The Claustrophobic Turtle

by Mihir Deshmukh   Jul 5, 2016


It flows on the edge of the world,
a pristine white stream of water.
Changing colour at every bend,
it shows you a new world at every turn.
And yet it remains the same,
the simple white stream of water it always was.
Flowing on an isolated edge
just as ignorant of the darkness beneath it,
as the darkness is ignorant of whats above,
while they both manage to hold captive
a scared little girl who carries them around.
It shows her a bright future
when the darkness reflects her shady past,
It gives her a ray of hope
whenever doom,the darkness casts.
And still manages to scare her away,
from the world she carries around.
Neither in darkness, nor in day,
where can this little girl be found?

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This is the story of the two parts of our mind, our ego and alter ego at work. As ignorant of each other as they are, they do not fail to scare us away from the world we carry around i.e the depths our of our own conscience thus forcing us to live in a semi conscious state of mind where neither light nor darkness enters but what prevails is a constant grey sky, holding us captive in our own home so that we have nowhere to run to.

Also the stream can be taken to be a design on the top of a turtle shell, beautiful and pleasant to look at. While the only thing the turtle sees is the bleak underside,which is damp and dark.And thus she is scared of the world she carries for she is unaware of what it actually is.

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  • 1 month ago

    by Mini

    Hats off!

    -Mini

  • 1 month ago

    by Mini

    Hats off!

    -Mini

  • 4 months ago

    by mossgirl19

    This is a great poem! Honestly, you brilliantly made your illustration clear. The white waters and the darkness that lies beneath it, how it captures one, how it confuses one. To me it's so true, how our ego and alter ego fights within, how we sometimes find ourselves unsure of who we truly are. My, this is an amazing write and I'm glad I read this!

    • 4 months ago

      by Mihir Deshmukh

      Thank you so much for all your valuable comments!!

  • 1 year ago

    by Em

    One word: Amazing.

    Em

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