A New-born child cries.
Tightly shut eyes
Refusing to see the light;
The light that welcomes it
From the darkness of the mother’s womb.

Perhaps it is scared-
Secured that it was
In the mother’s womb.
Floating merrily inside a sac
Fed and protected?

Perhaps it is sheer delight-
The sudden brightness of light.
The beauty of the world around
Captivates its first sight?

Night follows day.
Our wise men have said
Souls are born and re-born;
Going through a cycle,
As long as the cleansing of the soul
Remains to be done.

Perhaps the child cries in frustration-
Another soul, which realises
That it’s journey is not yet done;
It must go through
the cycle of birth and death
once again.
The time
for night to merge with day,
For the soul to be encompassed,
In the all-pervading Halo
Of the Universal Creator
Has not yet come.

Copyright @ Goutam Dutta

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt “Night meets Day” August 17, 2020

Author: gdutta17

Born in the year 1968, my childhood was spent amidst the beautiful scenic landscape of a small town in India, Ranchi. Though an engineer by qualification, reading, writing and cooking are my passions. Another thing that I am passionate about is my country, India. As they say, a lifetime is probably not enough to explore the whole of India. Currently based in Kolkata, I can be reached at

20 thoughts on “Cyclicity”

    1. Thank you. So happy to know that this has interested you. Have always had this thought in my mind as to what makes the new-born child cry? We probably know the science behind it but if one looked at it from the angle that I have presented in my poem, isn’t it food for thought? 😊🙏

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      1. Well said….it is intuition that helps survival. So why not answers to complex questions? After all, who knows what is the real truth…the repository of knowledge with science is also limited and certainly not exhaustive; the current pandemic has proved that in my opinion.
        Good Morning. 🙂

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    1. 😀 Thanks so much. So happy to know that you enjoyed it. According to the scriptures, every person you meet iin the present life s a soul with whom you have had some interaction in your past lives. So the number of your births would be at least equal to the number of friends/acquaintances you have in this life. It could be more. For you to figure it out now. 😀


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