Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Deafening tranquility

Hush.

Do not speak to me in this lone moment of observation of deafening tranquility. It has been a long journey for me to reach this point. This point that will come and go, and not be noticed by anyone but me.

For this is the moment when everything is still. For an instant. And in this instant the decision that changes the world is taken. Because it could have gone another way. On another path. A path that we can only think and speculate about but will never get to see. What is done is done.



I am right here. Like I have been. Observing this din merge into harmony. Of everything seeming that it was supposed to be exactly this way. When it was not. It was not.

In another world, in another parallel universe this moment went the other way. On another path. On the path that we can only think and speculate about and will never get to see. But I can see it now. I can notice this point in time, which no one else can.

I can be in two places at the same time. It is in this moment of stillness that I travel from one universe to the other, to observe the paths fork and diverge into different directions. Into different lands. Into different worlds. I can see both of them at the same time, but only to a point. After which, I must choose. I must choose whether I am going to get carried away by seeing what could have been or float back to what is.

Hush. Let me decide.


79 comments:

Bidi-K said...
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Bidi-K said...

Sorry made too many errors in the previous comment.

I am taking this very literally and just in that vein - Not many moments come like this simply because on many occassions I don't allow myself to think "what if"... its just that these moments get lost somewhere, pushed away by my own mind .... too scared and somewhat rueful at times to even savour such a moment. But when you can find the beauty of it, its priceless.

Anonymous said...

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Aradhita said...

:) *silence and a smile*

Gangadhar said...

Beautiful wording with a very cute pic..Have you taken this pic by yourself? really fantastic one!!

gulnaz said...

the picture is a perfect zen moment and captures the fragile stillness of your words

Prerona said...

did u decide?

what i was wondering is if you have travelled donw the alternate path and seen the alternate worlds, are you still the same person who was standing at the fork, making a decision?

rusty said...

It is a difficult choice......esp if you can visualise the diverging paths and the emerging patterns of the alternates. Sometimes....it is better to not foresee.....to let go the inherent desire to speculate amongst your options.....As it doesnt hurt that much to have not known than it would if you had. But you are your own judge. So good luck !!

Casablanca said...

The simplicity of this one is simply beautiful!
Also reminded me of Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...

jason evans said...

An intriguing take on momentous life decisions. :)

Rohit Talwar said...

reallllly nice! i love it!


did you click the picture?

bluegreenflysplat said...

I wasn't going to say anything. Really. But right now, I can't decide whether you're reading my mind, or whether I'm free associating.

It hurts.

Harshi said...

I couldn't help but take in that beautiful green of the leaf for a few seconds first.

Lovely post about this moment in time...

bert moth said...

Such clarity of the mind while viewing this fork in the road. It must be a special moment to merit such a stellar experience. It would be even more amazing if it was a routine moment, and you saw the beauty in it.

Ash said...

very Buddhist :)

Anonymous Poet said...

What a lucid, stream-of-consciousness profundity! How smoothly you convey your thoughts and emotions!

Especially, I like:

"It has been a long journey for me to reach this point. This point that will come and go, and not be noticed by anyone but me." The intimacy of our own thoughts!

"For an instant. And in this instant the decision that changes the world is taken. Because it could have gone another way. On another path. A path that we can only think and speculate about but will never get to see. What is done is done." Makes me think of Robert Frost's "Two Paths." The profundity of choice.

"Observing this din merge into harmony." What a wonderful way of expressing the confluences that come out of choices.

I like how the last paragraph discusses the dilemmas that come from temporary indecision.

Jay said...

The moment captured in that image itself indicates U chose 'the road not taken'.

;-)

U really want to float back?

chaos said...

to be or not to be? the bigger Q!
having fun with 'sound of silence'...

btw, i not much impressed with this photo of yours... somehow... the other you posted were far brilliant.

transience said...

the background of car lights makes the leaf look so fragile.

livinghigh said...

lol.. how DO u manage dat?! amazing pic.
am too *hushed* for a better response! ;-)

EATING POETRY said...

Wow, there are so many things I can say, but I'll start with: I usually have a problem reading thick text (no paragraphs) but this one carried me all the way through... concluding with the beautiful deafening silence where I let you decide.

That might sound arrogant, but you really carried me away, giving me an active role in your decision making.

ep

Mrudula said...

I like the way you captured a lone leaf. Do you also shoot black and white photographs?

Brood Mode said...

i wish every moment could be so full

Dan Husain said...

Why did you stop? The decision is yet not taken! I wish more! :-)

Reminds me of the prose poetry tradition. Enchanting piece! :-)

Cheers

D

Anonymous said...

Hush. Let me decide...

Nice...

(The previous post? Naughty! And soooo nice! I loved it!)

Geetanjali

Sushmit said...

poet...photographer...philosopher...what are you???

aquamarine said...

Is destiny a matter of choice or chance?????

Btw, your photographs are sumthin!

AquaM

Dreamy Eyed Gal said...

wow...the pic is so beautiful and wot makes it so very perfect is the way u link that pic with ur words...its absolutely amazing!!!...a single priceless moment...when life seems to coem to a standstill...where everything suddenly becomes crystal clear...when u know the options so very clearly...and u want to hold on to thia moment...ths moment that no one else can understand coz they dont feel it...they dont see it...beautiful work!!!

AmitKen said...

i've experienced that defining moment.. very well put :o)

Cecilia said...

We always hope that we will take the right path. But coming to a decision to face these alternate worlds is always the toughest.

Moving poetry.

Anamika said...

Choice is entirely ours...every now and then life springs up such moments.Let us know your decision..:)

silvermoon said...

Interesting philosphical writing. Very strong and decisive. Your title rang a bell within me. I have written of "silence screaming" but in a different manner than here. This is an eye-opener.

Ram said...

thats pretty deep. that you are able to see through and write so much around a seemingly simple pic is what i found appealing.

Φ said...

brilliant piece..

mermaid said...

I hear it.

Blue Athena said...

At least the awareness exists
of the options, paths around
that's the least one can say today
when confusion compounds abound...

:)

PS: I so like the clarity in your thought process.

madhavan said...

Cool
Very cool

Extempore said...

I thought the shot was beautiful when I first saw it on Flickr but these words - they've given it a new dimension of meaning.

I like... very much. :-)

:..M..: said...

You're doing a good job at exploring different styles and creating new ones. Liked the picture, esp.

www.gypsynan.blogspot.com said...

Silly question. Do you take the pictures yourself.

the Monk said...

great pic...and superb writing..

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I've been essaying and I've missed so much, this made me hold my breath but for shear colour and pajentry I love the last post the immages between the verses remind me of how the mind flits
a wonderful poem

Pincushion said...

And once again the philosopher has spoken...
Thank you
:)

Phoenix said...

shhhhhhhhhhh,...
even the noise of comments on this page is destroying the peace that this post exudes!!

anu said...

Nice

stella said...

You are true magician especially when it comes to words. Beautiful.

shyloh said...

Oh this is just awesome. I feel a lot of me in this.

And the pic is fantastic.
Keep penning just wonderful.

yvaine said...

Have you heard the answer yet?

rusty said...

Hibernating ?

Anne said...

I always feel a little bit of hope through the sadness in your writing.
:)

aristera says said...

is there a parallel universe out there?

J said...

i've been looking at this post of yours for the last 3 days... not really reading it. Read it now. And i wonder y i did what i did.

Any clue?

Pundarikaksha Purakayastha said...

I had virtually committed blogicide, stopped writing my old blog (jemfinch) and stopped checking other blogs as well. But yesterday, I got back to doing this again and yours was among the first few blogs I looked at, and it is as good as ever. I am scared I will ruin things by making a comment about your post.

the woman said...

Amazingly wonderful.

Beautiful entries.

Good selection of pictures.

You're admired.

second_wind said...

Very cool pic

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed it is nothing but a moving poetry

I wonder if you had forgot about my e-mail

Im waiting for your reply

Best wishes
www.iamnasra.blogspot.com

feminine expressions said...

dear august english...

in my first reading some time ago i did not respond but instead was hushed, quiet in your philosophy. sometimes there are no words to do justice to places we hold, and this is just such a place.

and yet in my continued reading i have chosen that you should know at least that you put me into this place, even if there are no words to express its depth.

well said, my friend, well said. please continue the beautiful path you lead...

Gangadhar said...

Hey..i was here..just dropped in to for the new one....
How are you?

take care

Rashmi Kayala said...

A Beautiful write up! I have to say, you do have the mind of a thinker and a hand of a writer. Keep up the good work.

Rashmi Kayala said...

qhA Beautiful write up! I have to say, you do have the mind of a thinker and a hand of a writer. Keep up the good work.

Gypsy Girl said...

Never go back, always move forward.

Shubhodeep said...

the photograph hushed me alright. how did yiu do it. it's too good to be true.

finnegan said...

Once again you've woven polar spaces of convergence and divergence. It would be intriguing to find out whether or not there was a youthful event which triggered your tendency (I've also got a bi-polar fixation when it comes to imagery, but haven't yet located the defining moment, if in fact there is one).

Demi Goddezz said...

that was awesome...:)

Bidi-K said...

No post or replies for a while, just hope everything is alright :) take care.

Anne said...

.:a:. - how does it feel to have all these people say such amazing things about the words that come from within?
Poetry could be such a private thing, to share it in this public way is so brave. To have your feelings validated muct be fantastic.
I can never say what I really think about your writing, my words never really touch how I feel about it.

Free Spirit said...

"This point that will come and go, and not be noticed by anyone but me."

Never before have I seen anyone write my exact thoughts at the time I was thinking it.

To say that this piece is amazing would be a redundancy, as I can see everyone already prasing this better than I can.

Ariel said...

Nicely done. Strangely enough, this post makes me think about what it must be like to actually possess "middle knowledge" or comprehend the realities that hang on the hinge of a choice. As Gandalf says in the LOTR, "Not even the wise see all ends." Only God does that.

>|' ; '| said...

multiple universes or flights of fantasy in the realm of dreams?

Rohit Talwar said...

WHY AREN'T YOU UPDATING?

jedi said...

Too many choices! You are making it too difficult for yourself..

Anonymous Poet said...

I have been hushed for quite a while, now. Do I get to read more poetry soon . . . ?

: )

Dan Husain said...

Arrey Bhai! Kuch aur bhi likhiye! Kab tak intezaar karenge hum aapke alfaaz ka? :-)

Cheers

Abhishek said...

shall i say something???
"I AM CONFUSED ABT WHAT UR TRYING TO SAY"
just jokin ...
really, facts to ponder upon.

stan laurel said...

I have never heard such a description of silence and peace. I am envious i did not think of defening tranquility first. well done!!

second_wind said...

was the "hush" meant for the writer of this blog too ??

Japna said...

"HUSH"

That's how it started....
.......and "HUSH"........
That's how it ended....

"Hushed"...i'm at loss for words

AmitKen said...

oh! it's not just me who has been away from blogging, you too seem to be busy elsewhere :)

btw i've switched from my old blog 'amitken.blogspot.com' to a new blog on wordpress. do visit.

http://amitken.wordpress.com

garnet david said...

Whichever path you choose, let it be the one with scented jasmine and plumeria, may it be filled with the rich scents of cumin and cardamom, may it be washed with the colored water of Holi, may it seep into your history and the history of the world as the pomegranate seed melts onto your tongue with deafening tranquility.