did this ' lost sheep ' become less of a metaphor , more a reality.Where have we lost our sense of self? In this race to be the best , have we forgotten the basic qualities that define us , as individuals? Is that a reason that vice and violence is on the rise? Vice; because that gives us a belonging , a clan to follow(misled though they be ) and violence to vent rage when we feel like we arent approved. Although most will probably think that they are not victim to this..Its something I feel , that while humans have evolved to what we believe is the pinnacle of evolution, we have lost all the animal instinct and primal skill that defines all those beings lower on the evolution scale.( and in my opinion far ahead on every other count ) We have lost our ability to be live in solitude,needing constant support from another just as weak as us!
Why do we seek company?