Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Requiem for the Vertical Man

To be dead is to escape accountability; no more squinting into fold-out maps to make a living, in apprehension and fear, for the errors and failings don't cling to you the way they did back home.

Good old days with life giving order to the unshaped and the un-orderly, creating constellation within and around its many followers, with the entire mechanism of the host geared to accommodate the travelers adrift across continents and languages, floaters wrapped in the dull overbearing gaze of a sound thought.

A case of freedom boiling down to a pattern, a level and a norm; when to reach out to the man next to you, the buddy floater, was to violate the rules of the constellation within and without; and would he ever get to hear you, and in which language?

That is the mathematics of individuality wearing itself out, burning down to sheer multiplication of seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades; each withholding a broader freedom within a nutshell.

Take a picture along now if you will; bring it down with you if it serves anything at all. Make it vertical, clad in fabrics making waves, now mere ripples silhouetted in memory.

This post was originally published at 6S, the writer's community site.


  1. Superb. Especially the second paragraph which really commends itself to me. I may look at it from time to time to keep my thinking on course!

  2. After a long time finally I read something worth reading on this blog, thanks !Is this is a very site now so that everyone can write here whatever comes to there mind like Free Association game?

  3. @Dave King: Thank you so much Dave. You just made my day ...

    @Sharmeela: Thanks Sharmeela. And well, if by "Is this is a very site" you are referring to this blog, then this happens to be more of a guest post thingy rather than a free association for public in general.
    As for 6S, it is a writer's community site on ning open to all and sundry...

  4. @A & tarifMian: Thank you so much for taking time out to read and for your kind comment.

  5. and we are all accountable to each other