‘no’ is my answer,
for the questions may soon
begin to pour threateningly.

‘here’ is my guess,
though the act of pre-empting
is a showcase of my own fears.

‘live’ is my moment,
and the wonder of discovery
lays no promise of destination.

19 Responses to ““No””

  1. subtle_blues Says:

    and the wonder of discovery

    lays no promise of destination.

    I like that! :)

  2. nadeem_sani Says:

    Very well written. In a very short space, the free verses effectively showcase a poet who is emphatic (NO), is aware of his own self (HERE) and is optimistic about an uncertain future(LIVE).

  3. nikitamehta Says:

    Yes to life, to here!

  4. angiasaa Says:

    And sometimes:

    Though the questions never have and in all likeliness, never will be asked, the answer is still a blanket ‘no’.

    We sometimes choose the wrong path in favour of avoiding a fear that’s ingrown from nothingness, and not actual in the conventional sense. We often prefer to make a mistake knowingly than to make one unknowingly, in the hope of avoiding the greater pain of losing something beautiful that one might have once had, and could possibly have been prolonged for longer. Oft though, we merely serve to slit our wrists and wallow in deep waters. It hurts no end, but we don’t see beyond our own pain. A blind eye, turned to the very one who holds the looking glass.

    Discovery is one thing, I subscribe to intimately. To me though, it’s not the destination that justifies the means. But I understand from observation, that to many others, there’s nothing so unacceptable as the lack of a tangible goal/destination/conclusion.

    It’s always been the same with our minds.. It’s hurtful at times, but always a ‘No’.

  5. manpreet Says:


  6. jasdeep Says:


    ‘ਨਹੀਂ’ਹੈ ਮੇਰਾ ਜਵਾਬ
    ਸਵਾਲ ਜੋ ਜਲਦ ਹੀ
    ਆ ਧਮਕਣ ਗੇ

    ‘ਏਥੇ’ ਹੈ ਮੇਰਾ ਅੰਦਾਜਾ
    ਭਾਂਵੇ ਪੁਰਵੀ-ਕਾਰਵਾਈ
    ਆਪਣੇ ਡਰ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਹੈ

    ‘ਜੀਓ’ ਮੇਰਾ ਪਲ ਹੈ
    ਭਾਂਵੇ ਖੋਜ਼ ਦਾ ਅਚਰਜ
    ਮੰਜ਼ਿਲ ਦਾ ਵਾਅਦਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦਾ

    ਨਹੀਂ ?

    “ਭਾਂਵੇ ਖੋਜ਼ ਦਾ ਅਚਰਜ
    ਮੰਜ਼ਿਲ ਦਾ ਵਾਅਦਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦਾ”
    jeeo :)

  7. manpreet Says:

    Re: ਨਹੀਂ

    wow :) you always amaze me!

    i miss nani..i remember showing your poem “nanak” to her, & she was really warmed up to read it :) we spoke of how she should learn to chat and e-mail so that we could keep in touch if i went away..& that she won’t have to depend on ma or g to communicate…

  8. manpreet Says:

    i had little choice naa, yes was taken :P

  9. jasdeep Says:

    Re: ਨਹੀਂ

    Nice !..
    this is the privilege internet have given us to be near ..
    but the essence of old times and interaction with your loved ones can’t be replicated by technology..

  10. manpreet Says:

    sometime you choose not to answer, sometimes you have questions of your own, sometimes you just want to arrest the questioning with a negative, and more – no is not a blanket, black has shades too (if only we explored)..and closing one’s eyes never took the dark away, so it escapes me why :)

    yes, destination drives little..i largely agree with you, with a hint of my own nuance to it (many do that, i would think – and i didn’t at all mean that a tangible lack of destination was unacceptable – i see many around me who have little or none)…which is good too :)

  11. angiasaa Says:

    True.. I can’t begin to speak for anyone but for myself to be honest. And with me, the questions never seem to end. There’s so much I don’t know, and even when others would be satisfied and calm, I’m hungry and dying to know. I never want to arrest the questioning. :) For if that should ever happen, the world would lose most all of what potential meaning it has in my mind.

    _You_ don’t see a blanket no. :) And that, is not bad, but just different from how my mind deludes itself.

    Sometimes, I just wish everything would wrap up and fizzle out in a puff of smoke. I’ve been lugging mental baggage around my entire life, and I’m getting tired. Very..

  12. angiasaa Says:

    P.S.: it’s just a rant. Nothing serious will come of it.

  13. nikitamehta Says:

    No seems to be more taken then yes…

  14. manpreet Says:

    :) godot

  15. manpreet Says:

    thank you..

    you just read me like my favourite teacher used to :)

  16. angiasaa Says:

    What’s that mean?

  17. manpreet Says:

    godot’s a character who doesn’t exist, and then nothing happens.

  18. angiasaa Says:

    Something does. :) There was a whole play about godot, or rather, about the “waiting for godot”.

    For a freak moment, I’d thought you meant to say “Good” and coincidence turned it into “Godot”. I just was’nt sure. :)

  19. manpreet Says:

    yes, the play is actually where the character un-exists :) Beckett thought godot up.

    it’s a fight on the no man’s land between ‘i think, therefore i am’ and ‘existence precedes essence’ – and it’s a thin thin strip

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