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Beware of “Why are you…?”

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A recent incident observed has reminded me of my quite an old write, posted for sharing this fun)

Beware of “Why are you…?”

“Why are you looking at me?”
A question looking very simple,
Is not at all that simple.

It can mean
“I don’t like your looking at me.”
It can also mean
“I like your looking at me,
for it flatters me.”

It can mean
“Are you having any designs on me?”
It can also mean,
“I don’t like your having any designs on me”.

It can mean a question
“What is it that you want from me?”
It can mean
“What the hell you dare want from me?”

So on and on and on,
anything you can coin,
but option always with the one,
who asked the question.

And all along, it may be
that you have looked at her unknowingly,
or you may have looked at her
without even thinking you were looking,
Or possibly you were not at all looking.

It can be a trap to trap you into nonsense.
So what should be your response to the question?

You can well decide on your own,
and I would not mind;
but if you ask me,
No response in such a situation
is the best response

Presume you did not hear,
and move away from there.
And don’t worry, this is fair.

You may be tempted to respond
“Why are you asking?”
But then you will get trapped
in to arguing,
what they may indeed be wanting…

Not only the question,
“Why are you looking at me”, a trap
any question
“Why are you (Anything)…? too is a trap.
Like “Why are you showing off?”
And the problem is independent of
Whether the questioner is a man or woman

This is experience speaking,
having undergone avoidable suffering,
Replying such questions unknowing
before finally coming to this understanding…..!

By the way,
“Why are you now…thinking…?”

” Vishvnand “

10 Comments

  1. rajivsrivastava says:

    Just thinking — what to rate this poem? I think 5 star would be just fine .–very nice and entertaning

    • Vishvnand says:

      @rajivsrivastava
      Thanks for the comment and also for overrating the post.
      I am delighted for the most common question that I confront is …
      ” Why are you…wasting your time?” And I refuse to answer, or get annoyed or give any explanation which can give the VIP questioner scope to argue. 🙂
      But the fact is I enjoy wasting my time like this…..

  2. ashwini kumar goswami says:

    This verse ushers me to focus your being as good a philosopher as is
    a Professor & Head of the Department of Philosophy, undeniably entitled to 5 stars more. By the way, please expurgate the word ‘can’
    after the word ‘dare’ in the 4th stanza to make it alright.

  3. ashwini kumar goswami says:

    This poem ushers me to adjudge you as good a philosopher as should be a Professor & Head of the Dept. of Philosophy, undeniably entitled
    to 5 stars more. By the way, please don’t mind expurgating ‘can’ after
    ‘dare’ in the 4th stanza to make it alright.

  4. good one poem sir ji – congrats

  5. renu kakkar says:

    nice poem

  6. Gion Gion says:

    Vishvnand,
    in the society of the unsociable. Yes, a cool head and tight lips are needed,,,,except….
    Q: “What are you looking at?!”
    A: “Nothing much!!”
    Gion

    • Vishvnand says:

      @Gion Gion
      Thanks for your comment.& the statement.
      The problem is the question is not ” What are you….?” The disturbing/argumentative question is always ” Why are you….?” and there is hell of a difference between the two. 🙂

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