For eternity

Wrote a poem yesterday on the prompt ‘Stone.’ An earlier poem ‘Stone’ was written by Charles Simic. Today I’ve written the poem ‘For eternity,’ for the prompt ‘Pebble,’ taken from a poem by the same name by Zbigniew Herbert.

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I was picked up from the river bed
By a crane
With many others like me
And taken away in a truck
It rumbled on for hours
And I wondered
where the journey would end-
In a garden
Of a kind, old, man’s home perhaps
lining his flower beds
waking to the fragrance of fallen petals
and the company of halting birds
Or maybe a toy box
amongst a bonny child’s treasures –
left over crayons, pencil shavings
shells and a fuzzy teddy with one eye
Kept safe
For eternity.
Slipping and sliding
as it drove on
I moved from side to side
And there I saw a dream
that I was more-
than a treasure in a toy box
or a lining of a flower-bed
I saw, I was the cure
the balm, the answer
gliding over bare, soft skin
tingling, healing aching sinews, tired cells
But all dreams are not to be
Not in the manner as we see
For in a jolt, I fell off
Tumbling and rolling
And there I lay on the tar road
In the scorching summer’s heat
Gently kissed by the warm wind

I was picked up again
By a boy this time
And hurled
He sent me flying
Oh! The feeling of moving on my own
Exhilarating while it lasted
Until I touched bare skin, soft, wet
Just over the eye
A trickle of blood
She bled
And I bled too
And fell to the ground
Helpless
Disgraced
Ashamed

Guilty

Stained
for eternity.

I’ve written this poem based on the sad events in India, related to lynching. In honor of all those who lost their lives because of the small mindedness and convoluted idea of justice, of a few idiots.

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13 responses to “For eternity”

  1. paeansunplugged Avatar

    The lynchings and stone pelting are such a disgrace! Well penned about its fate.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Yes…its extremely sad and disgusting at the same time. Thank you for reading and appreciating the poem.

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  2. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    This is awesome and so true to the poor people who r harassed and killed by insane people. Smitha a great poem.👍👍👍👍

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Kamal. I’m glad you liked it. Yes, its terrible – all that’s happening. Like we are going back to barbaric times.

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      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        Yes Smitha absolutely true and becoming barbaric. Sad. welcome dear.👍👍👍👍

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  3. balroop2013 Avatar

    A cure… a balm… a disgrace! How paradoxical! Well captured realities of people. Awesome analogy. I liked it Smitha.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so, so much for reading and writing back. Your comment’s very, very encouraging. I wanted to buy ‘Timeless Echoes,’ but it does not show a paperback version. Is it only available on Kindle?

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      1. balroop2013 Avatar

        Thanks for your interest in Timeless Echoes. Kindle books are so convenient and can be read even on phones these days. 🙂 All my books are ebooks.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          I’m technically challenged. This then will be my first kindle book.😊. Thank you for letting me know.

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  4. V.J. Knutson Avatar

    Like the perspective on this one. Well done!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much. Was hoping it turned out right.

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      1. V.J. Knutson Avatar

        You’re welcome!

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