Atul Chandra Sarkar

The newborn cries and screams,
Unknotted from the mother,
It subconsciously realizes that:
It can never get another.

The diaper, gentle and soft,
Knots the freedom of shame,
Shaped, stringed cloth pieces,
Which grandmas give a name.

The trials of learning on and on,
How to knot the pyjama string,
The art of unknotting it again,
A penultimate to body-awakening.

The skill of knotting shoestrings,
Ensuring it doesn’t unknot,
To avoid a sudden slip or fall,
When lost in knotted thought.

The nuptial knot ties two together,
But unknots in isolation,
One complements the other,
To evolve a new creation.

The ball of life’s yarn rolls on,
With more and more tangle,
Some knots need to be tugged
Harder to dissolve a wrangle.

Some knots become adorable,
Some endearing in the run,
Some become disgusting,
Which one wants to shun.

Some knots are truly fragile,
Some snap and give pain,
The cat of Time keeps pawing,
Soon life begins to wane.

Never ever be knotted,
Learn the art to untangle,
Have faith in the Divine, lest
Knots become a strangle.

Just as in death they undo
All the knots you wear,
Unknot your mind, your heart,
Your soul, to move out there.

Let knots be naughts for good,
Cast off each enslaving chain,
The knots of attachment are
Sources of the worst of pain.

Forgive, forget, move ahead,
Be light, be pure, be free,
Loosen knots, one and all,
Regain Immortality.

Atul Chandra Sarkar

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Double Post Graduate in Philosophy and Sociology and LLB degree-holder, a Gold Medalist from Canning College, University of Lucknow, U.P. India. Presently engaged as Advisor (Industrial Relations) and Public Information Officer (Corporate) at Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd., Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India and is a Guest Faculty at Electricity Training Institute, Sarojini Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on the Right to Information Act, 2005. An Advocate registered with the Bar Council. Articles, poems and short stories have been published in popular National dailies like Pioneer, Northern India Patrika, Times of India, Campus Verse, Shaktivani, etc. A Blogger at Times of India's speakingtree and having a flair for oil painting. A democratic, liberal and humanist to the core.

Last updated July 16, 2016