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The Animalistic Life of Humans

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Ravi Shankar Rajan is a software program director who writes on varied subjects from history, archaeology to leadership and poetry.

Man as an Animal

Man as an Animal

The Background

When our inspiring hubber Brenda Arledge released the word prompt "life" for this week, my mind ran amok with multiple possibilities. After all, life is complex, life is unique and life just cannot be replicated.

And one of the possibilities that I finally zeroed upon was the animalistic nature of humans. Yes, humans have an animalistic nature that emerges at times. And this nature can be both good and bad depending on the situation. And these animalistic tendencies manifest within our lives at regular intervals making us either benign or malicious as the case might be.

This poem is a collection of Pleiades that compares various facets of human behavior with the common characteristics that we associate with various animals that we come across every day.

A pleiade is a structured poetry form in which only one word is allowed in the title followed by single seven-line stanzas. The first word of each line begins with the same letter as the title.


Tigers

The men who become
“Tigers” in strip-tease lounges,
Throwing their opulence around,
Take great pyrrhic efforts,
To mask their sorrowful lives,
Their unending worries and
Their rapidly diminishing wallets.

Hyena

His pompous larger-than-life buffoonery,
Has captivated the outside world,
Hypnotized the hapless media,
Harried presidents to invite him,
Honor him with prestigious awards as
His countrymen fight with dogs,
Hanging on to every morsel of bread.

Lion

Less in patience but big in stature, the
Lion hearted general brags his exploits in a
Little known pub in southern Wales.
Linking himself to the greatest lives in history,
Lifting verses from the holy crusades,
Locking lips with a fascinated redhead, while a
Lethargic army tribunal hunts deserters.

Chameleon

Cute yet bewitching she stirred,
Carnal passions in horny goats,
Controlling their bewitched lives,
Creating paper tigers out of them,
Capturing their souls as they
Craved for more, little realizing that the
Crafty seductress was a man in drag.

Ant

Accolades from a bygone era haunted him,
Awards lay littered around his wrecked body,
Ancient arc lights mocked him, reminding him of
An era of stupendous success and unconquered glory.
A suffocating nausea engulfed his ebbing life,
As he died unknown, squashed like
An ant within the pages of faded history.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

Thanks Peggy for your kind comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2021:

Your prose is very thought-provoking. Most animals do what they do for survival purposes. Humans, on the other hand, have choices. Some people devote their lives to helping others, and some people merely think only of themselves. Comparing the latter type of person to animals denigrates the animals.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

The Animalistic Life of Humans

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for your comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 22, 2021:

Ravi,

This is certainly a different take on life, but it is true that humans have animalistic tendencies at times.

Your Pleiades poetry is quite good.

It's always great to see someone challenge himself to a new style or form.

Your 5 poems have made me smile. Each one depicting the animal nature with a funny, yet relatable twist.

I usually say he's as angry as a bear or she's buzzing like a hornet.

Great style and write.

I will put a link in the word prompt article.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

The Animalistic Life of Humans

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

Thanks Lorna for your kind comments

Lorna Lamon on April 22, 2021:

An excellent response to the challenge Ravi and true to life. Ironically, when humans act in cruel ways they are seen as being animalistic, however, the only animal that displays cruelty is in fact humanity. Though provoking poems which I enjoyed.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

Thanks Devika for your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 22, 2021:

ravirajan01 An interesting approach to this challenge. Nicely written and so true about such behaviors.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

Thanks John for your comments

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2021:

You did a great job with these poems in response to Brenda’s challenge, Ravi. Yes man does have animalistic tendencies and you described themperfectly.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

Thanks Misbah for your comments.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 22, 2021:

Thanks Urwa for your kind comments.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 22, 2021:

What an amazing response to Brenda's challenge. Yes, you are right. Humans do have animalistic nature, both good, and bad. Though most of the time these animalistic behaviors are used for survival purposes

Thanks for sharing

Blessings

Iqra from East County on April 22, 2021:

Man is a social animal. This line impressed me that less in patient but big in stature. Thaks for sharing this beautiful poem Ravish. Stay blessed

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