jibin joseph

(05 dec 1980 / cochin, kerala state, india)


I am a selfish soul
I don’t see the sorrows around
I don’t hear the cries
I just curse the system to change
What good did I do to change

I am a selfish soul
Am I even worthy to comment
If I myself refuse to change
I don’t even smile at people
Why do I expect them to smile

I am a selfish soul
I am living inside a cocoon
Pretending to be a happy soul
Not accepting the evils around
What good am I if I don’t change

I am a selfish soul
Why do people fight I ask
Without wanting them to stop
I don’t really care for anyone
Unless it is someone my own

I am a selfish soul
Why should I wait for a saviour
Why do I even care for a change
As long as I am happy in my mask
Why do I need a change

I am a selfish soul
The miseries around make me think
But time heals everything
Those who loose they suffer
As time passes sorrows get lesser

I am a selfish soul
World filled with crooks and lies
Who cares who cries and who dies
I don’t have time for anyone
I am happy in my wicked mask

I am a selfish soul
Whats all these disease and filth
All the crippled and the sick
As all day I merry around
Little I care whats going around

I am a selfish soul
Why should I care you beg for bread
Why do I care that you even eat
As long as I got my share of meat
What do I care whats your fate

I am a selfish soul
Little I care if on road you sleep
What do I care that you, even sleep
As long as I have my roof
I don’t care you cry or weep

I am a selfish soul
What do I care whose cries are these
As long as I am happy I care the least
I am a selfish soul
I am a selfish soul…………………

jibin joseph

Submitted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Edited: Saturday, December 11, 2010

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  • Kavita Bhat (1/4/2007 2:32:00 AM)


    a salute to your thoughts buddy!

    all that u've written is so very true...specially the 2nd last & 3rd para....its like an eye opener....

    gud one. (Report) Reply

  • Cassidy Thompson (12/27/2006 6:36:00 PM)

    is this how you really feel? ? ? if so.... i hope that one day you may change ur mind. but it is a good poem... well written. i enjoyed it to an extent. hope to read some more excellent work from you in the near future.
    < Cassidy Thompson > (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (12/27/2006 11:18:00 AM)

    Jibin, I hate to admit it... but I am a 'selfish soul.' I'm sure this hits home with many others as well. A very purposeful and meaningful write. Very well composed and stated... great write!
    Brian (Report) Reply

  • Nyrical Poet (12/26/2006 2:56:00 PM)

    This was an amazing piece of work, and it is so true. It is very hard for a lot of people to find a balance between selfishness and selflessness. Keep up the great work (Report) Reply

  • Raghavan Warrier (12/26/2006 12:53:00 PM)

    Very good poem. We are very much comfortable with social criticism. Very rarely willing to do truthful confessions. Ideas are nicely expressed too. (Report) Reply

  • Jim Foulk (12/26/2006 12:05:00 PM)

    yes i very good poem. i hope that is does some good what you wrote. it makes us all think. we could all be more giving and less taking. we can give our time, not just our money to help the less needy, we can give our talents. We can also help people who are not just poor, but other people as well. when it comes right down to it, most of us our selfish in one way or the other. (Report) Reply

  • Gaurav Silwal (12/26/2006 12:03:00 PM)

    I liked the poem.....Your ideas are very creative and thought provoking....and you are stressing upon the practical situation of each one of us............cheers.
    Gaurav (Report) Reply

  • Randy Resh (12/24/2006 2:19:00 AM)

    Hi Jibin: since you emailled me (unsolicted) , only asking me to vote on your poem -I won't. I'm far too selfish (not to mention- put-off) . But I will comment. I think that it illustates and draws attention to such plights, inequities & darkness of human nature. How we can become immune to suffering by it's familiarity (which sadly, '...breeds contempt') . well done. now post it also on a political site as well & perhaps you can see some action or at least, reach another audience. (Report) Reply

  • Linda Ori (12/24/2006 2:17:00 AM)

    You make a valid point. We are all selfish if all we care about is ourselves. It's all about us. As long as we are removed from the suffering, it doesn't make any difference to us, until it comes close enough to affect our own lives or the lives of those close to us. Then, it's a different story. We are like the ostrich with our heads in the sand. What we don't see doesn't exist.
    Excellent piece of work here, Jibin - powerfully written.
    Linda (Report) Reply

  • William Jackson (12/24/2006 12:18:00 AM)

    Thought provoking poem Jibin. It is a testament to the human tendency to be selfish as well as an introspective recognition of that fact, an outcry which means there is hope for change. Personally, I think we all really have a choice evert moment of every day as to whether we are going to look out for our own immediate needs or put others first. While the human tendency is to be selfish, we certainly can choose to operate out of divine love, out of the Life of God who wants to be manifested through us through a humility that says 'Not my will but Yours be done on Earth as in Heaven.' While this is easy to say, it is harder to do. Thank you for prompting me to think about it.
    Additionally, I think William Blake best stated the dilema of the human condition in his poem, The Clod and The Pebble. Here he touches upon the human capacity to be both selfless as well as selfish.

    The CLOD & the PEBBLE

    'Love seeketh not Itself to please,
    'Nor for itself hath any care,
    'But for another gives its ease,
    'And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.'

    So sang little Clod of Clay
    Trodden with the cattle's feet
    But a Pebble of the brook
    Warbled out these metres meet:

    'Love seeketh only Self to please,
    'To bind another to Its delight,
    'Joys in another's loss of ease,
    'And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.'

    William Blake (1757-1827) (Report) Reply

  • Careful with that dogma, my karma might hit it . (12/23/2006 12:12:00 PM)

    Thought provoking stuff. I'm sure many of us think this way from time to time. I certainly do. We have lots of good, charitable thoughts but ultimately we are selfish. It makes me think of John Lennon - Imagine no possessions... A powerful piece. (Report) Reply

  • Hai Hai (12/22/2006 7:15:00 PM)

    i like this poem.
    shows the reality we all want to change, but mostly we cannot help.

    well, when i am walking on the street, among the crowds of people, i think i am numbness and coldness one. but, i try my best to change bit by bit. at the morning i see the coldness and freezing on people faces, i just smaile to them, then they will smaile to me too, and at the whole day i will be happy. (Report) Reply

  • Onida (12/22/2006 6:12:00 AM)

    a great poem.A very nice one.A nice topic chosen.well done! ! A 10 to go.
    nida. (Report) Reply

  • See Lee (12/21/2006 3:21:00 PM)

    hi jibin,
    good you do write reality of mankind.
    and all true being got to most the woost selfish there are.
    keep your really good work
    SEE (Report) Reply

  • Buried Alive (12/21/2006 12:11:00 PM)

    I think this poem is fantastic!
    the message is so important, and the way you present it intriging and well written.
    I read it several times over to appreciate it even more. What else can I say.

    10+ (Report) Reply

  • Nina Komar (12/21/2006 10:49:00 AM)

    i think u wrote this poem
    nice and well
    i mean i love how it tells real things
    i think more ppl should see this (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (12/21/2006 9:10:00 AM)

    Jibin>>> A fine piece of work, here....Smooth & mellifluous structure....Unique variable Rhyme pattern...Humbling message we could all take heed to...A well
    crafted penning...'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''F j R (Report) Reply

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