Friday, February 15, 2019

Shamim Ara writes

To Darkness

Will you please forgive me? 
If I tell some truths
Of my heart,
Will you pause if 
I want to know
Who invented the words 'yes' and 'no'?
They are being  very tough to say
day by day.

There are too many formulae to adopt
And use one in between yes or no
And to be ruled by that.
If I ask again,
Who were the most animal-like in behaviour?
You can reply like me "the human beings."
You can't deny it, because they ate the giant animals
When all other beasts failed.

Again, is that the power men were ashamed of
And discovered some chains?
Maybe, to abate the irr.     
There was bloodshed, there were knives
They chopped one another!
isn't that
more than birds did to butterflies, 
bee did to flower,
wolf and ape in the wild?

Is this the "no" that was used for Hobbes' brutes
To make them docile?
Or "no" against the moderns to stop the smiles?
Is it "yes" that allows fear, fear and fear
Far and near,
That paralyses.  
Image result for human beast paintings
Human Beast -- Yashika Tiwari

1 comment:

  1. Thaomas Hobbes claimed that his "mother gave birth to twins: myself and fear." During the English Civil War he argued that strong, undivided government was necessary to ovoid both civil war and a state of nature ("the war of all against all"). In 1651 he published "Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil," in which he memorably described "the life of man" as solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."


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