Murali Ramanath

Rookie (13-3-1977 / Bangalore)

Young Lads Life - Poem by Murali Ramanath

a young lad with a brain full of smart muscle
entered the test hall to solve a random puzzle;

overcoming all worldly hurdle
to gain wealth, fame and diamond jewel;
high tech job is the nectar to guzzle
to be free of poverty and its struggle;

the first problem is the story of a turtle
for a mind which loves problems that baffle;
problems filling the bottomless karmas vessel
till death blocks the nostrils nostle;

super fast white rabbit thus ran to wrestle
afraid and worried at the wall clocks whistle;
superb intellect shines to dazzle
the same mind is unbelievably fickle;

pain-pleasure, win-lose endless dual battle
inside a mortal body that is too brittle;
with eternal time is our regular tussle
in infinite space endlessly we wriggle;

pain of disease & fear of death slowly tickle
soon youthful face turns to unwanted wrinkle;
repenting the pleasant life it once suckled
at the end to the silent death we all buckle;

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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