The One Chance

Men of science declare, energy
can only be transformed – just as
light is gained when charge is lost.

The folks with the books go into
overdrive if debits don’t
pull down the credits to net nothingness.

If there is more cow, for milk and meat,
– the ecologists are finding out – there’s also
more methane around to warm us up.

If Russian harvest withers,
farmers elsewhere profit. Global
commerce weds scarcity to plenty.

Oceans don’t swell up
when rivers empty their waters –
only to be boiled off as clouds.

If you rush to point out, the matter in the universe
has outwitted the anti-matter, wait, I’d say,
for them to figure it out finally.

The tyrant rules supreme over all he sees.
A zero-sum game set up by an unseen hand?
It’s always ‘take here, give there; gain here, lose there.’

Or, is it?
All wired up,

It’s all in our minds, I’d say.
Yes, it’s just what I mean – the one realm
yet outside the tyrant’s reins.

Men’s minds go myriad ways. All the same,
summed together, they’re anything but nothing.
The living world – an ample proof.

It’s the one chance, the best yet, for us
to break the game into the additive; perhaps
its master too is ready with his applauses.

(Stray Thoughts)


6 Responses to The One Chance

  1. Kannan says:

    Stray thoughts? By no means. You make us think in your new avatar.


  2. Nithya says:

    Great. interesting finding.


  3. Nithya says:

    Yes, isnt it still a mixed blessing? Men’s minds create both wonderful things and terrible disasters.


  4. gopal says:

    Still , is it a Sum Zero ..lets keep thinking

    and you call these stray thoughts !!!!



  5. Trisha says:

    they are not stray thoughts. they are very very intelligent and thought provoking thoughts. thanks for sharing them.
    best wishes.


  6. Sanjay says:

    Profound observations expressed in such few words, that too as poetry. Challenging for many, easy for you.


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