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            [post_content] => have u seen that meme where the picture depicts
a myosin protein dragging an endorphin
to the inner part of the cortex
which leads to the feeling of happiness
in the human brain?

just like sisyphus pushing his rock up the mountain.
and i think, how apt,

happiness is indeed a pursuit,
something to be chased till eternity
while grief comes to us in torrents, or secretly,
like a landlord poking his head in to see what our plans are

and then reluctantly,
we make a kind of home even out of hurt.

we say out of gritted teeth, to answer Jean Genet’s question,
yes, i am ready to see things as they are,
yes, i agree to gaze at the world tranquilly, and accept
responsibility for my gaze,
whatever it might see.
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                    [wpcf-summary-description] => This poem is the first-prize winner in the meme challenge on Young Poets Network (YPN).

The challenge was written and judged by poet Rishi Dastidar, who said of this poem, "I really liked the way this shifted between images, never let go of its sounds, feels so tremendously fresh and yet at the same time has the feel of a lyric that will last; it's very well done indeed."

See the meme this poem refers to here.
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                    [wpcf-poem-award] => 1st prize, Meme challenge
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                    [title] => Chanchal Kumar
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                    [content] => Chanchal is the first-prize winner in the meme challenge, written and judged by poet Rishi Dastidar, on Young Poets Network.


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