Reversal of Roles

a poem by Subramanian K S

Take a deep breath, let it out
slowly, as if gold not to be lost;
Over four millenniums ago, Buddha did
to cleanse mind of traces of soot;
‘Not for a berth in heaven’- his candid
message; “No faith in after-life,
Keep mortality off desire’s frost.
Death levels all, prince and the poof’;
A different rumble in the eons;
“Time has seen reversal of roles,
shadows deftly blurring the lines
in faces, despairing for mundane goals;
Every Age sees a swarm of half lives,
Also a rainbow dazzling in the skies;
Shelley’s clarion was off track Oh! West Wind!
How will sprout seeds the earth has disowned?