Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mammoth Wheels

I turned around to take a glance,
At the bygone history in all its expanse;
Trying to envision, a moment, a phase,
Of no pain, no fear , no cries in the human race;
Like a wind, tearing at all that  it gets to see,
They all roared back lashing at me;
Riots,Wars and Subjugation,Genocides,Violence and Slavery;
Acts  of terror in the name of reign or bravery;
Not a single moment could I find
Of absolute calm in the realms of mankind;
Arrogance, Fanaticism, Greed, Trick and Treason.
Each and every page bellowed its own reason;
Patches aplenty cover the visage of earth
Dark and morbid, or light and in mirth
The hues keep moving, they don't remain the same
The mammoth wheels of time playing their jigsaw game
The grass that is red and sometimes yellow
One day becomes  green, the sun providing the glow
Is this the cycle of of life , Of existence?
A question beyond the reaches of my cognizance!
For now, I close my eyes in obeisance and utter a silent prayer;
For peace  to prevail forever and forever!


The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is located at China Town in Singapore. A must visit place for those visiting the first time.


51 comments:

  1. Beautiful poem! All of us do ask so many unanswerable questions when we read some horrifying news and end up with praying!
    We all join your prayer "For peace to prevail forever and forever!"
    Best wishes!

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    1. Thanks Ranjani :) I agree....Some questions simply dont have answers within our reach....

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  2. Wonderfully written Jaish! May be prayer is the only thing we can do to end "Riots,Wars and Subjugation,Genocides,Violence and Slavery;
    Acts of terror in the name of reign or bravery;"

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    1. Thanks Rajrupa.....I heard somewhere that a prayer for someone is also a service....Easy but powerful...

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  3. honestly the theme was sweet and naive but I suppose being naive does has it's beauty.

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    1. It does I suppose Muthu...Thanks for stepping in :)

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  4. //For peace to prevail forever and forever!// Such a sincere and beautiful thought.

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    1. Thanks magiceye....Those are photos I took using my iPhone...I am a 1 on 10 when it comes to photography :D

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  6. A pen becomes a poor slave in the hands of Jaishree:) On my next visit to Singapore this place will be on a must visit list:)

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    1. Wow! What a comment Rahul! Thank you so much :D and now its keys on my laptop....Hardly get to use the pen these days :D Do visit, its right in the center of the city and would only take an hour or so of your time...You could club it with shopping in the streets of China town...

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  7. And now Poetry!! No end to your talents, Jaish!

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    1. Actually poetry falls into the least of my comfort zones Suresh...Coz I dont know its nuances or the methodologies like sonnet etc...I just scribble what comes to mind! Thanks so much

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  8. Beautifully penned...loved it Jaish!!

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  9. Beautiful

    ~http://xs2rahulz.blogspot.in/

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  10. Lovely poem and purest of thoughts. Let peace prevail forever indeed :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Jas. That was a touching comment :)

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  11. Never knew you write poetry as well. That was really a very deep one.

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    1. Thanks TF. I dont do it often as I am not that aware of the technicalities like sonnet, haiku etc....(got these from other posts on Indi)... I just write in a style that comes to mind...Not sure if this is acceptable to the experts in this genre! :)

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  12. Lovely Jaish :) ...

    Not a single moment could I find
    Of absolute calm in the realms of mankind;
    Arrogance, Fanaticism, Greed, Trick and Treason.
    Each and every page bellowed its own reason;

    .. I loved this bit :)

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  13. Jayashree, This is an artist's rendering of the wheel of time!! Impeccable...Love this!

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    1. Thanks a lot Panchali. You rightly captured what I was trying to say.

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  14. Hi Jayashree

    Your vision of Peace on Earth? I guess we need to find that inner space that is calm and devoid of hatred.

    Reminded me of Lennon's "Imagine".

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    1. I looked that up in Google as I had not heard it earlier... :) Thanks for stepping in and for the comment...Inner Peace can definitely lead to external peace as well...Rt?

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  15. Loved it..read it twice..and again..what made you write this?

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    1. Hi FIF

      These are things I put my battered brain through at times...When I thought of posting these pics, thought of clubbing it with poetry...Glad that you liked it

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  16. Beautiful and peace inducing. Very profound question on the cycle of life. The pictures gave an added dimension to the overall beauty of the poem. I will definitely visit the temple, when I come to Singapore someday.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Arti. You will love the place I am sure.

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  17. Beautiful shots of the temple. I missed this.

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    1. Thanks Rajesh, Do include in your next trip.

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  18. lovely poem & awesome clicks ......
    and best one of the whole was "Riots,Wars and Subjugation,Genocides,Violence and Slavery;
    Acts of terror in the name of reign or bravery;"

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  19. I love the positivity this poem exudes. Lovely! :)

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  20. Oh Jaish..it's awesome! Thanks a lot!

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  21. Though I have visited Singapore many times, I haven't been there. I have beent o Ladakh to the monasteries like Hemis, Thiksey, Stok etc. One can find peace in these surroundings as well as in the mountains. Ofcourse, till the time we don't mend our ways, it is not easy to find peace anywhere.

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    1. It's a peaceful temple rt in the middle of the city . Very nice place . Do visit next time !

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  22. Ooh lovely. I was eagerly waiting for your post all these days :) Now, I have to take out time and visit this temple :)

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    1. Wow! That comment was highly motivating Haricharan. Thank you so much :)

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  23. missed it , I was there in singapore for a few days on way to australia, did not know of this place.. although i have been to a few monastaries in india in sikkim and manali .. lovely pictures and a beautiful poem
    and amen to that let peace prevail for ever and ever and everrrrrrrrrr


    Bikram's

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    1. Amen! :)
      I have been to the monastery in Manali, I have not visited Sikkim though!Singapore people usually visit Zoo, Bird Park , Sentosa etc. This one is not time consuming and definitely worth it.

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  24. Very beautiful and profound. You are equally brilliant in fiction and poetry. Nice images of the temple, would love to visit one day. :)
    Loved these lines:
    "For now, I close my eyes in obeisance and utter a silent prayer;
    For peace to prevail forever and forever!" :)

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    1. Hi Akshay

      Do visit when possible. Thanks a ton for the appreciation!:)

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  25. Oh...my!!! You write SUCH beautiful poetry. I loved this!

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  26. That was such a wonderful comment . Thanks Antara :)

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  27. This poem is indeed a Beautiful contemplation indeed on the wheel that was invented without ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ in the remote past.

    … Is this the cycle of of life, Of existence?...

    Answer is all the strife is invented by the civilized societies just 5000 years ago, the gods they invented added to the misery of the lower strata of civil society, through their branded religions… for 5K years. Our faiths may not agree, yet the fact remains.

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