(If geometry is the science of
space spread on a two dimensional surface)
They tell me
even a spot in space does not mean anything
all by itself; things have relative meaning
like the curvature of the earth
against the vastness of space
the flight of a wayward comet
the tilt of the sun’s centre
the bend in the mighty river
as it drops over the high cliffs;
all things and lives are relative.
And so is love, truth and pain
simple enough under such plain
logic of geometry—relative to the surface
of a small planet ; like water
shimmering in the desert distance,
flat and plain, blue and green;
like the first rain drop as it is formed
finding its spinning way downward.
I share my knowledge of things
with people who deal in relative truths.
And I am happy with this geometry
of the self spread on a flat surface,—
except for an occasional crush or crumble.
Then I simply drop my geometry
and play politics like men in power.
S. MURALI. Teaches in the Department of English, Univerisity Coillege, Thiruvanathapuram. His Ph.D is on Sri Aurobindo. The author of The Mantra of Vision: An Overview of Sri Aurobindo’s Poetry and a collection of essays on society, culture and life. S. Murali is a noted painter and his works have gone on display at several exhibitions ion India and abroad.