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Valsa George

In A Flash

As the TV screen comes alive
With news of carnage and bloodshed
Gory tales of rape and molestation
Of manhandling and suicide
By those, once thought to be idols
Politicians’ pandemonium in the parliament
Their nasty tirade and mudslinging
Delirious masses swarming around
Heroes of innumerable political factions
People of muscle and money power
Crushing the poor marginalized,
And many similar scenes of sickening magnitude,
My hands grope for the ‘remote’.

The channels swing past in lightning speed
From frenzied gyrations of lovers of celluloid
To serials lengthening into infinity
Of love betrayed, tears shed
Bonds snapped, hearts shattered

Until at last it finally settles
On the wonders of the Animal Planet
Where the beasts roam free and fearless
Where there is no greed to hoard
Where no one wears a mask
And everything ruled by nothing more than
A survival instinct!

Submitted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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  • Brian Johnston (2/10/2014 12:05:00 PM)

    Great Poem! A nice view of a simpler life but I wonder if it is really so? I saw an amazingly sad clip of an elephant family trying to first save a baby elephant that died by drowning or maybe natural causes. the mother's grief was palpable. How hard she tried to help her baby, to see some hope of life in it. Lingering for days I seem to recall near the body of her calf, but unable to do anything. I am convinced other animals have masks too, are capable of duplicity, that their lives are more than just a survival instinct. That there is indeed greed, fear, hoarding, and in fact all human foibles in the animal kingdom, I am convinced. We are just culturally insensitive so to speak. (Report) Reply

  • Om Chawla (1/29/2014 1:18:00 AM)

    Excellent. Extremely relevant and contemporaneous.
    'Where no one wears a mask
    .................. A survival instinct'
    Thought provoking. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Md Asadullah (1/26/2014 2:07:00 AM)

    One of my favorites too, along with discovery channel and National geographic channel although I hardly get time to watch Television. Shaziaji's explanation is best :) 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (1/25/2014 11:00:00 AM)

    A Wonderful write once again from your ink. I think Animal Planet is worth watching as it is free from any mask and no greed, no power, no money, just can move around anywhere fearlessly...Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • marvin brato (1/25/2014 4:07:00 AM)

    Indeed, very straightforward sentiments extracting the truth from today's leading issues! (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (1/24/2014 10:00:00 AM)

    How well you have pointed out a burning issue in your poem! There is so much wisdom and astuteness in your lines. The last verse says a deep point. (Report) Reply

  • Tribhawan Kaul (1/23/2014 11:41:00 PM)

    Your poem gives something to ponder over. Why are our lives led by modern gadgets that includes internet/LED & LCDs TVs/ I-pods/I-phones. We have become slaves of our own making. Our thinking gets limited to discussions around the fares churned out by such mediums. There is no time to be independent. No time to have a look at a book and read it leisurely or pen down your thoughts on a paper with that blue-black pen. May be, as you rightly said, everyone wants to survive and survival instinct also changes according to the times. Great poem indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (1/23/2014 12:41:00 AM)

    The poem now adorns my poem list Valsa ji, as Mr.Dinesh Nair call it a timely write, i'd like to name it a Timeless poem!
    i loved many phrases here i would like to share with you...
    Politicians’ pandemonium in the parliament (great)
    And many similar scenes of sickening magnitude,
    My hands grope for the ‘remote’.(hands groping for remote is the soul's resistance against the present scene and the desire to change it...wish we could have such a remote too...)
    serials lengthening into infinity...(wowww)
    Until at last it finally settles
    On the wonders of the Animal Planet...(thank God, still there's a grain of goodness that our mother earth is still sacred and has not turned itself into...animal planet...and this name exist only for a channel...)
    and, finally, Dinesh ji's comment:
    Learning has ended and listening and watching have begun..
    Books have fallen from the shelves and LED TV sets have come to beam out all these stuff for 24 hours.
    I feel 'if the animals and birds happen to watch our TV channels they will be shell shocked' and would prefer to be in the wilderness for ever and ever...

    a thoughtful n thought-provoking read in the start of the day! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/22/2014 3:07:00 PM)

    .......oh my valsa you plastered a huge smile on my face and filled my heart with joy...we have much in common.....even I, myself would have continuously pressed the remote's button, until I saw animal planet or something better than the politicians or lover's of celluloid...LOVE THIS POEM! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/22/2014 2:34:00 PM)

    My favourite programs are about animals and nature too Valsa. A welcome respite from all the turmoil in the world. I adore all animals, but especially birds. Love your poem, which I am sure most will agree with. (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (1/22/2014 10:50:00 AM)

    very true.............Valsa...........Animal planet is at least free from such mischiefs as committed by the Human planet
    and species of Jungles are ruled by survival instinct............very well penned.........thanks for sharing............... (Report) Reply

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (1/22/2014 2:37:00 AM)

    the contrast is powerfully painted, reminds me animals are straighter and transparent.
    love the way you have drawn attention to an often missed thing, Valsa. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (1/21/2014 11:44:00 PM)

    I am humoured by your comment, Kavya! I can imagine how your kids have become the custodians of the 'remote' and how they are glued to the Cartoon Network! (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (1/21/2014 11:06:00 PM)

    hehehe...fact Mam........none of the channels are worth watching today especially NEWS channels that only displays such fearful news.......Animal Planet & Discovery are worth watching......though at my place only CARTOON NETWORK rules the day and remote lies only with my kids: -) so I enjoy watching that channel too, though nowadays such channels are also not designed for child minds and are much ahead of our times! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Kanav Justa (1/21/2014 10:59:00 PM)

    , , , , what a wonderful ending to this poem, , , so are the animals, , , , they have a heart as clear as water (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (1/21/2014 7:34:00 PM)

    All news focuses on sensationalism. Keep on showing over and over again. Some malady happens because of this showing, weaker minds trying to imitate what appears on screen. There are some channels which teach good but these are watched only by a few. Nice poem showing the reality of the media world. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (1/21/2014 4:45:00 AM)

    We have to keep our heads down accepting the reverses of modern life sans sense and sensibility and it appears like we are only to regret about these outrageous human acts for ever once a greater calamity strikes us.
    Learning has ended and listening and watching have begun..
    Books have fallen from the shelves and LED TV sets have come to beam out all these stuff for 24 hours.
    I feel 'if the animals and birds happen to watch our TV channels they will be shell shocked' and would prefer to be in the wilderness for ever and ever. A timely write madam. (Report) Reply

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