Monday, April 30, 2007

Vestige

Does he stoop since birth?
Or is he burdened,
By a hundred failures?
Some his own
Some of his forefathers.
The inheirtance of dreams?

14 comments:

Shreemoyee said...

dreams cant always burden :)

Parth said...

@Shreemoyee: Agreed. I had a very abstract thought in my mind when I wrote this. The failures of a generation sometimes get handed down as dreams to the following one.

Vi said...

Inheritance of the society, I'd say.

Parth said...

@Vi: True

sd said...

Why dreams become a burden is something I have long thought about. I think it’s got something to do with stopping to "enjoying it" and thinking of it as something "thrust upon us" (either by ourselves or by others).

However without dreams we would be just walking, talking robots. Wouldn’t we?

Parth said...

@SD: Agreed. I might not be getting my point across. Perhaps dreams is a misleading word. A common man's life is set to the tone of expectations that a generation before him has set, and he seems to always work under the pressure of meeting them.

RS said...

Nice...sometimes broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations of the past (forefathers) takes a man to the other extreme - where he is working so hard to not see his/their dreams/aspirations fail, that that in itself becomes a burden...

shreya said...

or the inheritance of hope?

a tad too cynical? :)

Parth said...

@RS: True. I wonder if Rohan Gavaskar suffers from that :-)

@Shreya: Cynical indeed. Just capturing a different emotion. Others made this discussion complete by their hopeful suggestions :-)

sd said...

No, I think I got your point. I was digressing into my thoughts on "dreams and burdens":)

Lotus Reads said...

Wow, you are good! There's a verse in the Bible that says the sins of the father are the sins of the son, your poem reminded me of how that could be true.

Parth said...

@Lotus Reads: Thanks :-) I wouldn't have thought of the Bible connection. It definitely is on those lines.

Sparsh said...

or the inheritance of loss...whatever that is, Present sure looks heavy!

Parth said...

@Sparsh: It does, and perhaps the slightly weighty tone of the poem makes it sound even more heavier.