Binary

Binary

Paradoxes exist between 0 and 1 .
They were or weren’t.
They are or aren’t.
They will be or won’t b-
But is that really true?
Between 0 and 1, aren’t there infinite numbers too?

I see a society that believes itself to be binary.
Pairs that compliment or contrast :
Entrances and Exits,
Birth and Death,
Good and Evil,
Black and White.
Amidst binary thinking, existence can thrive in threes.
Past, present and future,
It is time that guides us in our sleep.

Is life binary to you?
Isn’t it more than birth and death?
Trivial moments and unforgettable milestones,
Until the future burns or buries us and forgets.
Life is often in many maybes,
Unperturbed by unasked questions and unheard answers.
More than often, we live in an in-between.
Discovering problems and solutions that have always been.
Situations that are analogous to maybe,
Decisions that are synonymous to maybe.
Because,
More than often, one just has to believe.

If in a world of yes and no we live,
Painted black and white by unbending conventions,
“Maybe” is the grey we seek.
Grey anonymity offering a comforting protection.

Maybe life and existence are binary paradoxes themselves :
A paradox we create and choose for ourself.

I think of 0 and 1,
And I see a plethora of things – both universal and subjective.
I wonder often when I breathe,
Is binary really the way we live?
If so,
Then until ‘morrow
Surrounded by happiness and sorrow,
Since shadows exist only in light,
I hope your binary is infinite.

-Megha Bhartiya, InkSoakedSoul πŸ’œ

Β© Megha Bhartiya, Inksoakedsoul.wordpress.com


~ This piece is so subjective and open-ended that I’m having a tough time explaining it here hehe. I was thinking about the many binary things we come across in our lifetime and eventually I wrote this.

Did you like it? Tell me what you thought about it! ( Ν‘β—‰ ͜ Κ– Ν‘β—‰)

Stay safe and sound, healthy and happy!

Happy Blogging!

Megha πŸ’œ

PS. Picture Credits – Me =) ~

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  1. Dear M,

    You know what, I’m not gonna write this comment in a gush of adrenaline or excitement… I’m gonna write this calmly and patiently. Because this poem of yours didn’t end up giving me goosebumps, it ended up giving me a thought to ruminate with! It is strange but when I read this, I got this really warm and comfortable soothing sensation. I didn’t find myself rocking back and forth in excitement rather, calmly resting my face on my hand pondering over the utterly profound piece I just read. This is the power of your words!! It’s thought-provoking! 🌸

    M, your thoughts have gone beyond our dimensions! You have started seeing this world with a lens that not all people have discovered yet. And it’s really great to see that your captive words beautifully portray your views. Your expressions, Megha, paint our binary cosmos with those mesmerising colours that light up our lives.❀

    This poem gently enveloped all that I have in me, the very moment I read the first line. It is commendable that you not only saw the paradoxes between 0 and 1 but also the endless infinities that lie between them!

    “I see a society that believes itself to be binary.”
    The society sees it as binary, but it is people like you, M, who drive people to broaden their visions and retrospect every aspect of life with a better outlook.😊

    “If in a world of yes and no we live,
    Painted black and white by unbending conventions,
    β€œMaybe” is the grey we seek.
    Grey anonymity offering a comforting protection.”
    Oh, how genuinely phenomenal this stanza is!🌸 We do not live in a world of ‘flashes from black to white’. No! We live in a world of ‘transitions from black to white’. We travel amidst the greys before reaching our binary destinations!

    “I think of 0 and 1,
    And I see a plethora of things – both universal and subjective.
    I wonder often when I breathe,
    Is binary really the way we live?
    If so,
    Then until β€˜morrow
    Surrounded by happiness and sorrow,
    Since shadows exist only in light,
    I hope your binary is infinite.” A perfect ending for a splendid piece like this!❀

    Well, since you asked if life is binary… My answer~ No, it just can’t be! The white light is composed of seven colours. And each of these colours contains within itself infinite shades that colour our world. So yeah, there may be people who believe the world is black and white… But all they need is a new perspective to see the magic unfurl before their eyes!

    Megha, I’m truly happy to see you grow not only as an artist but as a person.❀ Your finesse in your work inspires me! Shine on, girl!!😊 You make me feel proud!😊❀

    Stay safe, healthy and happy
    Sending you loads of love and tightest panda hugs!❀
    ~Riddhima🌸

    PS: The monochrome cityscape looks awesome!! Kudos to the photographer in you, dear! ❀

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    1. Riddhima thank you so much!
      β™‘β™‘β™‘
      For once I wasn’t trying to induce goosebumps with what I wrote, just something to ponder over and I’m so happy you could feel that. ✨

      You shower me with such kind words of adoration Riddhima, it really never ceases to make me feel better about what I write, to make me smile. Your warmest words of appreciation always instill me with more motivation to write, and I can never express enough of my gratitude for it. =)

      ‘transitions from black and white’ ah look at this! Your inner poet is always on the tip of your tongue wherever you are and it’s always so gorgeous to read what you’ve written! ( Ν‘β—‰ ͜ Κ– Ν‘β—‰)

      Thank you so much for reading and ruminating over what I’ve written and leaving here such a lovely feedback for me. πŸ₯Ί
      Believe me, I’m always waiting for your words!
      Like I’ve said before, you’ve been an important part of my growth R!
      (. ❛ α΄— ❛.)

      Thank you so so much Riddhima! πŸ₯ΊπŸ’œ
      PS. Hehe I’m glad you liked the picture!

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  2. This is a captivating verse, Megha! In asking the profound, you draw the reader in to find much more than they may have bargained for. You challenge preconceived ideology and replace it with a world of possibilities. We live in a world of greys and we know it. We only think of it as black and white when seeing the in between is not comfortable. This flows smoothly and beautifully as you dispel the binary concepts of small thinking. One of your best, my friend! ❀🌹❀

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    1. Ah thank you so much Brad!
      We indeed live in a world of grey like you’ve said.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this and even found it one of my best works. That really put such a huge smile on my face! ( Ν‘β—‰ ͜ Κ– Ν‘β—‰)
      Thank you! πŸ’œ

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  3. M, this is one of those pieces that makes your mind a clockwork of introspection and retrospection. As R previously mentioned it does not fill your blood with the rush of adrenaline but it surges the acetylcholine in your brain with the insight that you have given us in this marvelous piece of poetry.
    Our idealism often persuades us to see the black and the white in the people, its either positive or negative but humans are just a bad chemical combination of both which is the childbirth of realism and I guess this is what I interpreted from the piece.
    There is much more to life than the beginning and the end and it is the in-between, the beginnings make you feel a plethora of emotions from excitement to exhilaration to happiness to the coiling in your stomach feeling, that’s the 0 the starting point and the end comes with sadness or happiness or a sense of belonging or relief depending upon the box of the situation where we are blanketed in, the 1 seems the end.
    However, as your piece sparked my reflections, the in-between things are the ones we remember the most, cherish the most, they may not make us go through a myriad of emotions sometimes but they are the ones which bring endless comfort and the moments that make you think of home. The in-betweens are the grey, they are the realism, they are bad chemical combinations that make us human.
    Damn, this piece made me ruminate on countless of stuff and sparked the nature of existentialism. Dear M, this piece was ferocity and felicity in a jewelry of verses. Life is not binary, as you so beautifully put it, it is so much more than that. Coming to my favourite lines,
    “Is life binary to you?
    Isn’t it more than birth and death?
    Trivial moments and unforgettable milestones,
    Until the future burns or buries us and forgets.” These lines are the ones that make you think.
    “More than often, we live in an in-between.
    Discovering problems and solutions that have always been.
    Situations that are analogous to maybe,
    Decisions that are synonymous to maybe.
    Because,
    More than often, one just has to believe.” I am madly in love with these lines, these are my absolute favorite, they make me feel comfortable and uncomfortable within the same verse. Such a stunning job on your behalf, M!
    “Since shadows exist only in light,
    I hope your binary is infinite.” As usual a show-stopping ending, a classic ending that brings the piece to a perfect full circle.
    Wow, this piece was a ride in itself. You are truly growing in terms of how you unleash the messages and the selections of the messages you want to unleash. Keep Writing, M!
    Stay safe and sound!
    Stay happy and healthy!
    Loads of love and purple hearts,
    Enigma πŸ™‚ ❀ πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    1. The fact that you called our mind a clockwork of introspection and retrospection and how humans are just a bad chemical combination of both positive and negative speaks volumes about your exceptional choice of words, your poetic thinking and your dexterity at breaking down poetry itself.
      ( Ν‘β—‰ ͜ Κ– Ν‘β—‰)

      I am, yet again, in love with your words in this comment.
      Your feedback is a gift of warmth, appreciation and love that I’m more than grateful for E.β™‘

      You read my words and understand them like my mind thinks before writing them, and that is so so rare.
      It’s beyond precious!

      And making the reader comfortable as well as uncomfortable in the same stanza? Wow, now that’s quite powerful to me and I’m beyond delighted to know you could feel that way about my writing. =)

      Thank you so so much E! πŸ₯Ί
      I’m honestly so happy my piece could give you something to ruminate over. It fills me with unending joy and peace.

      Stay safe and healthy!
      Sending you loads of purple hearts and hugs!
      ~Megha πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

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  4. “Then until β€˜morrow
    Surrounded by happiness and sorrow,
    Since shadows exist only in light,
    I hope your binary is infinite.”

    Woman, you’re mind-blowing.

    I can’t even imagine explaining such a trivial theme in such carved sentences. Nextlevel.
    The philosophical approach, the beautiful touch of binary ideas, the correlation of binary with our existence. Absolutelyy wonderful.

    I feel like so many people should be reading this. It’s so so good, and I think it’s going to inspire every person that reads this.

    Absolute Art ❀️

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    1. SHRUTI BROOO πŸ’œπŸ’œ
      Thank you so much!

      The fact that you see this piece as art is a compliment of the greatest order πŸ₯Ί.
      I’m so happy you liked it!
      Thank you for such warm words of appreciation girlll =).
      πŸ’œ

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