Here Now

Through the cracks in the asphalt, new grass rises—
this city has been silent for too long, disquiet has

settled in its bones. The scab of history was scratched
open by asymmetric tears but how can it be war when

one side always wins? When the falsehood of few
becomes the truth of many? The skill of perception, the

eye peering through the prism doesn’t see the other
looking back at it. A battle with no front line, no

rhythm, no rules — in human versus human, faith
cannot be the arbiter. Consider the evidence, death

needs a path to be meaningful, so it can become
the end. Life needs pain to know that it is still alive.

And yet this city is numb, an uncertain mist shrouds
every exit. Here, now, why are the odds still skewed?

24 thoughts on “Here Now

  1. “The scab of history was scratched open by asymmetric tears but how can it be war when
    one side always wins?” Very well expressed A powerful poem about a sad truth

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  2. I love the images of new grass rising through cracks in the asphalt, Rajani, and the ‘scab of history [was] scratched / open by asymmetric tears’. How true that ‘in human versus human, faith cannot be the arbiter’. These are painful times – we are still alive.

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    1. Very painful… all the old divides are back and in greater strength… it’s quite horrible what’s happening around the world that we have to fight a pandemic and hate at the same time.

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  3. The city may be numb, but so are individuals. The pandemic has shrouded us all with the mist of uncertainty: Is anyplace safe anymore?

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  4. “Life needs pain to know that it is still alive. And yet this city is numb, an uncertain mist shrouds
    every exit.” This is incredibly raw and poignant. We are on the same wavelength today, Rajani! 💝

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