They don’t matter absolutely

You may be watching a plasma television

In an exquisitely adorned drawing room,

Softly-lit by tassel-draped Victorian lamp,

And yet, external comfort doesn’t matter absolutely.

What matters is peace of mind.

You may be thrown from the gutter to the ghetto,

From the ghetto to pangs of hunger,

From pangs of hunger to bouts of fever,

From bouts of fever to desolation,

And yet, all these are bearable,

They don’t matter absolutely.

What matters is power of endurance.

You may run short of jewels and diamonds,

Foreign currency and bank notes,

Luxurious goods or an impeccable silk suit,

They don’t matter absolutely.

What matters is what you have

Has been earned honestly.

Millions are spent to hold matches,

Construct stadiums, stretch carpets of grass,

Organize seating accommodation,

Fix up lighting and ventilation facilities,

Make sure that there are enough rooms in hotels

And see to it that there is plenty to eat and drink.

All these are necessary to get nations closer

And strengthen ties of friendship and britherhood.

Losing or winning matches don’t matter absolutely.

What matters is when world football is plagued

By corruption and match-fixing allegations.

pramila khdun

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About pramilakhadun

I am the holder of a Bsc degree in Food and Nutrition from S.N.D.T University,Pune,India.Have taught this subject in a private institution for almost thirty-five years.Currently, I am retired and travel alot with my husband Raj, daughters Dr Rajnee and Priyum and son Airline Captain.Had my first book of poetry published by Minerva press, London and other two in Mauritius.More coming soon.I love poetry and enjoy reading poems of poets across the world and I feel Destiny Poets is the right place for me.

8 thoughts on “They don’t matter absolutely

  1. Amita Paul

    A poem that makes use of contrast to distinguish between essentials and inessentials , between core and periphery, between externalities and centrality. The poet exhorts the reader to focus on essential values .

  2. Louis Kasatkin

    An incisive existential cri-de-couer wherein the repetition of “You may..” is evocative of Talking Heads’ 1980 masterpiece,”Once in a lifetime”- the quintessential song about existential angst.


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