I was contemplating the world
and found it to be
A marvellous land;
A kaleidoscopic array of joys and sorrows;
A promising Karmabhumi
to sow afresh the karmas of virtues and sins
and reap their harvest eternally.
I found the world a game of chance
in which the dice rolls one’s destiny across.
I could see this world as
a mesh of snakes and ladders where
black snakes from hell
with their mouths agape
are ready to swallow helpless souls
dragging them down to the abyss of Darkness;
and ladders pointing upwards
catapulting one to God’s abode of Light
are woven intricately together.
While contemplating the world,
I found myself in the mire of phantasmagoria
and came across the world rippling and sparkling
in stunning mirages shimmering with happiness which
melts away in the heat of delusion –
Mirages hot and cold
that burnt and froze me in desire
with its chimera but failed to quench
my thirst for tranquility.
I was contemplating the world and
had a desire to see beyond its material folds.
Poem Copyright ©️ 2022 Vipanjeet Kaur. Adapted from a prompt done for #FromOneLine (I was contemplating the world) on Twitter. There is limited space and the complete poem couldn’t be shared there.