Shall we fail or shall we
try to achieve a little before
we fail in any case ;
If we forget the words
to a song won’t it
get sung ever again ?
Putting our hand up first
with the answer
we invariably incur the wrath
of the dullards behind us ,
who wait in perpetual dread that
they might be called upon to think ;
Do we try to extinguish the candles
on our birthday cake one by one
or all at once ?
what gain is there if one is left
to flicker flicker alone and serene
amid the encroaching gloom .