Was it Better?

Was it better when
we exalted wind and earth
and sea and sky
and bowed to them as gods,
was it better when
we hadn’t stripped
tempests of their arrogance,
penumbras of their veil,
the eccentric moon of her moods,
when the only dreams we had
came from birds and stars
and there were no words,
so from a single smile
we could make up a million stories,
everything we needed
we found in clouds shaped as deer
and deer that broke the
mist on the morning hills,
now I feel you shift in your sleep
a shiver curling into the space
between us,
the rain drifting down
my window pane gives me
a curious glance,
and I wonder what it might
have felt like
to never look for shelter. 

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57 thoughts on “Was it Better?

  1. For all the ‘advance’ humanity has made over the centuries for each step taken forward we have lost something precious and embraced something ugly. Yes, it may well have been better then but we must just take what we have got.

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  2. Better?…good question. Certainly imagination and instinctual insight have become a rarity. We have lost a dimension .The few who retain it would be well advised to keep it to themselves.

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  3. Such a true poem – was it better when….. I just know that things get worse and also better with the passing of times. I love the wistful questions in your poems. Somethings may have been better back then, but somethings are better today. Good questions that makes one think.

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  4. Wonderful, Rajani! I particularly love the lines:
    ‘was it better when
    we hadn’t stripped
    tempests of their arrogance,
    penumbras of their veil,
    the eccentric moon of her moods’
    and
    ‘now I feel you shift in your sleep
    a shiver curling into the space
    between us’.

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  5. Very beautiful. As for the answer to your question – I don’t think we can know; we just have to be where we are, and hopefully move forward in good directions.

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  6. kaykuala

    Was it better when
    we exalted wind and earth
    and sea and sky

    Questions and more questions that never fail to stimulate lots of ideas! Great thoughts, Thot!

    Hank

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    1. Thank you… but publishing is the big question isn’t it.. you know how the market for poetry is.. I went to landmark recently and couldn’t even find the poetry section. No publisher wants to touch it.. and self publishing is another big debate… I’ve only now started sending to journals.. maybe that’s a beginning 🙂

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      1. Journals are a wonderful place to begin. Some are on-line like this blog, and some are established in print. A well known poet in town gets published a lot–but has about 50 rejections to each one accepted–so don’t be discouraged. Your poems are unique, so you may be truly welcomed. New thot’s (yes) are rare.

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        1. Thanks for the encouragement Susan. The rejections are challenging of course, I can from that ratio I need to make more submissions and in a more structured way..not the one or two random ones I’m attempting!! But more than journals I think the quest is to be read by people around me and they of course run for the door when they hear the P word!!!!!!!

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          1. I have seen many blog writers showcasing their works on their blogs. From there any reader could directly buy the book with just one click. In fact I’ve recently bought a book from one such blog. Your own blog will be the best place to display your book, I think.

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  7. These questions rise in me, as my atoms and soul journeys with those in exile from their homes because of terror or weather or scarcity. Compassion. And I also long for answers like when gods misbehaved like humans on a plane of their own–or even better, like when
    “from a single smile
    we could make up a million stories,
    everything we needed
    we found in clouds shaped as deer
    and deer that broke the
    mist on the morning hills,” thank you. Poems must be our clouds now.

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  8. I share these wistful wonderings. Mankind has lost its way. But I see the best in humanity arise during times of peril, so all hope is not lost. We have much cleaning up and reparation to make however as we have treated Mother Earth so badly.

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    1. That is optimistic considering a large swathe of the world is in a state of flux…with war and drought and starvation and poverty.. immediate survival may take priority over saving the earth unfortunately. But one has to do one’s share and hope for the best.

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  9. I had a long conversation about faith/religion/science/responsibility, today (okay, it was more of an argument). Either way, I wish I had your poem in hand. I would’ve read it aloud, and answered, “No, it was not better. Not knowing only meant we were more ignorant, we saw less. It would be best to see the horrors, while keeping the beautiful close to our hearts, and work in making things better.”

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  10. Learning to respect the past and how much it has to teach us about where we are in the present is a life-long lesson. I love your imagery and the emotionally packed ending. So real, and so true.

    Elizabeth

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