perspective

My third grade friends called me Asian girl and wondered why

My eyes didn’t slant or my nose turn up:

I said to the I’m Indian.

Later I landed at Delhi airport and people spoke

Hindi at me very  fast until

I said I’m Madrasi.

On the train to Madras I finally heard

The cadence of my native tongue;

And I told my fellow-passenger

“I’m from Tanjore town.”

At my cousin’s wedding the house was filled

With people, noise and flowers and I had to explain

To an old great aunt which branch of the family tree was ours.

This inward focus, narrowing vision comes natural to my introvert mind

So I tried to visualize Outward Bound to see what I could find.

The astronaut’s view is the heart-wrenching blue

Of the planet of his birth and when asked who he is,

He’ll probably reply “A Human from planet Earth.”

Further on, he’ll claim he’s carbon-based life,

Yet further and he’s a form of Matter–

But very far must he go along the Space-Time flow

Before his Self can shatter.

He’ll finally realize with a vast surprise –

The Universe and He are the same:

He the Mover and the Moved– He the Player and the Game!

 

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One thought on “perspective

  1. Venkat Srinivasan

    That is wonderful Akka. The inward
    journey when continued deeper would probably yield the same answer in a different format- “He the observed and the observer”

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