Mind, A cage of flaming arrows.

Mind, a cage of flaming arrows,
Cold abyss of blue, not warming shallows.
Trapped existence within a delirium,
deceptively idyllic, a devious mysterium.
Obsessed with it’s fallacious firmans,
possessed by it’s malicious demons.
Acclimated to it’s abuse, self justified,
prisoner to it’s whims, control nullified.
Fallen in love with frail walls, towering high,
“Precious” delicate shackles, refuse to untie.
Like Plato’s imprisoned trio(1), enamored of shadow reality,
Returned enlighten one, receives Socratic tragedy (2).
Strenuous to undo, learned false wisdom,
Unlearning an act of heroes, betides seldom.
Only death of kernel(3), produces a fecund yield,
Only voyage via Styx(4), completes a valiant deed(5).
Oh wake up already!, disentangle from phantom threads,
Walk wise on golden shores, led only by sagacious trends.

References :

  1. Plato’s Allegory of the cave ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_cave ) : The Allegory of the Cave, or Plato’s Cave, is an allegory presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work Republic (514a–520a) to compare “the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature”. It is written as a dialogue between Plato’s brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. In the allegory, Socrates describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners’ reality, but are not accurate representations of the real world. Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are actually not reality at all. A philosopher aims to understand and perceive the higher levels of reality. However, the other inmates of the cave do not even desire to leave their prison, for they know no better life.
  2. Socrates martyrdom ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates ).
  3. Kernel of Wheat.
  4. Styx ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styx ) : River of underworld, where Hades rules. One should pass through Styx to reach the underworld.
  5. One of Hercules’s 12 labors (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracles). In this case, 12th labors of fetching the triple-headed dog Cerberus, guardian of underworld’s gate.

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