Temet Nosce [Know Thyself]

      The poem titled “Temet Nosce (Know Thyself)” by Vinit Sharma addresses issues related to comprehensive sexuality education, gender equity and equality as well as safe motherhood and sexual health in all phases and stages of life, including old age. Many cultures (countries) still do not support sexuality education for young people and gender norms are still biased in many societies. Moreover, there are various social norms against “expression of love and love.”
      The poem has taken a Life Cycle approach in addressing these important issues.prologue…this bountiful earth by birth, is my home,the world’s a family, and unequal is nonewhy rule, regulate or restrain my framewhen life is a gift, and my body my own.the dawn of life…the body is but a reward divineto “know Thyself” is a duty of minepreach various beliefs in different wayswhy knowing my frame some folks abradescan someone help to clear this haze?all faiths and doctrines encourage loveamour is divine and full of praisehow can loving be immoral thencan someone help to cross this maze?education informs, information reformsinto a higher realm it transformshow can insight be a crimecan someone help to clear this craze?the noon phase…life is priceless, our body a shrinea precious gift from the Divine.she brings forth, she feedsshe fulfills all, meets our needsshe protects, from perils she shieldsshe teaches, she actively healswhy then should she suffer and dieduring such auspicious ordealshealthy mothers with a smiling facebring abundant joy and immense solacelife without a mother is surely curstlest one forgets, mothers come first.the sunset years…love knows no boundaries, love knows no cagelove is cherished, prized at every stagebubbling in youth and maturing with agelove relaxes and soothes during the sunset phase.the road is bumpy with many a bendand the milestone indicates a nearing enda bumpy ride since the last restit surely is time to pause and reflectlet age not hinder nor affectgrant the aged their due respectepilogue…the world is akin to a mirror plainmerely reflecting what faces the vitrinea simple truth, nothing arcanewith no kings nor kingdoms or any reignlet us project joys and mutual gainin an equal world devoid of painhealthy lives with no strainon a shining, joyous colorful pane.