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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.

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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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krina

2 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.

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