Ravinder Kumar Soni
The Pain - Poem by Ravinder Kumar Soni
The pain I endure, Mother, it refuses to subside.
I did not know about pain till it was gifted to me at birth
Not knowing what it was I had cried out aloud,
Sought attention, help and the needed relief;
It was your soothing touch which made me forget that pain,
Close my eyes and seek shelter in the cosy familiar darkness.
Each moment I have lived ever since carries the scar
Caused by the variety of pain peculiar to those moments;
Happiness too has come my way but sparingly.
Tormented by pain my range of vision is now limited,
I am unable to accept, contradict or negate the proven and the unproven,
I am unable to deliberate, reason or select the right or wrong,
I am unable to turn back the clock that continues to tick
Though I have always wanted to know -
After planting the seed how had my father protected his self now within me?
Why did he choose to experiment through me?
My father was a good tutor,
He had brought me awake and made me gradually aware
Thus initiated in me the ancient quest to know and extend my finds;
Abiding by his instructions I have learnt and indeed grown wise.
I know that birth is painful, life is painful and death is painful;
I know that pain is at the roots of good and evil,
As the prompter of all actions and discoveries,
As the scarcely noticed cause of all emotional bonds;
I know my existence is limited by space and time
Therefore, I have boldly borne the pain of life but tell me, Mother,
Why should I suffer the impending pain of death?
I have travelled far over three scores and eleven years
My limbs are tired, and my body and mind endure pain,
But you have always been with me;
I simply want you to hold my hand,
Help me close my eyes and seek anew
The primeval shelter that was mine,
The cosy and familiar darkness left by me long ago.
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