Choice - Poem by RAJ NANDY


A philosopher had mentioned once,
That animals are not subjected or
tormented with choice,
Like us humans on this earth!
In a way it is very true,
Animals neither contemplate the future,
Nor waste time thinking of the past,
Of what could have been or should have been;
As we human always do!
They forever live in the present, all stuck-up
in time,
Adjusted to their lower order of existence,
Which for them appears to be rather fine!

One hot summer's day, I happened to notice
a cow,
Sitting peacefully under a big temple's shade;
Blissfully chewing its curd, and quite oblivious,
Of the many paths of evil and righteousness!
It munched with such serenity, that I was tempted
to think of divinity!
Perhaps the cow had reached a mental state,
Which transcends beyond human existence!
Its holier than thou looks, could not be ignored,
And the total scene had me moved!
When suddenly the temple bells rang out loud,
and all at once,
Breaking my reverie and my trance!
And then I felt, that if ever given a choice,
and granted a boon;
And it would not surprise me in the least,
Should the cow seek to be re-born,
On this planet in a newly acquired human form,
and not once more - as a beast!

-Raj Nandy
New Delhi
05 Apr 08

Comments about Choice by RAJ NANDY

  • (5/7/2008 11:56:00 AM)

    nice poem. i really don't know what goes on in the animal's minds, they do seem to have feelings and grieve, and suffer from separation anxiety. but you are right we just can't accept what is.these days i am really stuggling with it, and sometimes i don't want to think or feel anything and just withdraw to my inner core where their is silence, i think i am overcome with sadness. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/9/2008 8:57:00 AM)

    the lines help the reader to understand the psyche of animals..and we understand the value of our life keeping the animal's life in the background.... they just live in present..and we struggle in present always dreaming about future etc...thought provoking theme...well composed. (Report) Reply

  • (4/6/2008 9:06:00 AM)

    You are absolutelu correct.Animals are not subjected to any choise and they just live in present.These things make them different from human beings.I have stated the same idea in my poem-Intellect: A Forbidden Fruit.Plz read it. (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2008 5:01:00 AM)

    It's beautifully written...an excellent idea and wonderfully put...i'm more than happy with the conclusion... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 5, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 5, 2008

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