Not Sparing Any Log

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The veneered contours of it had tamed me, 

Hand going numb, words plodding to alphabets, 

Soon, all that was left were blank pages and ink going dry, 

The relentless thirst to flow was giving away without a sigh.

My hands never trembled as electric as this day, 

My present-ness and mind going down in disdain, 

Inertness taming my ability to begin anew, 

Therapist on the phone pushing me to take baby steps,

Followed by a few lunges to straighten what was askew. 


Dishes in my kitchen are going kaboom, 

The same date on my calendar is ready to move, 

I've got to break these shackles and chains, 

Let the free flow of creativity in my brain. 

The reckless words tethering me has to be put to fire, 

Just a matter of one leap and there's no stopping back.

Stone to stone strike, sparks setting fire ablaze, 

Flames heaving up, I can feel the combustion stack up, 

Extinguisher in my hand, warning alarms, eyes intact, 

I chose to extinguish the pain and not the fire, 

Even if the house went down in flames, 

Even if the consequences were dire, 

I'd still choose the resurrection of my creativity

Over the tameness of them critics who conspired.


◄ Undercover Memories Dwelling Underwater.

Sign of the Times ►


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Manish Singh Rajput

Fri 12th May 2023 14:32

Your friend is perhaps partially right, Kevin.😂
I meant Greatest Of All Time.

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Kevin Tan

Fri 12th May 2023 14:19

I never read it. But I supported her during the Second School Strikes. Live on Earth in the 21st century still the big challenge. Like your poem In a Parallel World.

My friend calls me 'the jester of the lowlands'. I don't really know what that means. But when you say G.O.A.T. I think: Go On A Train.


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Manish Singh Rajput

Fri 12th May 2023 13:34

I just revisited "Our House Is On Fire" by Greta Thunberg, Kevin. It's one of the greatest insights on the world's economy and it's effects, a part of which I've tried to pen down in one of my previous poems "In a Parallel World". Thank you for the comment and pinning the G.O.A.T in it.

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Kevin Tan

Thu 11th May 2023 20:05

'Our House Is On Fire' - Greta Thunberg

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Manish Singh Rajput

Thu 11th May 2023 16:44

Thanks a lot, Leon.✨


Thu 11th May 2023 16:17

A lot of great lines that make up a great poem Manish!


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Manish Singh Rajput

Thu 11th May 2023 13:22

Thanks a lot, John B.✨

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John Botterill

Thu 11th May 2023 09:19

Fabulous, Manish. Moves with pace and vigour. I love the imagery!

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