Quid Pro Quo

Quid Pro Quo

A Poem by Bala Gorthi

Life is not a Quid Pro Quo
Nor eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth.


One happens in business and diplomacy
To follow this is their policy
The other flames the rivalry, feud or enmity
It can't be helped they get it in their legacy.

These two rule the countries and people
Do remember this fact so simple
Progress and development are for nations
Let them take care of it
Family and love are for individuals
Do what is fit.

These rules have invaded our life agenda
Because we take them as a big success funda
But remember, life is not a business in progress
Lack of this clarity puts the humanity in a mess.

All nations' top agendas are in unison
Dismally, human values are in diffusion
And the whole humanity is drowning
In the shallow idiotic abysmal ro
wing.

© 2016 Bala Gorthi



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Very well said indeed Bala.
Nations, no matter how principled they start out are always prone to going down the dark path - sometimes in pure ignorance.
The state is an entity in itself and people will be chewed up and spat out as it does what it does.
The only remedy will be found in the home.
Like antibodies - enough well rared people can reverse a nation's sickness.
Your words are deep and wise

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

9 Months Ago

Thank you Tony, for your visit and appreciation.
You are right. It is only in homes that kind.. read more



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Very well said indeed Bala.
Nations, no matter how principled they start out are always prone to going down the dark path - sometimes in pure ignorance.
The state is an entity in itself and people will be chewed up and spat out as it does what it does.
The only remedy will be found in the home.
Like antibodies - enough well rared people can reverse a nation's sickness.
Your words are deep and wise

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

9 Months Ago

Thank you Tony, for your visit and appreciation.
You are right. It is only in homes that kind.. read more
Thought provoking and graceful one.
These lines stand out in this write:
Progress and development are for nations
Let them take care of it
Family and love are for individuals
Do what is fit.



Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

9 Months Ago

Thank you Michael, for your visit and appreciative words..
Respect, Bala

You wrote an eye opening poem, or a poem that reminds the people, about a true nature of politics.
Poem is in between a speech and a poem, leaving a reader satisfied in both.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

11 Months Ago

Thank you Satoshi, for visiting and appreciating. I feel the purpose is served when I get such revie.. read more
You have hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately we do not have our priorities in order.

These are lovely lines:

"Progress and development are for nations
Let them take care of it
Family and love are for individuals
Do what is fit."



Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

11 Months Ago

Thank you for visiting and sharing your views.
And thank you for appreciating those lines be.. read more
Critique: (Nor an eye for eye or tooth for tooth) eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth -- identifiers words needed

Review: Wow! This shows you have a sophisticated side, there are depths and layers of meaning in and between the lines. Being a smart writer and writing smart is seldem seen but that it what you have accomplished with this poem. Standing Ovation! I give it five out of five Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

11 Months Ago

Thank you very much for the correction. I shall pay more attention next time. I have edited it.
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A strongly written piece, Bala.

This is the second poem that i have read this evening where the poet is concerned about the morality of our world's societies and the dysfunctional ways of those in power. See Mallika Relives "How much more?", for further reading on a similar theme. Highly recommended.

Your words are written with a genuine sincerity and concern for our current failings as human beings. One can only hope that we can remain afloat and not sink into a quagmire of moralistic hopelessness.

A very thoughtful poem that makes one think closely about modern life and the world we live in. Nice work.

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

12 Months Ago

Thank you Doodley for the review.
I have just read the poem ("how much more?). An amazing wr.. read more
Yes you can just see the nations in turmoil now. The people seek enjoyment at all costs. Morals seem to have gone out the window. Though, individuals might tell you this all started in the sixties.


Posted 12 Months Ago


Bala Gorthi

12 Months Ago

Very rightly observed, Paul! We can only hope some sense and sensibility in the individuals... read more
VERY NICE POEM. I ENJOYED READING IT

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

12 Months Ago

Thank you for the review. Keep reading..:-):-):-)
christina sherin

12 Months Ago

SURE I WILL.READ MY POEM TOO.
I deeply, deeply appreciate this piece, Bala.

This is so honest. What I took from it was that we internalize how we feel that the world should be run and we embed it into our personal lives, to the detriment of our loved ones. The world hardens us and our loved ones at home, our friends and such are the ones who suffer for it. Life doesn't need to be that. We don't need to be so "iron fist" to everyone.

"Progress and development are for nations
Let them take care of it
Family and love are for individuals
Do what is fit." -- I really treasured these lines above anything.

Excellent writing, as I've come to expect from you, Bala. Really loved this one. :)

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Bala Gorthi

12 Months Ago

Yes , I get upset whenever I see this Qui pro quo( favor for favor) , "you scratch my back and I wi.. read more
Asante

12 Months Ago

Personally, I find it a beautiful thing to be bothered by these kinds of things. We've arrived at a .. read more

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