When Will I Transcend "When"?

by Ashok Sharda

The earth continues to move on its axis
While revolving around the sun
Maintaining its path and balance
What may come

It's always me who gets stuck up
In the course of this life
Failing to keep pace
With the space-time continuum
It's here where death strikes
A deadly punch every time

How many times will I have to die
And resurrect in a lifetime?
When will my time transcend
Into timelessness?


Posted on 11/07/2005
Copyright © 2021 Ashok Sharda

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Rula Shin on 11/08/05 at 02:57 AM

When one questions "when", "when" remains relevant. I found my questions lying still and lifeless in the habitual deadlands of dreams. I found my LIFE in the timeless reality of the gaps in between. Knowing and believing are not the same as realizing and experiencing, but they are essential to the struggle, because one cannot STOP if he doesn't know and believe he can STOP. He cannot LIVE if he doesn't question the meaning of DEATH. But then no answer is beyond the realm of questions, and so questions too will lose their relevance in TIME. Questions are the driving force in the quest for knowledge and experience, yet they can only take us so far...but as a close friend of mine once told me, BEING is SEEING. Consider me ironically reminded, reminders taking root in thoughts. I thus think not to think and wonder, 'when will my thoughts transcend into thoughtlessness?' hahaha ;-) Laugher in all seriousness is the most beautiful laughter hahaha. As always, beautiful Ashok.

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 12/26/05 at 03:43 AM

A fine and microcosmic balance" exposing oppositionS... of the large/small... constant continuous movement/abrupt stoppings...timelessness/time...The introduction of death is abrupt (as a punch in a round!...(perfect!)) and thus immensely effective...and unexpected...as it is... even when one is aware...the question of how many times...one must die ("in a lifetime") is also an unexpected question...thus highlighting dramatically and poetically the question of "When?"!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/20/06 at 02:26 PM

Finding this inside the favorites list
when searching for poetic fuel,
this is when, (transcended beside this computer here),
the inside me, (the oft fool!), became
gladdened, gladder, gladdest!
—to find the gift of timelessness
inside this poem. • This now is when.
:) :) :) —Jill

Posted by Maria Terezia Ferencz on 08/08/06 at 01:42 AM

Do they have a category for the question of the day? Or life for that matter..... If an answer were found would we all stop trying?

Posted by Allison Smith on 07/23/09 at 10:05 AM

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 08/10/09 at 03:18 PM

Well, Ashok, as you know I admire you immensely, so it is even more meaningful to read a poem in which you chronicle your own struggles with the nettlesome details of life while trying to maintain spiritual centeredness. I appreciate the honesty and well-expressed humanity in this poem.

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