My self-written Destiny….

The echo of a warm Hello
Haunts me to this day
The sounds of merry talk
Lost to death and dismay
.
A drop fell from the sky
Many palms outstretched
A ruthless tussle ensued
The drop, the winner fetched
.
With a drop on my palm
And one in my eyes
No more warm hellos
Or teary Good-Byes
.
Oh! What has become
Of the world, you and me
There is just this “I”
All else is enemy
.
The little ray of light
Coming from the east
Made me see myself
The cruel, selfish beast
.
My gentle loving hands
Are no longer alive
Claws, sharp and grim
Are helping me survive
.
Fighting the ones I loved
A battle for you or me
This darkness is my Fate
My self-written Destiny

– Pritesh (with the help of Sujit)

This poem is inspired by Sujit’s post (http://sujitkc.blogspot.com/2010/05/dark-night.html), particularly the last part:

A long dark night awaits. A very long, a very dark night. Then, we’ll most probably not have the luxury to exchange pleasantries at cafe. There will no lunch and snacks to go together to, because there will be only so much as only either of us will be able to eat. Not you and me. It’ll be you or me! In those dark times, we may have to avoid each other’s eyes. For it’s hard to look into the eyes of a person you are killing. We will soon be fighting each other. Killing each other. Just like beasts! Because there will soon be so little left to survive on, that we have to reduce ourselves to savage ways even to exist.

Meet you in the battleground. Meet you in the jungle. Meet you in the dark night.”

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10 Comments

  1. May 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Awesome. And thanks for giving that poetic dimension to the collective tragedy of us all.

  2. Ananth said,

    May 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Nice one….

  3. Ananth said,

    May 28, 2010 at 11:34 am

    It sure is a grim picture, but it might as well be a reality. I see two strong forces opposing each other at this point. One force of equality, brotherhood and peace against selfishness vengeance and violence. Against this backdrop is dwindling resources and increasing population. While communication and education are the weapons of one side, true weapons and poverty are the weapons of the other side. Both sides are on a collision course. I might be alive to see the result of this.

  4. Bhargavi said,

    May 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Hits you hard. Powerfully written, both yours and Sujith’s.
    Also, ^Ananth’s comment: Like.

  5. DDey said,

    May 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Very thought provoking indeed! To think of it, standing at the tip of the ecological pyramid, where no life form depends on the human species in itself is alarming and makes us the most vulnerable species on Earth. We add to this vulnerability by so-called Homo sapien-promoted ‘development’.

    Think about this….The thing we need the most, we pay the least for….air. However, we are ready to pay anything for the most indispensable stuffs- latest ‘gizmos’, cars, etc. Well…Its all about the human choice. No one to blame. Its good to start getting scared NOW!

  6. Bhavin said,

    May 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I wonder why the exaggerated pessimism, perhaps its in human psyche. We are afraid of being wiped out by something or wiping ourselves out. For thousands of years we have awaited our doom. Our own scriptures talk of the Kal Yuga where everyone is selfish and sin overflows, the mayans, the bible all await an apocalypse..the way i see it, if we are all gonna screw up that gives us all more reason to celebrate everyday of our existence..Happiness breeds itself…What Pritesh and Sujit talk about is the play of life..nature has been the stage for millions of years..what distinguishes human’s is judgement and conscience, and history shows that just as we are capable of the ugly we are also capable of the divine..if we encourage more of that..perhaps it wouldn’t get down to living through our fears at all..might sound a little idealistic…but the fact is if we weren’t able to come up with these ideals we probably would still be living like the animals

  7. Karthik said,

    May 30, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Good one Pritesh ! Paints a grim picture , but I think we should still be optimistic about the future, else it just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy ! Einstein once said that he didn’t know how the second world war would be fough but that the third one would be fought with sticks and stones . Drawing a parallel , I think when the dark forces exceed a certain point, and explode , we’ll likely return to the state we were a long time back ( and perhaps happily so 🙂

  8. Pritesh said,

    June 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    @ Sujit: You’re welcome Sujit, anyway this is your idea. I’m just presenting the same in a different way 🙂

    @ Ananth: Thanks. I don’t know if we will be alive to see where these two forces collide and what they lead to, but I sure am scared of the unpredictability.

    @ Bhargavi: Thanks Bhargavi!

    @ DDey: I completely agree with you DDey, our priorities as a race seem to be highly skewed. We need to realistically assess and possibly, get scared from now onwards……

    @ Bhavin: I wonder sometimes if this ‘thinking’ is the reason for our selfishness as well. No animals kill for fun, store more than they ‘need’ etc. We, as a race, are the only ones capable of such selfish things. What you state is of course very desirable but then, we need a collective conscience to function for that!

    @ Karthik: I do hope we return to being as nature friendly as we were once upon a time! I sure wouldn’t like humans off the face of this Earth but if they continue at this rate, that may well be an inevitability

  9. Sanjay said,

    April 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Pritesh,
    nice to read through your musings, it is amazing that growing up, marriage and motherhood (congrats on all THREE:)) has not slowed down your zest for life. Your writings are getting more mature each day, some more than the other, and have at times left me wondering, now why didn’t i think of that?
    – Sanjay

  10. Pritesh said,

    April 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks a lot Sanjay! It has been SOOOO long since we got in touch! I shd mail you now, I guess 🙂


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