Rajesh Thankappan

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Divine Fate - Poem by Rajesh Thankappan

Are we no more than mere puppets
Remote controlled by the secret strings of fate?
Or are we just a passing eyewitness
Watching a puppetry show being staged?

Life seems dependent on planets and stars
That has already cast our lot,
Destiny seems to set a bar
A hurdle unbridgeable by the best of efforts.

But have we not seen people
Navigate cheerfully unhindered by fate?
Surdas and Milton wrote to create ripples
Though their worldly visions had barricaded gates.

So, if ‘fate' is our master who rules and governs
On efforts invested can't we a difference earn?

Topic(s) of this poem: destiny


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Is it not a wonder that Surdas, (the devotional saint poet) though born blind and Milton, who developed blindness at a later stage in life, were not disheartened by it and defying their 'fate' continued in their quest to write poetry?
However, I believe, ‘ fate' too has a big role in our life since our birth into a society and circumstance is decreed by our fate over which we have no control.

Comments about Divine Fate by Rajesh Thankappan

  • Bharati Nayak (7/11/2017 3:42:00 AM)


    But have we not seen people
    Navigate cheerfully unhindered by fate?
    Surdas and Milton wrote to create ripples
    Though their worldly visions had barricaded gates.- - - - Fate is that unknown force by which we all are controlled.But faith in the divine power will help us navigate the difficult circumstances.
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  • Chinedu Dike (2/7/2017 11:21:00 PM)


    Fate as cosmic forces believed to control earthly events is aptly captured in the poem. Beautiful piece of poetry elegantly brought forth with conviction. Awesome! Thanks for sharing Rajesh. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/11/2016 10:33:00 AM)


    Fated we are to live and eventually die
    Beneath the bright blue orb called the sky
    As intelligent beings, animals or birds that fly
    And then five feet deep with worms very humbly lie….

    Great poem of yours sir. I invite you to my page too for your critical comments......
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  • (11/9/2016 8:43:00 PM)


    Fate and effort both create and pave our way in our workings. Very well written poem. Congratulations for member poem selection. (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (11/9/2016 12:35:00 PM)


    At times, we are both puppets and passing eyewitnesses. We are stiff, immobile, and we simply let things happen.
    Very thoughtful poem!
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/9/2016 11:47:00 AM)

    Congrats for the POTD
    This poem truly deserves the honours...10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (11/9/2016 11:06:00 AM)


    Thank you my dear comrades of PoemHunter for reviewing the poem. Let me also express my gratitude to PoemHunter for choosing this poem viz. 'Divine Fate' as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/9/2016 9:29:00 AM)

    Fate, Free Will, ....or genetics?
    Nice thought provoking write. I think there's a combination of both at play. Nice imagery with the puppet strings. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (11/9/2016 9:23:00 AM)

    Divine Fat
    At first glance I thought your poem was DIVINE FAT and I thought, maybe there's hope for me yet!
    Congratulations for having it selected as poem of the day!
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  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (11/9/2016 9:19:00 AM)

    Divine Fate
    Fate and effort are neither totally black or white, nor are they operating all by themselves. Life is more a mix of every thing. Very much thought provoking. Congrats for being the member's PoD. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/9/2016 8:39:00 AM)


    Yeah, sometimes it feels that we are being dragged by fate to a fixed destination. Very wonderfully penned.
    liked it.
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  • Mihaela Pirjol (11/9/2016 7:09:00 AM)


    My felicitations, for having this poem selected as Poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/9/2016 1:24:00 AM)

    A difference
    Mere puppets on earth. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/9/2016 12:41:00 AM)


    The best poem with the best example and the best question....to your question my answer is yes, we can...pragmatic poem- 10 (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/9/2016 12:39:00 AM)


    But have we not seen people
    Navigate cheerfully unhindered by fate?

    Nice one....Congrats for being selected for the day....
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  • Mihaela Pirjol (5/31/2016 10:04:00 AM)


    This is a great sonnet, that ponders on one of the most delicate issue of life: Fate. Very well done. (Report) Reply

  • (1/6/2016 1:53:00 PM)


    We are more than puppets, for God allow us to make our own decisions, and we'll have to suffer the repercussion. Great poem and question. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (4/20/2015 5:23:00 AM)


    Fate is something we have no control over but we can overcome if fate is not kind to us and rise above it! This is an outstanding write! (Report) Reply

  • Josey Alfred (3/25/2015 9:07:00 AM)


    Fate is there to control us, but let it do its work, yet let us go ahead with concious effort, and a will that will accept the final out come with a smile has a better chance to win than just yield to fate. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (3/19/2015 12:46:00 PM)


    Fate and our own efforts go hand in hand. As long as we are alive, we have to keep trying; when we don't succeed, we can blame Fate for it. But never stop trying, for that is the basic law of life... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 9, 2016


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