Monday, February 23, 2009


We build our own cages with rituals and sages
We tie ourselves down with our father’s leashes
We scream at the world as we live our lives in pages
Of scripture scrawled by the drunkards of the ages

We bury ourselves in the ashes of our dreams
And wake through the night so we can live ‘til morning
Oblivious and deaf to the bloodcurdling screams
Of the wives, children and mothers and the sons they are mourning

We inhale this acrid air as we gasp for breath
We kill for money and eat ourselves to death
We curse your luck as we drink to your health
And we swear we’ve been true until our dying breath

We swear at the truth as we lie through our teeth
We clip our wings and shoot at our feet
We laugh at the paupers who die in the heat
And maim the children who lie at our feet

We have spread across the earth imprisoned by our fears
Our dreams lie in ashes and drenched in our tears
We have emptied our guns and broken our spears
Into our brothers and sisters of two million years

It seems we are the disease, a virus so pure
Efficiently feeding and rotting from the core
We wonder if nature will, someday, find a cure
As we die out and fade, a mistake, nothing more


sindu said...

hard hitting man. comletely absorbed by the introspection...

Abhijit Chanda said...

thanks so much! And thanks for all the other comments you left as well. I'm really glad you like my work.

Niti said...

very well usual

Abhijit Chanda said...

Thanks Niti :)

star said...

yeah - a mistake,nothing more, efficiently feeding and rotting from the core. i agree.

incidentally, do you believe in rebirth? karma?

Abhijit Chanda said...

Hey thanks! no, no karma for me. I believe we live a short life and then we die. the end. thats what makes it more important for me to make the most of it.why?

minx said...

interesting.. like the fact that it isnt as dark as some of your other stuff

Abhijit Chanda said...

thanks :) yeah but it is of a darker variety. but still, i have tried to write less dark stuff recently. Glad you like it.

star said...

because to me the pieces fit if karma has a role to play. there has to be a reason why you are what you are and i am what i am. there has to be a reason why all the shit happens.

theory of karma is like the scientific principle we studied in school: every action has an equal and opposite reaction. so maybe the ideals of peace and perfection are never going to work. because one negative action will give birth to another and the vicious cycle will become more and more vicious.
and dreams will die because dreams are, well, just dreams.

but maybe that's a very negative way of looking at things, so i'll shut up. :)

(and maybe i don't even make sense!)

Abhijit Chanda said...

I actually think you do make sense, if you believe in karma. I on the other hand looked at it from the point of Earth being a collective organism of its own and we are the disease. There is bound to be an immune system and there is bound to be a reaction. I think its already kicking in.

Arnab Majumdar said...

Somehow, that poem brought memories of the Matrix series to mind. I dunno why exactly though, but maybe you'll agree...

Wonderfully written man. Finally got a one day break, so utilised it to see the stuff that you've written. Cheers...

Abhijit Chanda said...

hehehhe, well, in that way the machines were the dominant "species" and we were their power source. but i can see where inferences can be drawn. Thanks for reading amigo. keep dropping by!

Arnab Majumdar said...

I remember a dialogue in the movie, something where one of the agents compared the human race to another species, a virus. That's what it reminded me of, somehow, when I was reading this.

I hope it made sense to you :)

Abhijit Chanda said...

oh yes! Agent Smith! yeah! gotcha

Minx said...

some of the lines are so true.. made one think...

"We bury ourselves in the ashes of our dreams
And wake through the night so we can live ‘til morning"

"We curse your luck as we drink to your health
And we swear we’ve been true until our dying breath"

really identify with your sentiments on this one... good going my friend!

Abhijit Chanda said...

thanks again! :) really appreciate it