Hopkins Pickering
by Michael Sharma

"The mind inside is like a ghost
hiding in shadows and possessing the host.
No one ever, wonders why
probably the reason, its dark outside."

Sharma's compilation embodies the power of the human spirit through the spoken word as it ponders what happens in the world and why. In this introspective endeavor, an aura of cynicism toward the world permeates, particularly when it comes to the existence of true happiness. "A Walk" is reminiscent of life itself, where often humanity meanders through the years, sometimes unaware of where it is heading, at other times unable to move as it waits for divine intervention. Another theme that Sharma focuses on in "Bhandar" is of love being somewhat of a raging wave, mercilessly tossing one about on the rocks until a person is so lost in emotional disarray that getting out does not seem viable.

In many ways, Sharma explores concepts of purpose and perception while living in a society that does not hesitate to steer its individuals away from being the creative spirit they're destined to be and toward a world of conformity and complacency. Poems like "Cracks of the Floor" are a representation of the broken world that begins with the battle with one's mind, which is ultimately what creates the crack and the divisive society of today. The shattered mind is further on display with the repetition of "But I'm fine," while the speaker is spiraling into madness and a void of utter emptiness.

Seemingly shaped by experience, the contents of Sharma's poetry are rooted in existential philosophy. From the impact of one's choices in "Philosophy" to the chaotic and busy lifestyle in "Rush Hour Blues" that renders humans unavailable to check in with themselves or nature, the poet sheds light on many realities and intricacies that are generally overlooked.

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