Everything Is Happening at This Very Instant!

somewhere a child is being born
somewhere someone is dying
somewhere a woman is getting raped
somewhere rapists are raping a woman
somewhere a child is being molested or abused
or doing child labour or getting ready to go to school or already in school
or having a holiday or playing alone or with other children or doinh homework or housework or sleeping or nothing
somewhere someone is killing someone else
and that someone else is getting killed
some people are killing others
and they are trying to kill them back too
somewhere a couple are making love
or many couples
in the night or in the day
in different parts of the world
someone is getting hitched
someone is getting unhitched
some become friends
some lose friends
somewhere someone is cooking
someone is reading the newspaper
i am writing this poem

people are happy too
celebrating dancing signing eating drinking
urinating defecating living
somewhere someone is collecting firewood
someone is meanwhile committing suicide
someone is travelling in a plane or train or by car or scooter or motorbike or autorickshaw or cycle rickshaw going through a riot hit area
someone is in a metro waiting to catch the commuter’s early morning arm in the shot
and lonely men and unemployed women or vice versa are circling jobs or matrimonials in magazines and papers or searching for them in the internet
some others are surfing porn
or watching videos or links or whatsapping or facebooking or twittering or g-plussing or something or the other
some are shopping
lovers are kissing
married people are bickering or too busy looking after daily chores to
somewhere there are natural disasters
and elsewhere there are private or personal disasters
some people are praying alone or singly
some are leading and some are being lead
it is all about human beings
families relatives and those others
somewhere in the west the sun is sinking
and in the east it is rising
though that is only a way of seeing
it is all about nature and the universe
men and empires will come and go
but will man go on forever?
life teems around us
and does not care for life or death
except for Life and Death
somewhere I am on the verge of completing the poem
and I do not know why I wrote it
or why anyone should read it
except that it contains this terrifying revelation
that no one will care if I die or live
except a few till they die too
that my life may be insignificant
this made Buddha search for immortality
and he found it in the way of alleviating suffering
and Jesus in doing good
and artists find it in the beauty of nature and in beauty
and hedonists in pleasure and some in the love of the beauty of women
some in alleviating the sufferings of the poor
but some find it in cruelty and excess
in the love of power and in other things like force
what do children find it in
in innocence and the sense of wonder?
trees plants animals birds insects micro-organisms that the eye cannot see
all exist simultaneously
as do other things that are words but have life
and inanimate things exist too
one goes on till one no longer does
on this p(r)etty sober philosophical note
let me end this poem and leave it too for others
to consider it rot or on it to dote
or gloat or ignore to prefer to look at a sun mote

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Dr A.V. Koshy is presently working as Assistant Professor in Dept. of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has authored or co-authored seven or eight books of poetry, theory and criticism. He is an editor and anthologist. He is also a distinguished teacher of the English language and literature and a critic, with a Ph.D in modern poetry, specifically Samuel Beckett's poems in English. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2012 and his book Art of Poetry was selected as Best Reads 2012 by Butterfly and the Bee. He has been editor's pick on Camel Saloon thrice and poet of the month thrice in Destiny Poets UK besides often having his poems appear in the highly selected category. Has other international awards, diplomas and certificates to his credit too.

5 thoughts on “Everything Is Happening at This Very Instant!

  1. Santosh

    it is all about human beings – very aptly put . Hats off for this poetic philosophical piece….

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  2. pramilakhadun

    It requires a balance of the mind, body and spirit to see revelatory Truth of this grandeur.Your inner eye saw, your heart felt and your mind, tranquil as a lake guided your pen to write.It is a gem of a poem which though read a dozen times will be insufficient to dig the treasures hidden in this cri du coeur poem.

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