Time To Scale Down - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak
Tonnes of glitter and gloss gasping to race
Up the runway, rising to kiss the sky,
Lifted bare by lean air, pumping up pace,
Or else lands lower down from heavens high,
And with a puff of smoke and sticky squeal,
Touches the tarmac tamely ‘pon soft wheels,
And brain and brawn in boast man much proud feels.
Yet, birds when bid better it’s no big deal,
Forgetting, their big birds gulp wells of fuel,
Shatter ears, silent while true angels fly,
Tanked up on just fruity nectar, et al,
Shaming e’en fighter pilots, mute in sigh;
And little housefly scarce can help but laugh:
Dog fights? Watch us do that and more by half!
We all as kids have spent hours watching in disbelief planes fly,
take off and land. No doubt, we have also marvelled at the birds
doing all that with consummate ease. But only when we grow up
do we realise how well the birds do so as compared to the best
of flying machines. And yet, most flying insects also do this and
more even better than birds, and go unnoticed still!
Men have put all their bets in scaling up technology. Only of late
has he focused on scaling down, or Nano-technology, perhaps
inspired by microbes. This sonnet was born from this fascination.
- Sonnets | 01.06.14 |
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