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Thursday, 26 March 2009

Of Shadows and Light...




So long that I am turned away from light,
I see a spectre, my own shadow - 
My darkness, lying beside something bright,
Like a gloomy, veiled widow.

I turn to the light, my shadow takes flight,
I face the source of my eternal glow.
The shadow exists, but is out of sight,
And stretched ahead of me is a divine meadow.

I turn my sight away from that source,
Shadowy spectres still outline my course,
But when I fix my gaze upon what is right,
Undeterred by shadows, I see light.
---

Mr. Anil Sawan links his composition - Dark Could Signify Life 

100 comments:

яノςんム said...

it is wonderful.. :)

Pallav said...

just one word..
Stupendous...
awesomely written..

Arnav said...

Amazing re ..
Shadow can be used as a metaphor for so many things "spirit , conscience / personality " and many more - whatever it is - it Defines us :)

Gail said...

beautiful poem, lovely sentiments.
Shadow and light - yes. A metaphor for evil and good, perhaps?

Love Gail
peace.....

Usha Pisharody said...

A simple lesson, clothed in beautiful metaphor!

.a. said...

beautiful beautiful :D

the fourth line of first verse reminded of this song: listen listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmDcCh862Do

Netika Lumb said...

Undeterred by shadow, I see light...
Amazing peice.. Just simply awesome, I loved it!

Netika Lumb said...

*piece

Diva said...

i like the last line... but somehow it felt very unlike u!!! wonder why??????

rampantheart said...

I liked the main element of the poem, Karthik! :)

Well, somehow I have never had a penchant for rhymes and something like this, coming from you, has intrigued me, just like @Diva pointed out! I personally felt that the words didn't carry the intensity with which you write, usually!

I would like to make a suggestion. Please cut out the simile and use a metaphor in the last line of the first stanza. 'Like', I am afraid, doesn't provide a smooth flow to the poem.

Keeps the great words flowing! Cheers!

Amrita~Ams said...

is that u??
Different face of kartz..
like the last lyns...gr8

Preetilata【ツ】 said...

shadows, light and right. i have loved the way u have played with these words.

such deep message u hv conveyed with this poem. what ever is right will always be surrounded by light.

bondgal_rulz said...

Outstanding work dude !

LOVED the last stanza. :)

Cheers

Anonymous said...

liked ur use of the word - shadow... nice poem mister...

Rishi said...

hmmm... out of the darkness..?

Kartz said...

##Richa
Danke... :)

Kartz said...

##Pallav
Gratias...

Kartz said...

##Arnav
:) Define, it does...

Kartz said...

##Gail
Not necessarily, ma'am... Darkness is absence of light. And well, who knows what it hides unless you throw light, dispel it and find out?

But yeah, the reader does have his/her opinion. Thanks.

Kartz said...

##Usha Ma'am
Thank you ma'am! :)

Kartz said...

##Asbah
Thanks for the song, and the read. Lovely piece of music, must say. :) And yeah, thanks for sharing the lyrics too!

Kartz said...

##Netika Lumb
Thanks. Good to see you again...

Kartz said...

##Diva
Dunno... This was just a reflection. As a kid, I was amused by the word - shadow. And thanks to Fantasy-genre games/books, the intrigue just grew...

Would like to hear your take though - as to how it seems different.

Good to hear from you. Trust all is well.

Kartz said...

##Ranjani
Ha ha! Well, it is rare that I write stuff that do not rhyme. Very rare... Well, just that, I find my compositions incomplete if they don't rhyme. Rhyming isn't easy either...

Initially, I'd be satisfied if the metre was ABCB/ABAC, but now, it has to be one of AABB/ABAB/AAAA/AABCB... ...

Point noted. Thanks. Will fiddle around for something better. And yeah, guess it didn't hit hard. But then again, that wasn't the intent. Rustiness - having come back to blogsville after a fortnight. ;P

How are things, btw..?

Kartz said...

##Amrita
Ummm, no, this is a creature from the bowels of the nether-realm. ;D

Kartz said...

##Preetilata
Thank you... Glad you liked it.

Kartz said...

##Isha
Thanks for the kind words, mademoiselle...

Kartz said...

##Anonymous
Thanks Mr./Mrs./Miss./?

Kartz said...

##Rishi
Well... Journey into the darkness.

Kartz said...

##Rishi
Well... Journey into the darkness.

Priya said...

Shadow- Fear and following the path unknown.

Obsidian said...

thot provokin, as evr...

Anonymous said...

neat stuff, mate... keep up the gd wrk..!!!

- dc

Trinaa said...

light!!! ahhhh..m waiting for my light too..its kept me waiting 4 long now :(

beautiful lines there kartz..super! :))

Keshi said...

awesome! as usual.

Im bak Kartz :)

Keshi.

mona said...

just one word... "beautiful"... loved it!!

jayaram said...

A rare visualisation
Good to see u write like this.
Yes, the 3 faces of life and the fourth shows light at the end of the tunnel? Am I right?

Chronicwriter said...

kavidhai ..
arumai
arumai.. naan indha kavidhaiya copy adichu , manapaadam panni , appadiyae moonu figureala vula vaikala...


www.chronicwriter.com

the pink orchid said...

hats off to the righteousness!

americanising desi said...

you come with a bang of beauty :D
whao whao
i see light after such a long time!

Charzz said...

But when i fix my gaze upon what is right..
Undetteerd my shadows I see light..

Lovely lines thr..
n very well rhymed..:)
#Kudos#

Helm's Deep said...

profound reflections...

Gauri Mathur said...

Its Lovely!
:)

Overmind said...

guess all adjectives ve been used up... nice. liked the underlying theme...

Sashu... said...

beautiful metaphor,...i loved the way u guised the darkness as the gloomy widow!! :) absolutely loved it kartz!!!

hope allz well at ur end!! God bless!!!

Kartz said...

##Priya
The path unknown - I took the one less travelled by, and tht has made all the difference. :)

Kartz said...

##Obsidian
Thanks for the read...

Kartz said...

##Anonymous/dc
Danke...

Kartz said...

##Trinaa
The light is inside you. Why are you searching for it elsewhere..?

Kartz said...

##Keshi
Thank you. So good to have you back.

Trust all is well with you...

Kartz said...

##mona
Gratias...

Kartz said...

##jayaram
Thank you, uncle...

Well, yes - that is a way of looking at it too. Glad you liked it.

We do have light within. It is up to us to find it, bask in it and realize our purpose...

Kartz said...

##Chriz
Ha ha... ;) Good luck!

Ummm, last bittu purile. Please elucidate. Moonu figurea? (My brand of Tamil is understood only by my folks! ;p )

Thanks for the read, bro'...

Kartz said...

##Kajal
Thank you for the read...

Kartz said...

##Seher Di
Glad you do... :)

Kartz said...

##Charzz
Thank you for the kind words.

Welcome to Contorted Reality. I appreciate your time to stop by and leave a note. Hope to see you often.

Peace.

Kartz said...

##Helm's Deep
Thanks... LOTR fan, I see?

Kartz said...

##Gauri Mathur
Thank you...

Kartz said...

##Overmind
Thank you...

Yes, I am a member at G-Arena too. DoTA/TFT/StarCraft/AoE... Yourself?

Kartz said...

##Sashu
Thank you for the kind words. Good to see you again.

Yes, I am well, thank you. Trust all is well at your end, too.

Good day.

Sophie said...

Where there is much light, the shadow is deep..!!

But when I fix my gaze upon what is right,
Undeterred by shadows, I see light.

Liked it..

kanagu said...

superb one Kartz..
great thougt.. I enjoyed this one :)

Anonymous said...

nice thoughts... well framed...

Overmind said...

Not much of strategy... Prefer FPS. CoD, et al...

rampantheart said...

I know rhyming isn't easier! I just said I dont have a penchant for that! :))

BTW, I have started reading Life of Pi by Yann martel! So far, so good. Try laying your hands on it!

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Sheer roo-bish... Get a life, mate.

Kartz said...

##Sophie
Thank you. Good to see you again...

Kartz said...

##kanagu
Thanks dude... Glad you liked it.

Kartz said...

##Anonymous
Gratias... U cd at least leave ur name.

Kartz said...

##Overmind
Naaaaa... Just can't stand all those gunshots. :P

Kartz said...

##Ranjani
Oh yeah, I did notice that in the few poems you've shared thus far. Well, we have our own styles, don;t we? :)

Life of Pi - yeah, shelf le irukku. Not in the mood to read books these days. ;)

Kartz said...

##Anonymous
How boo-rish. :P

And yeah, I do need one. Thanks though, I wdnt want urs. Even if u had an overdose of it.

jayu said...

Kartz-dark,subterranean,deep.

I like the positive lines at the end.

As the poet said-''subah zaroor aayegi,subah ka intezar kar''

mayz said...

whoa!!!!!!!!

sawan said...

bro, was looking for positive vibes and i got it here.. not sure if u intended to give out the glow, but i feel good now :)

MAN IN PAINTING said...

Excellent kartz...
wonderful stuff...
thanks for the correction..(my last post)i have edited it..
wishes.....
take care

Jake said...

Remember something in one of ur older compositions - the alluring beauty in darkness...

Nicely penned...

Priya Joyce said...

De Profundis!!

Lena said...

where there is shadow, there is obviously light.. good one, but from what i know, you can better.. :)

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Kartz said...

##jayu
:) You captured what I meant, Auntie! Thank you!

Kartz said...

##mayz
Thank you for the read, bro'.

Welcome to Contorted Reality. I appreciate your time to stop by and leave a note.

See you around.

Peace.

Kartz said...

##Anil
Not a prob, bro'. Glad you felt good on reading it.

Kartz said...

##MIP
Thank you for the read! And please, no formalities.

Kartz said...

##Priya Joyce
Gratias... And welcome back.

Kartz said...

##Lena
Oh yes! This really is way way off my best. But had to pen down what came to mind. :)

Thank you for the read, buddy...

Kartz said...

##Jake
Thanks, mate. Good to see u again...

Kartz said...

##future mantra
Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your time.

Pretty Me!! said...

This was SOME BRILLIANT thought !! completely bowled me !! :)

Anonymous said...

simple, yet profound... Keep at it!

Ayushi said...

Its on occasions like these when daali is proud of her lil boi :D *tickles*

of course, if we see what is right, our direction or angle won't matter.

This can also moralise that: we must never lose sight of our source(of wealth/health/..) ie. our roots

Kartz said...

##Pratibha
Thank you for stopping-by to leave a note. Welcome to Contorted Reality. I appreciate your time.

Peace. Have a nice day.

Kartz said...

##Anonymous
Thanks for the read.

Kartz said...

##Ayushi
Merci beaucoup, mademoiselle. And yes, we must remember our roots.

verbivorehere said...

could so much relate to the first 2 paras.. ..the last line..what my heart always thrive for is still a distant dream..but i do dream to 'just do the right.. and face light..undeterred by shadows :) nice flow of thoughts

Kartz said...

##verbivoreI am so glad u cd relate to it. And I wish for ur *distant dreams* to become a reality. Thank you for the read, ma'am. :)

workhard said...

I really dont knw how people write poetry so well.. really this is awesome... after reading some from other blogs.. i tried to write.. i was just horrible at it.. u ve got talent..keep it up.


Poetry

Kartz said...

##workhard
Well, it is all about application and going with the flow. As your screen-name says - work hard. I am sure you'll come up with one very soon. Hoping to read it, too... :)

Thank you for the kind words...

workhard said...

LOL... thanx for the encouragement buddy but dont go by my id.. thats only for misleading.. i barely work hard ;)

Kartz said...

Thank me later, ma'am. :)

And I mean it. Just follow your instincts and go with the flow. :)

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