Treasure Island

Aniruddha Pathak

(25.05.1941 / Godhra - Gujarat)

Let Heaven Sit In Judgment, Never Men

Let heaven sit in judgment as best can,
Punishing pretenders of right and wrong,
Let poetic justice be left with pen.

If truth should die ere it rises again,
No bird would ever sing immortal song,
Let heaven sit in judgment as best can.

A child is born and grows to be young man,
Truth never dies but lives on fore’er young,
Let poetic justice be left with pen.

The grown ups get to be flightless birds when,
Living life fuelled by head for far long,
Let not them, heaven sit to judge as can.

If two birds poles apart fly by as one,
Should they the same feathers wear— right or wrong?
Let poets come to pen justice as can.

If world were to wake from long night that ran,
None would know when night ended, day began,
Nor when light rose as truth from darkness long;
Let’s banish all pretenders: right or wrong.
_______________________________________ ______________
A child is an instinctive, natural judge, but he
never sits in judgment of right and wrong. So too
is an old man who re-lives his (second) childhood.
It is the young man, the learned man who feels
proud to be a rational man and who makes his life
all too complicated. He tends to depend more on his
head neglecting the heart; emphasises his IQ at the
cost of EQ. But who can precisely tell when a given
day begins when the night ends, when precisely light
takes over from darkness. Between white and black
there lies grey, as does between right and wrong,
between truth and falsehood, and all the contrasting
opposites of the world. In truth, there is one
infinite continuum; only peoples’ perspectives differ.
Who are we humans to sit in judgment?
_____________________________________________ ________
- Villanelle | 12.09.08 |

Submitted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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