Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.

Gold Star - 33,531 Points (June 15,1942 / Aravayal, karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, South India)

Instinct, Emotional And Rational - Poem by Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.

The Instinct, the Emotional, and the Rational
Are the stages at which your mind functions,
Together or severally in variant degrees.

Hunger and survival: The Instinct springs.
Love and hate: The Emotional surges.
Right and wrong: The Rational decides.

In the game of chess, you are rational.
In the game of love, you are emotional.
In the game of sex, you are instinctual.

The Rational mind is your judge.
The Emotional mind is your advocate.
The Instinctual mind is your subject.

When judge fails, when advocate fails,
The subject spurts to save the self
Or feeds the self without fail.

The Rational abide by the codes.
The Emotional deviates from it.
The Instinct violates it.

The Rational decides how to face.
The Emotional positions the move.
But the Instinct accomplishes it.

Far sighted is the Rational.
Short sighted is the Emotional.
Blind is the Instinct.

The Instinct reels under the Emotional.
The Emotional trails behind the Rational.
The Rational strives to manage them both.

The child is more under the Instinct.
The adult is more under the Emotional.
The old is more under the Rational.

The Rational lacks vigour.
The Emotional lacks balance.
The Instinct lacks prudence.

The Rational has distant motive.
The Emotional has immediate motive.
The Instinct has instant motive.

Intellectuals are rational.
Poets and lovers are emotional.
The ignorant are instinctual.

The Rational wages cold war.
The Emotional engages in verbal war.
The Instinctual commits physical war.

You are rational in forenoon.
You are emotional in afternoon.
You are instinctual at night.

The Instinctual is skillful.
The Emotional is forceful.
The Rational is careful.

A man and a woman in a tete-a-tete,
They are outwardly rational,
Inwardly emotional and deep instinctual.

In Cricket, a low catch at slip
Is well taken by Instinct and a
Lofty one in long-on, judged and missed.

The Instinct ignites the revolt.
The Emotion fuels it.
The Rational sedates it.

By Instinct you steal.
By Emotion, you weep and laugh.
By Rational, you criticize.

The Instinct feeds your senses.
The Emotion feeds your mind.
The Rational feed your ego.

Love for food and sex is the Instinct.
Love for arts and music is emotional.
Love for fame and name is the Rational.

A man or woman is all of three.
But they will vary in degree.
20.01.2001, Pmdi

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 13, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, February 21, 2010

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