Treasure Island

Sajesh Vijayan

(11 May,1993)

The Forest of Shadows

I flap hard, my wings ache,
The rope cuts into my neck.
Old scars, they get a new brother
I end my struggle and wait.

It's been a wait, a painful one
Ever since I became fully grown.
Whene'er i tried breaking these shackles
I ended up being stomped down.

It's been a wait, a painful one:
I hear you sing and join you,
But when our quavering tones resonate
With the racing beats of our raw hearts
I feel the rope tighten around
My neck; the song croaks to an end.

When tears spring out, I hear them all:
Shadows amidst the trees tell me,
'What you do is wrong! It's against the law
Which you must follow blindly! '

What wrong is there to sing?
And after the song to fly around?
And when we're tired to cuddle down
In a warm embrace, a long kiss and...

Where were the right-sayers when
My wings were broken by the Beast?
Were your mouths taped and arms
Bound behind? Like what it did to me?

Where were you! Oh right-sayers! When
My better half's innocence was stabbed
And her innards bled and tears flowed,
For at her the knife incessantly tore.
Were your eyes blinded and ears plugged
While the knife carved wound after wound?

What right then you have, Shadows,
To command me when to fly?
What reason is there in keeping apart
Two halves which form a whole?

I refuse to fall into the path
Of fake righteousness that you dictate
I've grown a mind which can think, hence
I'll seek what's right by myself.

We flap hard; our wings burn
And each feather that falls will light
And set this forest on fire.
Light up! Burn, forest of Shadows!

And when the smoke clears and
A flood cleans the ashes.
Shackles gone, scars healed,
I'll kiss you then, my love.

Submitted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 08, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Forest of Shadows by Sajesh Vijayan )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley Updates

New Poems

  1. On the Bed of Death, Pintu Mahakul
  2. Solitary Meanings, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Heal the Mind oh Healer, Pintu Mahakul
  4. Where Are You?, angela mann
  5. letting moments turn to hours, Manonton Dalan
  6. i can't help it but smile too, Manonton Dalan
  7. Learning Essence Of A Poet, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. A Beauty Unseen, Khairul Ahsan
  9. Down to Earth, moez meftah
  10. Away she went, moez meftah

Poem of the Day

poet George Gordon Byron

So we'll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart still be as loving,
And the moon still be as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
...... Read complete »


Modern Poem


Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]