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Where man has, alas, ceased to pass the torch,-

For his arched steps have cut the meadows

And play before the motley fools and lure

Widows of their mite to feed an appetite;

Where love itself is sold by giddy glibness

Of mountebanks and is nothing but a habit;

Douse the torch its cold glare is sad tale-

Ne’er shall you rekindle it ,nor lead children of men

To hallowed halls where once virtue stood:

Proud of mien erect on her pedestal

Garlanded and bewitched by men of old,-

It is how the world shall pass

In oblivion and for worms a cold meal.



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Nearly all of the Earth’s atmosphere is made up of only five gases: nitrogen, oxygen, water vapor, argon, and carbon dioxide. Several other compounds also are present. Air can contain as much as 5% water vapor.


99% of the mass of the human body is made up of only six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Every organic molecule contains carbon.


Since 65-90% of each body cell consists of water (by weight), it isn’t surprising that oxygen and hydrogen are major components of the body. Hydrogen is a component of the water molecules in the body, as well as most other compounds.Oxygen is necessary for respiration. You will find this element in the lungs, since about 20% of the air you breathe is oxygen.


 Carbon is ingested in food the food we eat and in the air we breathe. Carbon accounts for 18.6% of the total mass of the human body.


Nitrogen is a component of proteins, nucleic acids, and other organic compounds.Nitrogen gas is found in the lungs, since most of the air you breathe consists of this element.


Calcium is a major component of the skeletal system. It is found in bones and teeth. Calcium is a metal. It readily oxidizes in air. Because it makes up such a large part of the skeleton, about one-third of the mass of human body comes from calcium, after water has been removed.The element is incorporated into the bones, combines with other elements including iron, potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium. It is necessary for sexual function and reproduction, muscle growth, and to supply nutrients to the nerves.


Potassium primarily is found in the muscles and nerves as an ion. Potassium is important for membrane function, nerve impulses, and muscle contractions.


Sodium is important for proper nerve and muscle function. It is excreted in perspiration.


Chlorine aids in cellular absorption of water. It is the major anion in body fluids. Chlorine is a part of hydrochloric acid, used to digest food. It is involved in proper cell membrane function.


Phosphorus is found in the nucleus of every cell. Phosphorus is part of nucleic acids, energy compounds.


Magnesium is a cofactor for enzymes in the body.Magnesium is needed for strong teeth and bones.


Sulfur is a component of many amino acids and proteins.



In such a chemical cocktail that permeates the air,space and objects I see nothing but form and function. 
Form of man and form of plants thriving in cosmos to be of use to one another is simplicity in itself. We need oxygen and plants need carbon dioxide. In supplying each others needs we have fulfilled our roles that of course is one among many dimensions we run into each other. ‘I think there fore I am.’ In order to know that my brain again  of same substance as in Cosmos, fired up certain electro-chemical impulses. It has no reality outside myself really.

We palaver, chat up to higher-ups and make deals, cut corners,stab backs of each other and are locked up for some 30 years in Louisiana and released because of some lacuna in human justice and, thank God we have showed Law still reigns supreme under the sun. It is much about nothing really.









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Lightly we foot it where our peers left off

As seasons crowd out the smooth with the rough;

We descend through tunnel of time, for sleep

And how others make do with theirs: enough.


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Under vault of heaven we make merry

Ev’n as seasons after their fashion hurry:

Surely as our peers we replaced in time

We must leave seats- for time will not tarry.



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Omar Khayyam Illustration:quatrain#9

“But Come with old Khayyam, and leave the lot
Of Kaikobad and Kaikhosru forgot:
Let Rustom lay about him as he will.
Or Hatim Tai cry supper-heed them not.”

(Edward Fitzgerald translation-first ed.,)

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“The Place where the mighty one once abode
Of Pomp and glory devoid remains ruin’d;
All I could hear there was the cry of dove,
‘Coo! where art thou!’, on and on she moaned.”

(text and illustration-benny thomas)

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I Have Been Dreaming, said I ©

I have been dreaming, said I
While my feet touched these cobbled lanes
Not caring if these veered to the river bank
To carry me far where the sea received all,
where galleys with unfurled sails
bided time, adrift by tremulous sign-
Ah the wind was contrary!
The captain swore profanities
At the unspeakable charms cast by
A Dreamer for whom even the wind
Bent her rules a little,
till the dreamer and the dream
Found the cabin and service.
I am the Keeper of the Royal Sun
Abdel- kerim by your leave, said I
To which the Captain bound by an oath
Steered all hands double time.
And the painted ship with ghastly crew
Did swim skirting swells and even when
the land came in view,
And the domes through swirls of dust
Gleamed under roiling heat
I knew I was dreaming.
And the chains that bound my feet
To cold slabs bore drops of sweat
and said I, These stone walls shall
Wear out before my dreams will.
Benny 3 Feb,2012(reprinted from pup of my doggrels-http://byronin.wordpress.com)

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