Me – The Puzzled Person

(Lines for Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, Dr. Shihab Ghanem, Dr. Qais Ghanem and all the peace-lovers of the world)


Daily, newspapers and tv channels report:
Unrest is fuming unrest.
The excruciating agony of nations,
Riddled by the shambles of reality –
War, famines, tsunami, corruption,
Interrupt my life, hardly.
What view is to be taken,
To stop feeling bound with my
Own life, and is that feasible?
The intermittent lulls of being a soldier
From my desk is the easy habit
Of commitment for me!


I am aware:
Somewhere, a child is dying
By the experience of starvation.
I am aware:
Somewhere, mothers with kids
Are being raped.
I am aware:
Somewhere, streets are bloody
To show off the rule of life:
Might is Right.
I know:
It is all wrong.


Invariably, the capacity of sleep wavers.
In fiery madness,
Demonic sounds approach my ears.
I am alone and submissive
To the voices of tanks, bombs,
Anything that kills life.
There is blazing fire.
I am a cowering prisoner.
Then, with a startling suddenness,
I am awake.


What view is to be taken,
To stop feeling bound with my
Own life..?



30th May 2011


Geeta Chhabra


From the book: An Indian Ode To The Emirates by Geeta Chhabra. This poem has been included in an international anthology: Throbs of the Poetic Heart compiled by Dr. Shihab Ghanem.

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