Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Debt

There, beyond the days of yore
Lies an urn, of plastered mud
Smoking.
I hold my hands away
Reaching down
To feel the heat.
Plunging into pain has never been hard
For,the crippling childhood scar
Shielding from any molten hurt-
They spread all over
Fuming acidulous blisters.

And then as the cyanotic blues
Strangle me to breathlessness
I peep into the urn,
And I see a reflection of hope-
And I gasp, and choke.
Tart odorous fumes annihilate
The venom of its own kind,
And I resurface,
Swallowing a mouthful
Of air.

Living is often a debt-
Either to life, or to death.

15 comments:

  1. Living is often a debt-
    Either to life, or to death.


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  2. Awed, at the craft!

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    Take a bow!

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  4. "I peep into the urn,
    And I see a reflection of hope..."
    Really nice way of showing a mixed approach of pessimism and optimism...
    "Living is often a debt-
    Either to life, or to death"
    THIS one is a real deep and catchy one...

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