Smoke – Part 2

Thus I was left in limbo,
Totally without fight;
Nobody remained
Who could my fire relight.

I waited in vain for someone to come,
But all were gone, and forgot to return.

All I could do was laugh,
Berating the selfish,
Who did not even leave me,
With the chance of one last wish.

So I tried to recall
Who and what I was:
All my achievements,
All the tests I had passed.

I always worked for
My own just and living needs;
What have all these paper rewards given me?

Was all my education for nothing?
Never has it ever left me with anything.

Was it to this end that
I was silently screaming?
I was yelling in despair,
Without any meaning.

About this poem

Living in surroundings where the small and unbearable mess of badly burnt humanity can choke the life out of any of us, one can quite easily wish to vanish as smoke, which disappears from the funeral fire. The only wish one should have is that whatever is left behind, it should be the ash (vibhuti).

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Written on September 09, 1998

Submitted by prithvi_d on July 04, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 613
Words 123
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 4, 2, 4, 4, 3, 2, 4

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