Life is a maze

From dawn to dusk, I stand at the same place. The day went away, and I am hearing the last Azaan. I remember nothing of the last 12 hours. As if I had a sight, but no perception. I heard several words, but listened none. Like a corpse buried deep into a piece of earth, I feel silence intruding my soul. Not the silence which has satisfaction embedded in it. But the silence which supressed screams of pain.

"Life is not a two way cave to choose from, life is a maze."

“Life is not a two way cave to choose from, life is a maze.”

The colourful lights I had put in my room, which were my constant source of joyfulness are destroyed by this silence. As if the wires were tied tightly around my body to crush my bones, and the sound of breaking was music. The lights were blinking and changing colours, all the paintings started moving. The photographs erased me from them. And finally, the roof fell over me. So silence, destroyed it all.

While all this was happening, I was letting myself to be born again from the womb of nothingness. This new born, was searching for something. Something which could make him stable. As for me, I remember, this something used to be anything. A new mortal body with a plain mind and no memories, could generate none of the emotions. For it was a child silence bore. But silence too could only be the parent of his flesh, while his spirit was the soul he shared with me.

It was his will to be an object which moves for productivity. But it was his destiny to be a human who works for prosperity. He took a piece of an earth to call it home, but what he built was a house. He earned to fulfill his desires, but wealth nurtured greed. He educated himself of all materialism to reach his dreams, but after constant trials he ended up at the same place. He realised that life is not a two way cave to choose from. Life is a maze.

-Shantam Sahai


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