The Accusations and the Lie by Prabha

The accusation and the lie by Prabha

 

The accusation and the lie

 

A jolt within my nervous system

It’s been a long time since that had happened

Pay attention it screamed in the middle of this wonderful bliss

Please take note.

Is this true, is this really me?

Do I portray myself in my writing to be above others?

Have I used my creative streak to inflate my ego

and let out my hidden narcissism to run amok?

I shrink back

That was never my intention, only to share and express

Oh, this is a mess!

The damage seemed to be done.

Then, the backtracking,

‘It might well just be my perception, but I’ve recognised it a few times in your writing.’

Survival instinct kicks in,

Best to admit to it and repent.

Searching deep within and submitting justification for my sin,

‘It was how I learnt to survive.’

It didn’t ring true,

The accusation nor the lie.

I didn’t need to wonder why, this familiar game from childhood of

Plant the seed of doubt.

 

© P Bathina 022019

 


Poetics describes a whole range of engagements with life that are storied, reflective and filled with imagination and inspiration, as opposed to analysis in the strict sense. When science rules, the magic fades. When thinking ascends the throne, the soul may atrophy. Yet poetics is not irrational – it is a take which reaches into a different aspect of our humanity – one where we can celebrate that which moves us, not dwell on what limits us. Expect surprises. One or many may lead. None or a few may follow and then decide to take the lead. This is a fluidity to break the mould of rigidity. Join us on this journey. Let us hold hands boldly and join voices transformatively. Prabha will be leading us. Feel free to join us.

 

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