The Eternal Cycle

Twin baby brothers,
cocooned comfortless
inside the womb
of their mother . . .
Protested one, to the other
“Hey! Stop kicking!”
“Stop shouting,” came the retort
“I feel that it’s now time
for the big change!
We will soon be out in flight
to see the light
and the face of our dear mother!”
“Hah! What imagination!”
Scoffed the first.
“Flight? Light? Mother? What else?
What more can there be
than this hospitable haven?
We are safe and sound here
and so well cared for!
Stop your daydreaming
and get back to sleep!

On the day of the next full moon
were born the twins, minutes apart,
screaming with anger and fear,
confronted by the unexpected change . . .
Once born, we do learn to accept
and try very hard to cope and adjust
to continuing cycles of pleasure and pain
and the changes in our transient lives.
However, when the time does arrive at last
for our eternal spirit to depart
discarding the cloak of this worn out body
why do we find it so difficult?
to realise, understand and accept
that it is again the age-old story
of history, repeating itself?
June 1997

1 Comment

  1. We are now in an era of Re-cycle; The poet tells us about an Eternal Cycle;The plot she selects to express her thoughts -twin babies in the womb – is very fascinating. I think this is one of the advantages of being a woman!

    Why they are baby brothers ? Can’t they be baby-sisters?They are kicking each other to prove their dominance and strength;May it be the rehearsal for the cut-throat competition they may have to face, once they made their official entry in this world !

    But, what about the babies’ comment_content_IDea that they were in a “safe,sound,hospitable haven”;It may be correct in many cases but certainly not in regions where we freely talk about abortion !

    It reveals me the poet’s faith in re-birth and life after death. What I appreciate much is the poet’s ability to convey a deep philosophical comment_content_IDea through a simple, somewhat comical ,illustration .This is a poem, you have to read again and again to grasp the real gist !

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