Samanyan Lakshminarayanan

# # A Listener In Us

Our body may not be
what we think it to be
it could be much more in a sense
it could be a listener to world's resonance

when we saw a swelled up sea
when its hungry tongue swirled up as tsunami
no stray animal fell a pray to the sea
none were there in the vicinity of the sea

in a deer sanctuary in south india
the deers which used to dwell near the sea
the night before tsunami they climbed a hill top
stood there to see the sea swell up

when the sea was summoned by man to chide
'so many families shattered by you
so many homeless and motherless made by you
the crying relations sorrow would burrow you

'a rift.... i had within me' went on the sea
'a shifting adjustment i had to make within me
made me stretch out of shore
i thought you were all informed well before'

who would inform us on all this
who informed the stray on all this
the relation with the world we all miss
the listener in us to the resonance is a total miss

as children we did well
awake in us mind body and soul
as we grow the mind becomes all
we lose sensitivity of body and soul

the inbuilt listener we don't honor
a science built detector we harbor
to tell us what is in store for the future
UNNOTICED GOES THE RESONANCE TO THE LISTENER

A TOOL WE NEED TODAY

[two days after tsunami in chennai there was an article in thina thanthi
a tamil daily about this sanctuary situated in mayiladu durai...in kodai fm there was a report on a zoo in srilanka where too the animals responded much before tsunami came]

Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 25, 2009
Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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Comments about # # A Listener In Us by Samanyan Lakshminarayanan

  • Raj Nandy (12/21/2009 7:31:00 AM)

    Through the art of meditation one can fine tune that 'listening ability' of the soul!
    You have spoken of 'resonance'! For more than two decades now, Scientists are
    desperately trying through mathametical models - for a Theory of Everything! They
    call it M-Theory! There are tiny nano strings vibrating all over cosmos, like the resonance of violin strings! The type of String(open/closed string) and the kind of resonance or vibrations made, - results in creation of all matter in cosmos! In fact the entire Universe vibrates & resonates creating the music of God's philharmonic orchestra! ! So let us tune ourseleves to listen to His heavenly music! FOR YOU POEM 10! -Raj

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  • Prof. Dr. Sakti Chakravorty (11/8/2009 2:14:00 PM)

    ‘…the inbuilt listener we don't honor…’
    Why but?

    Excellent poem
    Ten++
    dr.sakti

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  • Gold Fish (10/19/2009 3:46:00 PM)

    It's certainly a perspective worthy of consideration. Very contemplating in the face of tragedy...truly sad...that things like this occur. Thanks for sharing.

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  • AtreyaSarma Uppaluri (10/17/2009 12:31:00 PM)

    A few pertinent questions raised on man’s limitations. Yes, it’s said, animals have that sixth sense against impending dangers, whereas man is deficient in it. Sometimes even animals can’t help it, as for example when a river is in spate. Anyway, man is unfortunately distancing himself from nature and so some of his native talents have already slipped into disuse…heavily depending as he is on external means. A thought-provoking composition.

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  • Seema Chowdhury (10/15/2009 11:02:00 AM)

    thanks for drawing my attention to this wonderful poem. its true. wish here was something that could be done.

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  • bye bye... bye bye (10/7/2009 12:00:00 PM)

    This poem is an urgent call. Yes, why don´t we listen to our inner voice? You are so right, we desperately need that tool NOW! Thank you!

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  • Anand Madhukar (10/4/2009 8:32:00 AM)

    A profound piece about mankind being disconnected with its inner voice as well as with nature. I loved its meditative and contemplative flow.

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  • Almedia Knight-Oliver (9/25/2009 10:17:00 AM)

    Beautiful and well thought out poem. It seems human do not listen to inner self or voice within. I believe we have instincts like animals but have been conditioned to listen to the outside voices of
    humans. Thanks for sharing this informative poem. I learned things about the Tsunami that I didn't know. this poem could be a 'teachable moment' for the world, It deserved a 10+++

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  • Aparna Sinha (9/20/2009 11:50:00 PM)

    Its a beautiful write, Sir I read many of your poems and I awe everytime. its just that I am not expressive enough to write what I think of them! they are all wow! ! !
    thanks for sharing

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  • Shakuntala Sharma (9/17/2009 11:27:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem - to regain the 'sensitivity of the soul', may be, we ought to read more and more poetry- thanks for making me read this poem of yours- as there are so many new poems everyday, sometimes we miss to read worth-reading poems

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  • Patrick A. Martin (9/15/2009 8:45:00 PM)

    We have lost the ear that listens to many warnings inside us my friend. Sadly the channel sometimes gets blocked by the sound of the cash registar bell ringing.-10

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  • Chitra - (9/15/2009 1:02:00 AM)

    a praiseworthy write..reflective in tone!

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  • Mamta Agarwal (9/9/2009 9:56:00 PM)

    yes, its sad we have lost touch with our instincts and are no longer tuned to nature. you have brought out your thoughts very well through this poem Samanyan.10



    mamta

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  • Vandavasu Vittal (9/4/2009 9:39:00 AM)

    Really we are far beyond the reach of the savants of nature and elude our mind with ignorance. A fantastic poem there, yes it is just like the fading away of our dreams which we had as children

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  • Beauty Philosophy (9/3/2009 7:22:00 AM)

    A very good write calling for reflection. Actually, it's true that the listening sense is much more developed in some animals, yet the MIND GIFT is granted only to human beings, so it's better for us to use this gift in order to think about the REASON of everything and about the essence of the universe itself.

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  • Krishnarasa Seshadri (9/1/2009 10:34:00 PM)

    How far have we moved away from Nature!

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  • Ruth Walters (8/19/2009 9:45:00 AM)

    This is so true, as we grow up we lose our instincts and are not so in touch with nature..... then tragedies such as Tsunamis happen and well we know the rest.
    Good and interesting poem

    Ruthy

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  • Kafil Uddin Raihan (8/18/2009 11:11:00 AM)

    This poem is a beauty sir.....good job.....

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  • Mubeen SadhikaMubeen Sadhika (8/18/2009 12:10:00 AM)

    Nice. beautifully written.

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  • Lynn Glover (8/15/2009 9:50:00 PM)

    Animals can always sense danger much sooner than humans as indicated in your poem. You put us in the middle of the tsunami as is the job of the poet and it almost seemed real. A very good write. Your friend Lynn

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