Treasure Island

T (no first name) Wignesan


A cure for forty death-dealing cells


Impotent at birth

Impotent at death

and only somewhat potent in between

Why were you born without your own consent

What was the karmic guilt of your first birth
and what about those maimed in the mind
crippled in the womb
eaten by meningitis
by herpes
by syphillis
by aids

What are their chances of mending their karma

And what about that baby born without a brain
How is it to be blamed
for not giving its organs to some transplant bank

Who cares if you live on
If you die
who cares
and for how long

Does one have to care
being but ephemeral

(© T. Wignesan, April 2,1992, Paris - from the collection: back to background material,1993)

Submitted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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  • T Wignesan (8/25/2013 1:39:00 AM)

    Hi Sandra! Thanks very much, but I'm not sure if I deserve any such praise for composing a poem almost anyone would have felt like being capable of at one time or another in his/her life. As you can see, it's not addressed to be read by anyone. It merely apostrophizes! - the bone of contention, of course, being the oft-blamed karma of unverifiable previous lives. It merely states the obvious, though I'm not going to refuse the kudos, if they come my way. Every good wish. Wignesan. P.S. Incidentally, I did post (it's not there any more) a declaration of principles in succinct form on critiquing, and a comment on one of your poems. Never mind, I'll try and make up for it. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (8/22/2013 6:16:00 PM)

    GREAT POEM. Very Impressed,
    You deal with the human beings impossibility of choice from birth to death. Much too deep and complete for poor little me to analyze it here. But, I will read it over and over again, as to absorb every idea, with clarity and understanding.Why were you born without your own consent very good question, great line (Report) Reply

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