How do we imagine that we’ll be happy
In a world shuddering under our tyranny
How are we smug about our creature-comforts
In the midst of tumult, confusion and cacophony?

How do we close our ears to the cries
Of unfed, dismal, neglected lives
How do we turn our eyes away from
A road lined with forlorn tree stumps?

Why do we frantically watch the news
About a hijack, bombing, a shooting-spree,
Only to forget and not question
Why such things have come to be?

How can we open a tap and watch
The water gush out, dispassionately,
Why is global-warming a far-cry away
Just because we are in a room with A.C?

We shake our heads and utter solemnly,
‘There are only 1400 tigers left’,
We blog, we debate, we write a poem
And we think we’ve done our bit.

Why do we think that we’ll enjoy
Watching our kids grow, succeed, marry
How can we tell them life’s gonna be pleasant,
And overlook what we know to the contrary?

People, animals, plants,all in need of succor
But we’d rather watch our planet crumble
We’d rather shut out the bad news,
And live in our delusional happy bubble.

How can we feign ignorance anymore
How can we live for the day,
How can we close our eyes, slip under our sheets
And childishly hope the monster will go away?

4 responses to this post.

  1. nice 🙂 very true and sad state of affairs in the world today 😦 the rhythm is there for most of the post with an occasional slip, but who cares? 🙂 thought provoking post, even if only for a fleeting moment before we fall back into the comforting arms of feigned ignorance


  2. subtle…
    simple structured….
    this is something i’ll bookmark and read over and over whenever i get existential..thanks


    • Posted by vasudasuresh on March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm

      did u oblige me and not give an honest opinion? I hope not 🙂 even if so, its amazing what one compliment can do to change my mood 🙂


  3. Posted by Vikram on March 23, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Good one…. 🙂
    most truths bring about some form of discomfort..


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