Treasure Island

Jasbir Chatterjee

(4 March 1966 / Delhi)

Being Powerless


I often get a terrible feeling
These days
Of being powerless
Helpless,
Of grappling
Against forces
Beyond my control…

I shout,
I protest,
I scream,
I grumble
I cry,
But all in vain…
Because it’s all part of nature…

Everything that takes birth must die…
Everyone who is born must grow, fall in love, move away…
Everything that lives must change…
For better or worse,
And one can only watch helplessly
While the juggernaut of time
Tramples on everything that it steps on…

I shout,
I protest,
I scream,
I grumble
I cry,
But all in vain…
Because it’s all part of nature…

Submitted: Monday, August 15, 2011
Edited: Monday, August 15, 2011

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/18/2014 3:57:00 AM)

    Gripping write on a sinking situation but I know that we were never born to suffer and just die. Each one has a choice to get out of the quicksand of hopelessness and start anew - reach for dreams and live in peace and freedom. Get it - it is there for you to reach! (Report) Reply

  • Robert Burns (5/1/2012 6:39:00 PM)

    JASBIR, WE LIVE IN THE SAME WORLD, YOU AND I. AND TOGETHER, WE WILL LIVE UNTIL WE DIE. BUT, OH' THE PLEASURE
    OF BEING ALIVE - ROBERT BURNS - PORTLAND, OR, USA (Report) Reply

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