Valsa George


Fresh In A New Cast


Life has become an amorphous mass
Sans shape, sans structure
Memories too have begun to rot
And mind has turned into a scrap yard

My world has lost its tint and throb.
Defeated and decimated,
I long for an about turn,
To reach back from whence I started
To get out from this quagmire
To restore all that slipped through my fingers
In the tangled labyrinthine paths of life!
How I wish to curl unobtrusive
Into the womb that bore me once
To be reborn once more as my old self
To enjoy the peace and bliss, now alien!

As trees bared by the winter blasts
Stay in wait for the spring to arrive
I await a life, fresh and new
And long like a bird, freed from its cage
To soar into the panorama of the blue

Before that, I must rip loose
And peel away the covert mask
Sticking tight to my concealed face
Though it may cause me to bleed,
Exhale the soot of hatred
Polluting my larynx and lungs,
Eject out the venom through my fangs,
Douse the heat and drive the thirst
For power and pelf, flesh and flush

Time is up for me to leave the stage
But ere I make the final bow
I should fit into a new cast
And become a man again! !

Submitted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Having run a rat race for money and fame, towards the evening of his life, when a man looks back, he realizes that what he earned couldn't fetch him inner joy! There arises a strong urge in him to rip off the bogus mask, he has been wearing so far and denounce all false pretensions!

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  • Freshman - 1,599 Points Diane Hine (11/22/2013 6:57:00 AM)

    The fourth stanza likens his change of heart to a painful physical transformation, a very effective description. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,429 Points Amitava Sur (11/21/2013 6:31:00 AM)

    A lovely write up confessing the truth. Yes mostly, we all are so tired in this complicated world that
    we need a break. Because after running a long way the rats also are fed up now. We seek a life with no more sins and pains.... very nicely expressed.
    You can read my Enjoy being a complete you. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,178 Points Geetha Jayakumar (11/21/2013 3:08:00 AM)

    Poem with a great meaning. At the end of the day, especially very late he realizes that what ever he earned he could buy everything with it, except the joy...Worth reading it. Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 465 Points Kee Thampi (11/20/2013 9:00:00 AM)

    life is a gift of God and must be enjoyed....
    we must also taste the bitter face of it
    God wish so
    Polluting my larynx and lungs,
    Eject out the venom through my fangs,
    Douse the heat and drive the thirst (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,836 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/19/2013 8:56:00 AM)

    Awake you find the morning, life is such if one line is grasped by mind a lot of change can be brought 10 so lovely Valsa worth reading thank a lot peace be upon you and your family and all those who read (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,845 Points Valsa George (11/18/2013 7:21:00 PM)

    Dear Patricia!
    Am too much obliged for the kind of comments you make and let me make an open acknowledgement of it! You try to understand each poem from all possible angles and make comments which are very deep, erudite, mature and mind blowing! I feel that you never simply skim through a poem, but carefully sit and read, taking time to let the contents sink down into the bottom of your heart! Your observations will make anyone feel big and important! Always enjoy reading your comments on other poets also! I know, you have a big heart!

    Thank you for all great comments! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,310 Points Patricia Grantham (11/18/2013 5:35:00 PM)

    Life has all kinds of twists and ups and downs. We sometimes wish for
    a rebirth that we may change things that have bought us pain and heartaches.
    It all boils down to having health instead of wealth, gain instead of pain, peace of
    mind instead of giving someone a piece of ours. Excuse the pun. Let us be
    ourselves then we don't ever have to worry about the great unmasking. Very
    inspiring. Thank you for this inspiring write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 696 Points S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (11/15/2013 12:43:00 AM)

    Powerful imaginativ poem! To b put into a new cast, ah, challenging. Dis was such a cutting swordy metaphor, awesome to d core. Warm wishes (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 328 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/14/2013 10:47:00 AM)

    On this stage where we have been cast
    For too many roles to play
    Ours is not to remember the good old past
    And seek early exit today
    But He who wrote the script will decide
    Being born, when each of us will die
    And back stage congratulate or admonish us
    How we played our part in the worldly set.........

    Good poem Madam - set me thinking on these lines..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 37 Points Queeny Gona (11/14/2013 7:38:00 AM)

    You have presented the bitter truth in ground breaking style dear mam. I haven't yet reached evening of my life but then wish to go back to childhood to enjoy it to the fullest once again and so those who have already reached the evening of their life definitely wish much more....
    Wonderful read mam! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 486 Points Tribhawan Kaul (11/14/2013 2:15:00 AM)

    This is an outstanding poem of yours read till date by me. The desired to get another birth to set things right which have gone wrong in the present one is well structured and beautifully worded as the poet feels caged in this present life.......
    How I wish to curl unobtrusive
    Into the womb that bore me once
    To be reborn once more as my old self
    To enjoy the peace and bliss, now alien!

    As trees bared by the winter blasts
    Stay in wait for the spring to arrive
    I await a life, fresh and new
    And long like a bird, freed from its cage
    To soar into the panorama of the blue............excellent.10. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,845 Points Valsa George (11/14/2013 12:54:00 AM)

    Dear Jahan, I am taken by surprise to see you after such a long lapse, equally delighted by your generous words of praise!
    Whether I deserve this or not, I accept your compliments with grace and THANK YOU so much! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 14 Points Jahan Zeb (11/14/2013 12:29:00 AM)

    Visiting after a long time. Whenever I visit your page I really get something. I can't make any of your stanzas my favorite in this particular piece for each stanza is a pearl. The thought in each stanza is mind blowing. You are an amazing writer.
    I really like the twists in certain lines and the selection of words to sound more powerful and authentic.
    My world has lost its tint and throb.
    Defeated and decimated,
    Just brilliant. and the last stanza sums up all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 931 Points Kanav Justa (11/13/2013 11:51:00 PM)

    An amazing poem.... inner peace is hard to find... specially with the kind of lifestyle we are leading.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 465 Points Kee Thampi (11/13/2013 11:00:00 PM)

    To restore all that slipped through my fingers
    In the tangled labyrinthine paths of life!
    How I wish to curl unobtrusive
    Into the womb that bore me once

    love of life and money not make to love the real life.....
    really we feel it, when we try to earn money and we loose our life time to enjoy (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Kavya . (11/13/2013 5:07:00 AM)

    ufffff what a powerful write Mam............simply loved the lines.............
    How I wish to curl unobtrusive
    Into the womb that bore me once
    To be reborn once more as my old self
    To enjoy the peace and bliss, now alien! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 85 Points Danny Draper (11/12/2013 3:50:00 PM)

    A powerful poem of affirmation for a fulfilled life with meaning away from money and its pursuits through avarice and power for its devastating own sake and the desperate desire with an eye on mortality and remaining diminishing days to seek substance beyond the immediacy of materialism. (Report) Reply

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