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Questions I ponder — Blog chatter Blog Hop

I generally write but somehow I just wanted to pen some poetry. And so, here it goes. A poem where I ask questions to a historical figure and having a conversation that will not let me leave in peace. So, here I present you, Questions I ponder.

Caesar. Einstein. Alexander.

Newton. Curie. Wilde.

Woolf. Dickens. Kennedy.

My brain wandered from

tragedy to tragedy

trying to pick someone

some “known” people

who somehow changed the world.

Buddha. Tesla. Twain.

But the chit from the

mad hatter’s hat, picked a name.

And sent chills down my frame.

Adolf Hitler.

Somehow all I could see was

red around me.

I do it all the times –

imagine sitting with people

from history and getting their views, their thoughts.

But today was different.

He was sitting there.

But I wasn’t.

I was staring at the images

moving all around us.

People being killed, stabbed or maimed.

“Does it bother you?” I dare to ask.

He raised his eyes and looked around.

“Should it?”

“People generally do.”

He was still looking around

when I asked the one question

that was screaming to shout.

“Was all this worth it?”

He stopped looking around and

just looked at me.

“I don’t know,” he finally said.

The words didn’t make sense…

they didn’t come from the
Nazi leader – Adolf Hitler.

Somehow they sounded much

like the little kid who wanted to paint again.

He looked at my puzzled face and asked,

“What were you expecting?”

“Certainly not uncertainty.”

The images kept on moving around us,

the silence being too loud.

“Why did you do what you did?”

“Because that was the only road I knew.”

“Did you ever want to stop?”

“My roads have one way ticket,

they are often filled with thorns, hunger and welts –

but that’s all I knew.”

“Do you wish you had stopped?”

“Wishing gets you no where.

I’d wish for my mother to be here-

but she is long gone.

I’d wish for peace but-

they look different to both of us.

I just wanted what I wanted.

It just happened with some killings on the way.”

“Would you do it again?” I ask

hopping to find two personalities like

Dr. Jekyll and Hyde.

He looked around,

the images still creating the movie around us.

He didn’t turn back to me.

He didn’t answer in words.

But he answered in every language he knew.


I think it took me an hour to figure out the historical figure I wanted to write about i.e. all throughout the celebration I was attending and around 10 minutes to actually sit and bleed words. While I generally prefer prose, I am quite happy with this slam poetry style, piece I wrote. So grateful for this.!

Blog Chatter Blog Hop details can be found here.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Bohemian Bibliophile.

(A Little about the Blogaberry Dazzle. This is hosted to help with consistency in blog posting. While I wanted to write a blog. My schedule didn’t allow me to write this week. Hoping to write for the following week.)

The winning entry for the previous prompt can be found here.

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34 thoughts on “Questions I ponder — Blog chatter Blog Hop

  1. A very thought-provoking writing Krina. I’m still thinking about that last line. A unique way to write on a prompt.

  2. It’s thought provoking and beautifully crafted. I like how you chose a negative figure from the past and offered them a chance to redeem themselves but human nature is just so complex. Brilliantly done!

  3. So Krina I too participated in this prompt of Blogchatter but I must say even In mu wildest dream I cant think of talking to a historical character just the way you did in a poetic form. Its just mind boggling and I salute the creative soul in you. God Bless you dear.

  4. What a creative bent of mind you have. I am sad at poetry, so I admire anyone who writes poems. Also, this seems like deja vu, quite recently I was listening to the podcast about Hitler on BBC Radio. You have captured that well.

  5. I must confess I did not see it coming – Adolf Hitler! That was very creative. How he replied made sense to me and also reminded me to read his “Mein Kampf” which has been lying on my Kindle for years now.

  6. Historical Events – No one can think in this way. Unique writing about the topic and your feelings. I am still thinking how can you write so beautifully on Adlof Hitler. Just awesome.

  7. The way you engage in a conversation with Adolf Hitler, exploring his motivations and inner conflicts, is both haunting and enlightening. Thank you for sharing this deeply reflective and impactful poem.

  8. Wow, your writing is truly thought-provoking. You’ve approached the prompt in a unique and captivating manner, sparking introspection and curiosity. It’s impressive how you look at things from a new angle and make the discussion deeper. Keep it up!

  9. Loved your take. When I think, I too have many questions from historical figures be it jawaharlal Nehru or Aurangzeb, why they had done what they did…. you kept me thinking.

  10. Oh, my!
    A very unique and thought-provoking take on the prompt, I must day. I especially loved the ending where there are no words and yet we know what the response is. Great work, Krina

    P.S: You might like my take on the same prompt. Mr. Hitler makes an appearance in mine too. And also, it is a poem as well.

  11. Wow, your poem is a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of history, morality, and the human psyche. It’s a testament to the power of poetry to engage with complex and challenging subjects in a way that is both evocative and profound. Well done!

  12. Oh what a lovely day poem. I wouldn’t have known what to ask Adolf Hitler, but I’m sure that if we’ve asked most of them now about their actions in past, they wouldn’t have had a choice

  13. A unique and fun poem asking some pertinent questions on the prompt. I wonder sometimes, what if all the people you mentioned hadn’t done/discovered what they had, would we be still living as we are???

  14. oh man! so interestingly done! This is completely believable, and to know that this is your imagination and creation! superb! really, i think you may have written his personality done pretty accurately – i can see how this would be an actual conversation!

  15. Your questions were apt, His answers were blunt, exactly how it would have been if you had ever got a chance to meet him and question him. The poem written is a perfect way of expressing your thoughts and feelings in the form of conversation.

  16. Whether u call it random or slap poetry or whatever… I loved it! it’s unique and thought provoking. Like you, I too have my set of questions for prominent people of the past, but I don’t think I am as creative as you… I really liked the idea of how uv asked yours.

    So is it safe to say ‘keep them coming’ krina? since u said u prefer prose?????

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