Damsel in distress

You had said you’d love nothing

else in the world as much as me

I believed you then and want to

believe you now, behind those

lurking shadows of self doubt


Longingly did I look into your

eyes, to feed my restless soul

but all you ever craved is

fame ‘n fortune, an eternal life

shackled to earthly laws


The more I clung to you

the more you clung to

your worldly possessions,

as if they’d do you any good

in Heaven, in the misty afterlife

Like a pharaoh transporting jewels

across Hades in a papyrus boat,

intent on securing the beyond!


My knight in shining armor:

Did you mean to lead me from

dark to darker forests, where

only shimmering neon signs

is all the light you hunger for?


Fondly, I bore you children

but they too look and think

like you, earth-bound alas!

by unsevered umbilical chords

yet from time to time they too

stare blankly at heaven, to

seek succor for their souls


If marriages were made

in heaven, why do covert

selfish agendas steer us?

Why do we fail and falter,

sabotaging peace on earth,

where we live and breathe?


Truly, does more mean less?

Will serenity come only when

our affairs cease to attach

to all that’s gross and mundane?

When will less and less begin

to mean more, infinitely more

in untold mysterious ways,

some unforeseeable day?


Shyam Bhatya


This poem was written in vicarious mode. Please feel free to critique it, if you don’t like something about it. I’m neither a poet nor a philosopher, just a self-taught nature lover.


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3 responses to “Damsel in distress

  1. Maya De

    Simply great Shyamol- I love it and I mean it too! Keep writing!

  2. There’s a lot of power in the line “an eternal life shackled to earthly laws.” Depressing to think our vision might be so limited, that we’d define eternity in our own image. Excellent poem and reflection. : )

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