Poetry is the crowning gem of literature. Poetry, is always beautiful. It is through poetry alone that thoughts, from the most sublime to the most mundane, can be expressed in the simplest of words and phrases. The best of poetry, in joy or in sorrow, is born when it comes as the spontaneous expression of deeply-felt emotions and feelings.
As an example of fine poetry, I share a poem which was recently found tacked up anonymously inside a London bar and subsequently went viral on internet. The poem reached me through Facebook having been posted on my timeline by my daughter. The poem is on life, and is simple, but deep. When you read the poem from top to bottom, you get one meaning (pessimism) and reading from bottom to top, you get just the opposite meaning (optimism).
The writer-poet, presumably, penned the first part of his poem (top to bottom) in a state of depression. Sometime later, he has come out of it by self-developing a positive attitude to things around him (the surroundings), and that was when the poem from bottom to top was composed. He then integrated the two poems, the pessimistic part to the optimistic part, and made them one (two-in-one). The result is sheer brilliance.
Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be obtained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day.
By Dr. Sachidanand Das
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