By Sunil Sharma
Always, there is the other side of
every phenomenon, to be discovered. Provided you are ready to enter and
tumble down the long tunnel called
a rabbit’s hole; somebody curious and curioser, by the way, is only qualified there, behind the hedges and a country strange!
All it takes is a willing transition from physical state to
As the bard says:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
The question that might be asked by a Prufrock is: But what kind should dream them? Alice or Hamlet?
Ever drifting down the stream –
Lingering in the golden gleam –
Life, what is it but a dream?
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Standing in the field,
flooded by the rains
under a dark sky with clouds pregnant,
I look ahead and see
Among the recently-planted rice saplings
(Odd! But this is year 2018.)
the great romantic wears a plastic cap,
he looks back at the same instant at me
with a broad grin!
On clear nights, I look at the starry
find things that mesmerized a Van Gogh more than
A century earlier.
Still, things are same but we refuse to see
their beauty and charm – all spread out like a rainbow in the puddles and vaults, heavenly;
Truth is never monolithic but
pluralistic in tone
in order to have a sense of the totality,
we must tumble down a rabbit’s hole or
enter a Looking-glass room on our own
‘cause there is always that side calling out
an adventurer to explore!
Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor, and author with 19 published books: Six collections of poetry; two of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award, 2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal, Setu, published from Pittsburgh, USA. For more details, please visit his blog.
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