Treasure Island

Valsa George

A Mysterious Voice

From here and there
I hear him speak
His voice, falling in mild whispers
But he always plays hide n’ seek

At times he speaks loud n’ clear
Sometimes so harsh and stern
How he denies my wild longings
With a stubborn ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

What magic and mystery in him stored
I am at a loss to gauge
Amid the shards of my broken sleep
I often struggle to decipher his mysterious codes

I sought after him ever and ever
Down the nights and through the days
Taking him to be one from the dead
I searched him through avenues dark

Along aisles of the dead lain in rows
And in the hallways of fame
But he eluded me like a mysterious sprite
Prancing around and hiding about

When I give up my search after him
He shouts and whistles amid the din
And I see faint truths suddenly uncoiling
With a clearer perspective of life coming into view

At the end of my incessant search
I chanced to meet him within my own self
Peering into my depths, I saw him, his face veiled
And a balance held obliquely in his hands

Lifting the veil from his countenance
I saw him clear, clear as in a mirror
Someone with such commanding air
And stern with an impassive demeanour

In the still pool of the engulfing silence
I heard him introduce himself
His sound ringing so distinct and clear
Leaving echoes in the hall of stillness

“I am CON- SCI-ENCE, your alter ego
Listen to me, you shall not stray’’!

Submitted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, June 14, 2013

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  • Siyabonga a Nxumalo (7/16/2014 4:14:00 AM)

    Great poem about our conscience that we seldom listen to, he is always here trying to stop us from doing wrong things but we don't listen and that's why we find ourselves n predicaments.
    Thanks for sharing this fantastic poem Valsa.
    Siya_! ! (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (7/14/2014 11:48:00 PM)

    This is fantastic, Valsa. I really love it when I meet and read poems that express the same ideas as mine in a different way. You were very right that we both express the same ideas in this poem and in the whiff of conscience on my page. The mysterious voice, our conscience, an excellent poem. Many thanks for pointing this out. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/3/2013 9:23:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem...Loved reading it..

    Thank you Valsa, for the beautiful comments on my 100th poem... (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (6/23/2013 10:29:00 AM)

    Oh! What an excellent poem, Valsa! How well you have poetically described the CONSCIENCE! Yes! If we ever act as per the dictates of our conscience, we shall never stray! GREAT! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (6/17/2013 11:24:00 AM)

    Thank....! I initially thought you were referring to Him. Your poignant narrative is superb! (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (6/15/2013 8:15:00 AM)

    wow! you have taken the reader surprisingly to the end personifying an abstract idea, I felt I am walking through a lane with many twists and turns and suddenly reached an amazing, unexpected spot...believe Valsa ma'am I experienced this. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (6/14/2013 10:12:00 PM)

    A great journey of language and inner distance and places to reveal our most inner core that only truely works away from the noise and pressure of daily persuits. A charachter of calm that will with wisdom guide each of us individually. Thought provoking indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (6/14/2013 5:01:00 AM)

    In the hall of stillness, I like it. very good poem, thanks.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (6/14/2013 4:54:00 AM)

    Oh, we seem to have a dualality of mind. Do this or do that, only our conscience to guide us. Lovely poem Valsa worthy 10. (Report) Reply

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