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A Delicate Question (Poem)

A Delicate Question (Poem)

I’m sitting on a piece of pre-history
this red rock is millions of years old

I rub its red crust between my fingers
trying to feel the sands of another time

I feel nothing. The dust is just dust… red and dead.

I get up to go
a tiny thorn pulls me back

I bend to discover a little wildflower
laughing under the rock…
like a bright blue sun.
Delicate, alive, defiant, young…

In that moment, Life asks me
what would you rather be?

the strong silent rock
unmoved by pain, undestroyed by death
or the tender wildflower
greeting each fleeting day
with life in every breath…

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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6:31AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Beautiful

6:31PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

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5:46PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Oh, what a beautiful poem. Thank you.

5:22PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thanks.

8:52AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

But the rock is not dead. It has a story to tell for those who will make the effort to listen.

1:43PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

very nice

11:58PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

The metaphors are lovely..thanks

4:17PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

thanks

2:32PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Delightful!

2:03PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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