Paradigm Shift..

What,
if,
what if,
“if”
became
“when” ;
Then
we’d no
longer
be looking
at the map
but be
on our way ;
Then
when
“if”
becomes
“when”
we’d no longer
be on the train
but arriving
at our destination ;
if and when
“if”
becomes
“when”
then
all the
unanswerable
questions
would
be understood,
and all
weariness
of journeying
finally
cease ;
when,
if.

( Composed 20th.October 2011,between the hours of 1pm and 7pm )

5 thoughts on “Paradigm Shift..

  1. Madhumita Ghosh

    A very well-crafted positive reply to the Hamlet of today who are in a dilemma about progression in life! Splendid poem!!

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  2. Umarani Jayaraj

    a small thoughtful poem intelligently written ! Its like an algorithm written ,i am reminded of a computer application ,”Find ” Replace ….exactly the same done here with “when ” & “if ” at 3 diffrnt contexts,where the implied meaning change is beautifully compared !!! What a simple yet strong poetic construction ! Congratulations Louis !

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  3. Madhumita Ghosh

    I simply love this poem! The word-play with a hypothesis ‘if’ and a probable time of the hypothesis becoming a possibility ‘when’, building up to a very positive attitude to life is brilliantly novel. I loved it! So, another comment!

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  4. Louis Kasatkin Post author

    EDITORIAL NOTE:- This is to acknowledge that ” Paradigm Shift ” by Louis Kasatkin was chosen as 1 of 4 poems to be part of the 2nd. Phase of , “Featured Poets & Poems ” to be exhibited during Februaury 2012, in Poets@Corner @ Destiny Church,Wakefield.

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  5. Louis Kasatkin Post author

    Space Epic ( comment extracted from http://www.writerscircle.biz )
    28 June 2012 I’m not necessarily attuned to this small-sentence format that requires one to scroll for a length, but appreciate the variety of style you present in your poetry, and it does have a visual quality that no doubt enhances the content and funnels one’s focus in on the “if” and “when” words, which are the crux of the meditation. I did enjoy the inventive word play and shifting perspective, and the wisdom this poem embodies. It provided for several reads to simply enjoy its words, and that for me is what highly recommends it.

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