Treasure Island

Yasmeen Khan


The Dance of Opposites


Conundrum of two poles
Lying as opposites in the Universe
Goodness with evil, body with soul

Sensual and platonic, two opposites of life
The one with wings and the other stings
The harmony of things, neither scarce nor rife

Silence is felt in the presence of tumult
Flowing rivers to stagnant pools
Discernible goes along with occult

Candor is best perceived when there is craft
Love sings sweet when we think of hatred
Callous feels like stone as there is cordial and soft

Beauty is grasped when there is ugliness too
Sweet is named as sweet as an opposite to sour
Grace and symmetry lie next to uncouth and crude

Hope dances with despair, a glass half empty half full
Fortune trails bold in the presence of failure
Health feels like flowers among the thorns of illness

Day and nightfall, dusk and dawn
Knowledge and ignorance, logic with absurdity
Light and dark together caper and dance

Submitted: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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  • Lasoaphia Quxazs (7/9/2013 7:23:00 AM)

    Very good observing how the world operates, but when we understand that there is no good and there is no bad, only life experiences, challenges, then it changes the scenery. As you say the very bad can turn into good, and so it goes for the good. When people celebrates for something like winning, then can come a great tragic. That is why I choose the not up and not down attitude, but in a middle level and that is why I am always happy, definitely healthy too. How we think, will come to us, when we learn how to think, that is the real happy time. (Report) Reply

  • Sallam Yassin (7/6/2013 2:31:00 PM)

    In couples of two
    He created- the god
    the world and from that we could know
    he is the one to be unique and only sufficient to be one/ it's really makes me in touch with purity thanks to share (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (7/5/2013 4:41:00 AM)

    yes jasmeen, right & realstic...things serve as foil to each other...a classical line: how he glisters through my rust/and how his piety does my deeds make the blacker... contrasts serve for other things as well, as once a linguist said, if you want to teach a foreign learner about the green colour, you can't teach by putting everything green, but by mixing of opposite and contrasting colours... your poem has brilliant strokes! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Somanathan Iyer (7/4/2013 11:21:00 AM)

    Hope dances with despair, a glass half empty half full'. then it depends upon how one looks at it. If one looks the emptiness that is pessimism, if one looks the fullness that is optimism. Beautifully composed. thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/4/2013 9:26:00 AM)

    This is a wonderful dance... the dance of the opposites! Light is made brighter in darkness, beauty shines in ugliness, day is made appealing by the presence of night... An indisputable principle of life! Reading this poem I am reminded of Rabindranath Tagore's lines-
    Light finds her treasure of colours
    Through the antagonism of clouds

    A remarkable poem of great depth! ! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (7/4/2013 8:35:00 AM)

    Beautiful! Nothing can be absolutely good or bad.Polar opposites govern this world. (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (7/3/2013 9:30:00 PM)

    ; ;
    Beauty is grasped when there is ugliness too'' out standing line, love it....10 (Report) Reply

  • Lasoaphia Quxazs (7/3/2013 2:41:00 PM)

    You are a philosopher also, by seeing the great oppositions in this life. Yes there are, but it is up to us which one we choose: Life or malediction. If we keep our minds even in the midst of problems on beauty, harmony, true happiness, no matter what is happening, in the meantime we face what comes, solving our challenges, eventually goodness and mercy will follow us in all our life. I might repeat my words, but I see life is a school room where we are presented with challenges, nothing is real, everything is a dream, up to where we keep our minds. (Report) Reply

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