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Revolt or Adapt

Anupam, a poet at heart, a passionate learner,& a language trainer is devoted to each and every art. Loves to explore various poetry forms.


The Conflict

Many of us are in conflict

Whether to revolt or adapt

Whether to shout or be quiet

Whether to fight or accept

Whether to attack or get shot.

What should a child do

Who gets the shelter, food,

and the other basic needs

Devoid of love and respect,

Shall he run away from there

In the identity's quest,

Or stay there as a deadbeat?

A man who resides in a palace

With each of his requirements

Fulfilling all his material demands,

Except for his inner contentment,

Shall he wait to have his last breath

Or move out to have heart's fulfilment?

Can a lady dare to leave her mate,

Who considers her as a consignment?

Can she shut all her doors to the past

Hoping for a refreshing present moment?

What if she moves in the path of refreshment

And is left with nothing but remorseful resentment?

We are asked to go for our passion

And do our job with dedication and devotion,

But can it be done with the boss' aggression?

The employer who is only interested in business

Ignoring every kind of values or humanness,

Can one dare to go against such commanders?

There's an old saying in every culture

Go as per the rules of those rulers,

You're breathing on whose favours.

It's not wise to antagonise the duchess

When you've a lot to lose but nothing to possess.

It's easy to be said than done

Asking to revolt against the rotten,

Rather than adapting to the mistaken;

But revolting is not for everyone,

Not for the frail, nor for the feeble,

It's only for the mighty and tyrannical.


© 2020 Anupam Mitu


Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Thank you Chandrashekhar

Lots of love and blessings

Chandrasekhar Rajendra Raut from Nagpur on October 09, 2020:

How nicely captured the inner irritation at the failure to revolt! Perfect!

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Thank you so much dear Lorma for your empathy. We've to maintain double standards at work just to save our job as we know it very well that the people like us who only concentrate on the work rather than the sweet tales don't get anything.

Lots of love and blessings dear.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Rosima, thank you so much dear. It's my pleasure that you liked it.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Lots and lots of love for you too dear Lorna.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Thank you Miebakagh.

God bless you friend.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Thank you so much dear Ankita

God bless you dear

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Kalpana, you now I've resigned thrice in the coaching institute where I teach but I had to take it back all the time as I couldn't take a risk with my two daughters. I guess that you are aware of the education system in India. It's all about business, sole education business in which the product is the slave crowd minded mentality. I have worked in almost ten schools in my ten years of experience. Ironically, the situation of caching institutes is better than the public or private schools, both for the students and the teachers. But here too when we have to work like slaves and the credit is taken by someone else, I feel like quitting, but at what cost?

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Eric, it's true that we have to make decisions at various intervals, sometimes it's easy and sometimes tough to make but whatever decision we make in our life the consequences of that is to be beared. (Road not taken)

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Sure Dora,we all need to struggle to survive.

Love and blessings.

Lora Hollings on October 08, 2020:

I certainly can relate to the dilemmas you pose in your very interesting and well written poem, Anupam. As a child, I was very compromised and even now as an adult, I find such a double standard at work and in my family as well. An arbitrary hierarchy is sometimes imposed upon us and no matter how fundamentally faulty it is, we sometimes have no choice but to submit. Sometimes, it is called survival. I guess there are times in our lives, that we are compelled to put basic needs above our principles, sadly. Your insightful poem certainly captures this conflict! The harsh realities of life. Wonderful write!

Rosina S Khan on October 08, 2020:

It's great to see how you express the conflict between 'revolt' and 'adapt'. Your poem certainly shows what is true of society, carrying rational logic. I loved that. Thank you, Anupam, for sharing.

Lorna Lamon on October 08, 2020:

It is difficult within the constraints of your society to voice your opinion without fear of reprimand Anupam. In my society I take this for granted and my mother had a strong character which helped, however, she also had a gentle heart. I sense a kindred spirit in you and hopefully the prejudices which keep women back will soon be a thing of the past. Lots of love.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 08, 2020:

Beautifully exprersed with insight. Cool.

Ankita B on October 08, 2020:

I like the theme behind this poem. So true what you have expressed. Beautifully written as always. I loved the photos too.

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 08, 2020:

All big changes start with a revolt. Sadly, hardly anything life-changing comes out of silence. People only end up taking you for granted if you endure it all. The best one, of course, is a mix of both. A bit of revolt (towards things that harm your soul) and a bit of adaptation (so that peace is kept).

Wonderfully written as usual, Anupam.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 08, 2020:

I have lived on both sides of this coin. Sometimes a tough choice and others an easy one and too often made for us.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 08, 2020:

Easier said than done, but like the caterpillar, we can learn to develop our wings and fly above the revolt. Everyone must survive some kind of struggle.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 08, 2020:

Bill, yes it is required, a sort of renaissance again.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 08, 2020:

Lorna, I have read so many poems of yours and in many places, I have found that we share similar thoughts.

I have been a revolutionary myself but it's unfortunate I can't speak for my basic rights either at work or in the family just because of a few prejudices which say that the women with responsibilities shall remain quiet and just go with the male dominated society.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 08, 2020:

Thank you Liliane for reading it and commenting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 08, 2020:

Much to think about here. I do believe we will continue to see revolts around the world. There is too much suffering to be ignored.

Lorna Lamon on October 08, 2020:

I think it depends very much on the circumstances and the personality of the person. My Father used to say I was a rebel without a cause - then I grew up and found lots of causes. A powerful poem which stirs the senses - thoughtful and evocative. Striking images.

Liliane Najm from Toronto, Canada on October 08, 2020:

how true.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 08, 2020:

Thank you so much John.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 08, 2020:

Anupam, I love the important questions you ask in this poem, and the images are stunning.

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