Treasure Island

Rekha Mandagere


Save Life


Poisoned arrows
Lethal weapons
Nuclear explosives
Harmful bacteria
Dreadful diseases
Wild beasts of nature
Infra, ultra radiation
Whirlpools, gigantic whales and sharks
Forest fire, the wild dance of Tsunami
By instinct we perceive all this as curse to humanity
And at once turn ourselves from its cruel vicinity

But why do we become hapless victims to-
The cruel looks of so called relatives
Deceiving husbands
Faithless wives
Villainous friends
Murderous mother of Hamlet
Jealousy daughters of Lear
Selfish children
Corrupt officials
Killing doctors
Unlawful judges
Immoral teachers
Rotten politics
Like chemical bonds encircling our precious lives
Disintegrating mental ability, each smiles
No doubt, they shamelessly swallow humanity
Oh mother earth, save life from its banal cruelty!

Submitted: Monday, June 20, 2011
Edited: Friday, June 24, 2011

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  • Elena Sandu (7/27/2011 12:59:00 AM)

    Yes dear friend! We humans are doing a lot of harm, true! I still believe that we are not worse than ever (either than the nuclear dissasters) we had those bad things happening before.. The difference was that before time media had a different tone and was not at the hand of anyone as now..So I embrace your poem agree with you and say: let's try to save a live, change the world..I think I'll start with try to be aware and love to share..May I send it to you too?
    Thank you for such a good poem,10. (Report) Reply

  • Mohamed Ali (6/25/2011 6:10:00 AM)

    As Martin Luther King said-' We managed to swim like fish, we learned to fly like birds but we have lost the abillity to be brothers'. The decay of humankind started long time ago. T Intergrating spirituality in our work and play compared with a healty approch to materialism is the only chance for men to survive. Exellent word play. (Report) Reply

  • Alto Thomas, Jr. (6/24/2011 5:46:00 PM)

    No rhymes to end every line. I like this flexibility coming from you. I has allowed the reader to feast on the tone and texture of your words. sticatto/syncopation a deft mixture. Refreshing! ! (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (6/24/2011 3:03:00 AM)

    What a poem! You nailed down well the truth.. sad happenings in this world, cruelty and violence the worst, how can we get rid of them? Might it be by love? What do we need to do for a better world? I think that most of the people are trying only to survive..some are lucky to be strong or to have love around then their smiles survives but some are not, and are filled with rage and anger.. what do we need for a better world? doctors? priests? guvernor? naah..I think all we need is awarness.., teachers, coordinators, all of them with huge love for humanity not for fame power or money..but most of all I think we might need love and forgiveness in own hearts..then maybe we can bring on earth a better life..
    But then again..who am I to know what we need? All I know is that I love entire world and I try hard to forgive my faults.. Thank you for share dear friend.10 (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (6/20/2011 2:37:00 PM)

    No doubt, they shamelessly swallow humanity
    Oh man! Save life from its treacherous cruelty! ..................

    selfness decadent seems to disowns from humanity
    nature when knows its balanced path by makeshift....yes you are there! man yet fails to save humanity by this maddened crowd losing its texture to weave sense of fellow-feeling with a balanced symmetry of living in togetherness being inflicted upon the hoary elements of greed to grab with or without knowing hanging sword of death on its head reasoned out by itself or by ruined nature, but nature knows how to turn back to its balanced way, does mother earth bothers to save its inhabitants who forgets to assail her bounty of grace, beautiful write,10+++, thanks for sharing of such humanistic feeling, (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Akmal Nazir (6/20/2011 4:08:00 AM)

    I am cent percent agree with you that man should save himself from these calamities and also from inharmonious states of mind mentioned in the poem. But he is the willing victim of these things. Excellent word play. Written well with nice texture and imagery.10 Thanks for sharing..... (Report) Reply

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