Look without


Introspection is like playing
the same song on repeat,
after a while, it grows stale,
but you keep at it, hoping for an
epiphany or cry of triumph,
the old sage will say, “Look within to
find the light,”
and the new age prophet will say,
“You must approach a thought from
various hallways: some brightly lit and romantic;
others dim and prosaic to reach purgation.”
But life has taught me that there is no
brightness inside; just chaos, unbridled lust
and crippling impulse,
beauty lies outside the dwindling antechamber
of thought,
look at the Grandala wearing magisterial blue,
or the Wisteria like a purple waterfall,
or the Iris that Van Gogh immortalized
and you’ll find a desire to live,
but ruminate, and you’ll grow numb with each
colder level of reasoning,
recollect, and you’ll die more with each
wistful dream of youth,
but then again, nature’s never perfect,
even a golden sky overlooking a verdant valley
is only creation fractured after the fall,
begging to be restored.

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2020)

Photo by Mark Harpur on Unsplash

Nitin is a mad poet who is forever lost in transition. Follow him at There will come soft rains for more of his rambling.

5 Comments Add yours

    1. Nitin says:

      Thank you V! Btw did you get my mail?


      1. Yes I did! But we have been away from home and my phone has been acting up. So frustrating. I’ve been unable to comment and like things on WP too. Anyway, thank you for it.

        Liked by 1 person

  1. Maybe rose-colored lenses are better than my spiderweb-splintered pair, after all…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nitin says:

      As long as they’re not gaudy!

      Liked by 1 person

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