width=61 height=87> Voracious Verses
2007


 

 

Dr. Ajay Rai


Not Needing

I know of many temples where gods do not live. 
Like absentee landlords, created out of counterfeit transactions, 
Life has their indelible stamp, nobody knows the owner, 
Nobody knows the owned.  
And it stays. 

I look forward and around, and find that in this age
Of audacities and contradictions, only transactions are authentic, 
Giving to life the stamp of a commodity - alive, 
A being on its own, not needing human beings. 
And this is but natural. 

I know many temples where gods should not live. 
Like prisoners of their actions, created out of the basic law of reactions, 
Life has their engraved mark, nobody knows the pretender. 
Nobody knows the pretended. 
And it stays. 

I look forward and around, and find that in this age 
Of tattooed greatness, only the label stays, giving to life 
The marked identity - alive, a being on its own, 
Not needing the necessity of the know, 
Not needing the knower and the knowed, 
This, too, is but natural. 
And it stays.

I know of many temples where gods could not live. 
Like unknown love, created out of known emptiness, 
Life has many vacuums, nobody knows the originator. 
Nobody knows the originated. But life gets filled. 
And it stays. 

I look forward and around, and find that in this age 
Of fashioned emptiness, only the vacuums are authentic, 
Giving to life the weight of nothingness, making it a grave 
Responsibility - alive, sober and endowed, 
Not needing the necessity of the liver. 
Not needing the necessity of the lived, 
Perchance forgetting that god exists. 

And, my friend I know of many gods who do not have temples. 
Like fireflies of so many colors, they travel 
In pitch darkness of life, akin to a matured dark hole. 
Its wrinkled path going within, feasting on itself, 
Not sure how or where it will end into. 
And in the inward, sucking movement the transactions are marked. 
Clawing on to the reality of the vacuum, they hold on, 
Creating in the process the necessities of all that is mine. 
And this, by virtue, yours. 
And together we see each other 
Not needing temples 
Not needing to live 
Not needing 

 2007 Dr. Ajay Rai



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