Archive for December, 2007

Thoughts on thought

Monday, December 10th, 2007

In the quiet gathering in of night
I thought.
In between the waves of tiredness
I dwelt upon the history
of ideas
of human thought
Stretched out like effervescent waves
fading out of sight.
All of them
with one tired sweep
would dissipate!
Their going having scant impact
on how I lived my life.

Now I know
A thousand voices in shrill chorus
will erupt
In defense of human history
And the wealth of human thought.
And yes I know the very language
with which I labour to express
is honed upon experience
The fruits of conquests and distress.
And I can hear the arguments
That one can't help but be exposed
To the transmutating powers
of the fruits of modern life.
But think!

For one quiet hour
when all the world's asleep.
Alone with only silence
As your friend.
Today a fading memory
Tomorrow yet to run
Here I am alone
An empty room
This hour, For all I know
My last
What good has human wisdom brought?
Its influence is a memory
It brings no shred of warmth
Its logic doesn't fill the void
Its triumphs do not talk.
Here towards this mystery
With no one else I walk.

I stand alone!
Even though an orchestra
Of advice be in my thoughts
No one else can stand for me.
Not the wisdom of the ages
The past advice of sages
None of it can have much bearing
On the moment I am sharing
When life meets death
What wisdom thus expressed
Can stand in for me
To face this test?