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Dictates of Reason-Know the Rules

Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about nature and different aspects of life in the form of poetic verses.

Dictates of Reason

Dictates of Reason

This poem is in response to the challenge issued by John Hansen in the article - How to Construct a Poem Using One Sentence as a Prompt.

John Hansen is a talented, versatile poet and writer. His poems are creatively unique and a treat to read. I am always amazed by the way he uses rhymes in his poems.

The dictates of reason take a long time to assert their own sway” – this line is taken from the story “The Postmaster” by Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) was a great poet, philosopher, social reformer, and dramatist from Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

This poem is about rules and regulations. Rules and regulations are written, the law laid down. Some make sense, some don't. Some fair some not so. Still, rules are to be followed, the law enforced.

Dictates of Reason-Know the Rules

The reasons did not seem to matter

Dictates of inscribed rules

Of the way, things should and shouldn't be

Reasons meaningless lost in regulations

Take your time to read and maybe understand

A long-winded sentence parsed with grammatical precision

Long gone, are the supposed days of freedom

Time and again, the same story repeating itself

To find the underlying meaning, cleverly hidden

Assert your right, easily said than done

Their sentences twisted, making no sense

Own my own, soul lost in its treachery

Swayed, dizzy, the letters danced with no meaning


© 2021 Nithya Venkat

Comments

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 16, 2021:

Thank you Devika.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 16, 2021:

Vellur you have created a poem that i stands out to the challenge.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 15, 2021:

Thank you for your visit and comments Mary. To be safe is better than being sorry.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2021:

This has quite a significance with people not following the COVID recommended things to do. In a situation such as this, I err on the side of caution.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 14, 2021:

Thank you Peggy. Sometimes they are questionable indeed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2021:

Sometimes it is questionable why some rules and regulations were put into place. I enjoyed reading your poetic interpretation about knowing the rules.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 14, 2021:

Thank you FlourishAnyway for your visit and comments. I agree we do get totally wrapped up in rules and regulations.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 14, 2021:

Thank you Liz for your visit and comments. Sometimes the rules and regulations can be difficult to fathom.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 14, 2021:

Thank you Devika, you are kind and generous with your comments.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 14, 2021:

Thank you for your visit and appreciation Chitrangada.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 14, 2021:

Thank you manatita44 for your visit and comments. Yes, I agree the highlight will make the poem more meaningful.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 14, 2021:

Thank you Bill for your appreciation. You made my day!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 14, 2021:

I have always enjoyed your poetry, my friend, and this is no exception. Very well done!

manatita44 from london on March 14, 2021:

Nithya, I love your work and I love Tagore. A great and good human. Highlight each word in each line, as the others do. It will be even more meaningful. The sentence itself is a very reflective piece. Hari Om Tat Sat!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 14, 2021:

A wonderful response to John’s challenge.

I liked the sentence, chosen by you for this poem. Each line of your poem is thoughtful, and meaningful. Great tribute to the revered Rabindranath Tagore.

This was excellent. Thank you for sharing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 14, 2021:

Vellur you are a talented writer and taking on this challenge shows your true writing from the heart.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 14, 2021:

This is a well-worked and well-written poem. It highlights how much of our lives are controlled by rules and regulations and how much the reasons for them can be obscured by complexity.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 14, 2021:

We do get wrapped up in rules and regs. I liked your poem and the meaning behind it. Thought-provoking.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 13, 2021:

Thank you, John. I enjoyed participating in the challenge.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2021:

Nithya, this is a wonderful response to my challenge. You chose a worthy sentence by Rabindranath Tagore and the poem is excellent.

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