Dr. Antony Theodore

Hey … Why Do We? - Poem by Dr. Antony Theodore

Why do we multiply our possessions
and reduce our values?

Why do we love little
and hate too often?

We have learned to make a living,
but not a life.

Is it true my friend
that we have added years to life
but not life to years?


I gave two plantains to a poor woman
on the street begging.
She took them with a great smile.

There was light in her eyes, I saw;
Shared TWO plantains with her FOUR children.

She sat,
with tearful eyes,
wiped the face of her children

and smiled.

It was the smile of God.

Topic(s) of this poem: meditation

Comments about Hey … Why Do We? by Dr. Antony Theodore

  • (9/21/2015 2:23:00 PM)

    Its the truth. Such obvious truth, but it seems to escape so many. Very, very well expressed Tony. (Report) Reply

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  • Roop Rekha Bhaskar (9/12/2015 5:19:00 AM)

    Incredible! ! Oh dear.. these lines bring tears to my eyes.
    PLUS/Minus/divide and multiply. Everything adds up in a human being. but this is a SUPERHUMAN poem. Loved it.10 again.
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  • Sranisha Francis (9/11/2015 9:30:00 AM)

    BUT ENJOY LESS? What kind of analysis of our present situation. this is a real insight. The poet is questioning the conscience of all those who consume a lot. Too much money does not give your real happiness. thank you.
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  • (9/11/2015 3:52:00 AM)

    Prophetic message in your poem, Tony! It seems the more money a person has, the more they spend on material things that will not last. Money seems to make people feel important, but in truth it's a lie, it reduces the value of others lives in their eyes. Nowadays people live longer, but they seem to become misers, unwilling to share their wealth with others in need. Selfishly buying more and more, only decreasing the joy in life, because material things have no worth, they are inanimate, giving no love to us. On the other hand, when those two plantains were given to a woman who had nothing, she immediately gave this gift an unselfish meaning by sharing it with her four children. Nothing materialistic was bought, but the tears of joy in her eyes as she wiped away the tears in her children's eyes, gave value to all of their lives. The money did gave nothing to them, but the unselfish act of giving meant the world to this woman. This is just a totally amazing poem, Tony! Your thoughts are so simply written in a very profound and sublime way as to touch our hearts and open our minds, hearts and eyes to the poverty around us at every turn! 100 - 10's is I could! Such wisdom and insight you have within your soul, it's an honor to have met you. Humbly I thank you for sharing your intense and intimate thoughts on life. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/11/2015 1:25:00 AM)

    Very wise and thoughtful poem that provokes thoughts multiplying in vision. This reflects modern days condition of possession of matters and reduction of love in society. Wise questions asked really....10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 11, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, September 11, 2015

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