The Land Of The Dead

The Land Of The Dead

They lived in the land of the dead
Nodding to whatever was said
Muttering to themselves…
‘His word is law…he is the lord
A God sent messiah…
He has given us all’.

Content with their muted state
Always ready to bite the bait.
They crept into their graves
And the institution thrived.
The devil exulted at his success
The dead never speak, he surmised.

Someone entered the land of the dead
Dragged life along ahead
Stirred them out of their slumber
But before muffled voices
Could be heard, he was yelled at
Cursed, chastised, forced to quit

Could anyone force out fortitude?
Could he ever be booed?
When people learn to understand
Submission to injustice
Is akin to living
In self-created graves…

They wake up before it is too late
Speak out their mind with berate
Break the fetters of intimidation
Rise from the graves and look around
The sun is shining splendidly
And they are still alive!
© Balroop Singh
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46 thoughts on “The Land Of The Dead

  1. I hope they wake up too Balroop before it is too late.. So many seem to be digging their own graves right now not thinking about the future tomorrows… Or the Earth’s .. The Land of the Dead my become a reality sooner than we think.. if we all do not wake up to ourselves….
    Thank you for your insights Balroop.. and doing so within this poetic pose.. I loved..
    Sue ❤

    1. Hi Sue,

      Thanks for picking up all those subtle messages…living in the grave or digging own grave is one and the same thing, neglecting Mother Earth or our own self too comes with a price, which is often brushed aside.

      Wishing you a nice week dear friend. Stay blessed 🙂

    1. The ‘institution’ is a symbol for all big and small authorities…when you are compelled to live like the dead, wouldn’t you walk away? 🙂 Food for thought!

  2. Different kind of poem from you, Balroop. Death intertwined with life. I love how at the end there is a positive take, rising from graves. Death may not be literally that, but a new beginning. As Lisa said, it can be hard going up against the status quo and what has always been. But the more we stand up and speak out, the more we create opportunities for ourselves and move forwards from challenging times 🙂

    1. Hi Mabel,

      This poem was inspired from such people as mentioned here…’nodding their heads’ to whatever was expected, even when their rights were trampled upon.
      I have always felt that we must stand up and many times I have demonstrated that even at the risk of getting disliked and sidelined but never got scared 🙂

  3. I think humans are basically lazy. Though these days with electronic everything, distractions are greater than ever before. Votes take place in the dead of the night so citizens are blindsighted (think GW Bush era antics such as the Patriot Act). Though we do have a say in our elected officials, even though it’s easy to vote for the incumbent (but is it advisable?). When I ask people who ‘ought’ to know better who they’re voting for, many say they are not voting at all. So here it is again, personal responsiblity. Accountability. Easier to go back to sleep? Time surely will reveal some tough consequences for this slumber. Already has. And so we continue rowing this collective boat toward what end, I cannot fathom. Aloha, Balroop. Good post.

    1. You are right Bela, it is so easy to shut your eyes when you don’t want to take any responsibility…be it voting or voting for the wrong person 🙂
      Time is already giving the signals only if we are wise enough to heed them…it is better to wake up! The land of the dead is like the land of ‘Lotus Eaters.’

      Thank you for standing by to share your thoughts, much appreciated. 🙂 Stay blessed.

      1. Thanks, Balroop. I’ll take blessings any day 😉

        Agreed about living the myth – humans are not great at learning from sacred wisdom, though with my Jungian training, myths keep occuring to me, as well. If we are attentive, we notice patterns repeating, again and again. Perhaps it is simply the way of this Earth School, I cannot say. I do know it takes many repetitions before most of us understand the themes of our own personal existence/mythology. It follows that the collective moves even slower. And so. ❤

    1. Thanks arv! when we break free from the barriers, when we resist the fetters that try to cease our growth, only then do we start moving towards the change. 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed the sing-song short lines you’ve approached such a serious topic with. I was talking with a friend this weekend about how we often put so much energy into being unhappy and making our lives like a living death, when it’s often just as easy to put effort into doing a few things a day that make us feel like we’ve accomplished something and it’s the doing of those things that wakes us up rather than settling for a life that like the grave.

    1. You are right Jeri, positivity does endow us with extra energy besides keeping us veered towards better avenues, which show streaks of hope and happiness…waking up to some obvious facts is what makes us alive.
      Thanks for standing by, love your reflections each time. 🙂

  5. Wow. Just wow. I think I could read it again and again and derive a different meaning every time. A hallmark of a good piece of art. Well done.

    1. Yes, dear Kim, I can understand that sadness yet we have to accompany the angel called ‘fortitude’ and we have to move forward for our own growth, our own sane living. Blessings and love.

  6. How many times we live without existing…. your poem is deep and leave me thinking about that particular fact…. loved the last stanza, by the way…
    Sending much love and best wishes, dear Balroop-. Aquileana 😉

    1. Thanks dear Aqui, love your reflections. I am glad that my words are leading you to more thinking…you are already so good at it. 🙂
      Love and wishes back to you as well. Stay blessed.

  7. Hi Balroop,

    Wonderful indeed 🙂

    Good to be back on your blog after a while – just returned from my blogging break as well, which went off pretty long this time, and I went gadgetless this time! Of course, now I am back and making my rounds gradually, picking up the strings. How have you been?

    Thanks for sharing, and have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Welcome back, nice to see you here…I have been wondering what is keeping you away for such a long time from your passion. I guess you had some more important duties to perform and I hope all is going well. 🙂

      Thanks for the visit dear friend, you were missed. Wishing you too a great week.

  8. Living like the dead, what an horrible tragedy! I’d rather like to walk away.
    I feel like if one does, others would be keen to follow. Only an army of light can defeat darkness.
    Very interesting subject Balroop. And good to read thoughts of your readers too, on this.
    Take care.

    1. Thanks Marie…even I would walk away but what holds certain people is incomprehensible…probably they too have some constraints…living in darkness can be quite detrimental, as it takes away to will to progress. Thank you for the visit. Stay blessed 🙂

  9. Your words really hold insight into how we live life, or simply wallow through life impacts not only us individually but also as society. There is not a sadder moment than to see someone just wanting to make it through the day/week/life…except when we see that moment in ourselves. Words to wake up and inspire ~ thank you Balroop, great to come back to WP and feel your wisdom 🙂

    1. Hi Randall,

      I am so glad that you have been in your relaxing and reflective mood, which is so good for healthy living.
      There are days and days which just drag on and I guess all of us go through those melancholic moments, keeping our eyes at the sunshine but when we lose the energy to get out of that darkness is the doomsday. The impact no doubt is much wider than we anticipate. 🙂

      Thank you dear Randall, for lovely insights, much appreciated.

  10. A well written poem.

    I am lucky that I have a choice but there are people who do not have a choice. They do not have a voice either due to the caste system, culture etc.

    1. Rightly said dear friend, some people can’t even risk to have a voice! Thanks for adding another dimension to the poem. 🙂 Stay blessed!

  11. Hi Balroop, Loved the poem – its deep and appropriate for the times. You have compared living in a muted state to living in the Land of dead, which is so apt – whether it is due to the lack of choice, or due to the lack of courage or will.

    1. Thanks Somali, love your thoughts. 🙂 Sometimes it is due to oppressive and domineering circumstances where courage and will both get vanquished.

  12. We are all captives of our own creation. Throwing off the fetters of bondage, no matter what kind, is all the release necessary to feel alive once again. Here’s to freedom, in whatever shape it takes! 🙂

    1. Wisely said! Thanks Joe, that’s why freedom is so important, even from our own constraints of love, hatred, forgiveness, fear…and all that holds us back. 🙂

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