Ravinder Kumar Soni

Gold Star - 12,063 Points (05/04/1944 / Delhi)

The Pain - Poem by Ravinder Kumar Soni

The pain which I bear, 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 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 elect 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 own self residing within me?
Why did he choose to experiment through me?

When I was young I had found my father to be a good tutor,
He had awakened me and made me gradually aware
Thus initiating the ancient quest for me to know and find more,
Abiding by his instructions I have learnt and indeed grown wise.
I know that birth is painful, life is painful and death too 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 and long for over three scores and eleven years
My limbs are tired and my body and mind are agonized
But you have always been beside me
I simply want you to hold my hand
Help me close my eyes and seek anew
The primeval shelter,
The cosy and familiar darkness left by me long ago.

Topic(s) of this poem: philosophy

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 21, 2016

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