Only One is a Choice

by Ashok Sharda

I woke up with a visual
Interpreted by words, habitually

Trains with unusual compartments
Passed me by at a pace unprecedented
Depicting scenes of events in
Different shades and colors

Board I must or un-board
By Playing an ACTIVE role
Becoming a key force
In my own destiny

If not, undo my helplessness I must
By playing a RECONCILING role
Actively accepting my failure
To board or un-board

Otherwise choose not, and let happen
By playing a PASSIVE role
Allowing the chain of events
To determine my destiny

In silence I wonder
Do I really have three choices
When ACTION alone is a choice
Amidst all that are happenings?


Posted on 04/20/2006
Copyright © 2024 Ashok Sharda

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mary Ellen Smith on 04/21/06 at 02:39 PM

Thoughtful insight about the changes and choices that propel us forward....and backward. Sometimes it is the choice to change trains as well....lol oh don't get me going on this..I have a son in law that is a conductor!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/21/06 at 06:30 PM

The train works well here as analogy. Whether it carries gravy or garbage is indeed very much up to the engineer who boards or un-board.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/22/06 at 01:53 PM

Your active role is showing! :) Another thought provoking piece of philosophizing.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/23/06 at 05:32 AM

Does love bear all things? What, then, does it mean - to bear? —to take action? —yes, I am thinking yes to this.
You already surely know how your writings invigorate me into the action of thought. (heh!) :)

Posted by David R Spellman on 04/25/06 at 12:48 AM


Posted by Jean Mollett on 10/09/06 at 03:41 PM

Hi Ashok, Great write. it makes one stop and think also. We do have choices to make or not to make. I also agree with some of the others too.

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