Treasure Island

Palas Kumar Ray

(India)

Defeated


Oh Plant, I am defeated,
Defeated to you,
Me Human.

When I look at you,
I find myself
so small! so mean! so selfish!

Your life and that of mine
When I compare, I see
The contrast of Good and Evil.

You are the God, I believe
And I ask myself
Am I not the Devil?

Oh Plant, I am defeated,
Defeated to you
Me Human.

You give us breath to live
And food to eat and grow.
Give us rain, relief from pain
in our sufferings and woe.

Oh Plant, I am defeated
Defeated to you
Me Human.

Glaring at me
I feel shame to thee
I've nothing to give.

I'm a thief, I am a Demon
I put off your life
I live on your flesh.
Yet I cut off your throat
build castles with your bones.

Oh Plant, I am defeated
Defeated to you
Me Human.

My civilization of motion
My search into the space.
Also fueled by you
Your ancestors' remains.

So I hide my pride
Oh Plant, on shame
I'm defeated to thee.

I beg for your mercy
I am Worthless Human.





© Palas Kumar Ray.All rights reserved. 

Submitted: Saturday, June 21, 2008
Edited: Friday, June 06, 2014

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  • Shimon Weinroth (10/29/2008 1:52:00 AM)

    the bilogical cycle of our plant cousins is admirably presented, it is 'the way of all flesh' sensitive and understanding,10
    I don't think you can say defeated to rather defeated by,
    cheers Shimon (Report) Reply

  • Chitra - (7/3/2008 5:53:00 AM)

    your poem is a wake up call to all those who abuse Mother Nature
    wonderful write (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (7/2/2008 7:02:00 AM)

    trees and plants have prime importance in our environment...a good poem upholding the necessary existence of plant life (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (7/1/2008 7:33:00 AM)

    Your humility proves to this reader that you have great worth as a human being.
    Excellent write.

    Warmest regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

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