Random Thoughts -a free verse
What is `present’?
With engulfing past as prefix
And unpredictable future as suffix
Sandwiched between the known and the unknown
Three mutually exclusive cases
Come to my mind.
With present as an interregnum
Between a recent past and immediate future
Carpe-diem follows as a corollary
Enjoy to the fullest
As there is no morrow
In contrast, the present
As a long line segment on the number line
Suffices to formulate and plan
Learning from failures to attain success,
Where remote past will not disturb
Nor the distant future enthrall.
The third way of looking at present,
`The future starts today,
Not tomorrow’ as Pope had said.
Meant probably for only workaholics,
For me, future is a distant past
Living on bonus, dodging thrice
The jaws of death, statistically1
Cherish and coddle your memory
Ought to be future birthday wishes
In cricketing parlance,
I’m in the eighteenth over in a T20 match
Facing Y(B)umraj(hh) at the death- over
Slogging and chasing an indefinable target,
The risk of being `yorked’
Or caught at the boundary
1.` The old and the asymptote’, Salil Sanyal, 9Aug 2016, Word Press. com; Situation analysis of the elderly discloses that at 60 years, a person has 18 more years and at 70 years, 12 more years to be expected to live based on age-specific death rates. So, for a person who is 82 years or more, he has knocked at Death’s door thrice and there is sufficient reason for Death’s rage.