Ravinder Kumar Soni
The Widening Breach - Poem by Ravinder Kumar Soni
Come! Help me wedge the widening gap,
That has existed ever since our first appearances,
As the ever-increasing breach which had accidentally occurred, it seems,
Between day and night, bright and dark, and high and low;
Between this and that, here and there, and now and then;
Between yes and no, good and vice, and love and hate
And, between many other pairs of opposites that still raise their heads.
Lest that gap widens uncontrollably
(To cause much pain to us later on) ,
Come, if you will, now itself come,
Putting aside all else holding you down to earth,
Avoiding the dos and don’ts, and the rigid restraints
That separate life from impending certain death.
Come, let’s repair that breach by filling it up
With our thoughts and deeds, and noble fine intents,
Treasured findings, from our numerous jaunts across
Countless obstructing sediments and inviting sops;
That we did accept as gracious gifts.
Come! Let us together fill the widening breach
With what’s left of time and faith and resolve,
Beyond the crowd of rights and needless wrongs,
Amidst routine and unplanned revolts and strife,
And favoured looks and peaceful sights;
Let us wedge the gap between these lines.
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