One More Journey!!

When you are part of a gathering
But still a third person wondering
Are we the same girls blundering
or mature women, remembering

A kind of journey with reflection
Spanning two decade’s separation
Everyone is each other’s apparition
Is someone else your aspiration?

Have some had it easy? Really?
Have some battled demons stoically
Bruises hidden by a smiling-face ally
Or beauty unmarred by life’s reality

I stand there looking at them all
The stance independent and tall
Sensitivity at a moment’s call
Love shining through to enthrall

A long separation could not quash
The spontaneous camaraderie I watch
As if two decades between – a mirage
Hearts beating in a perfect chord

I saw them as lives I could easily lead
Each one unique and far from defeat
Each one radiant in her sweeping feats
One more journey into many instincts

WHERE WILL I FIND ME?

Why is it so?


I feel so lost


Thinking about the future


And mulling the past!


 


Thoughts go back


To the child I was


Is it really me?


Or a shadow of course


 


Is it me who loved?


Is it me who lost?


Recalling memories


To quench my thirst


 


Does my Present


Give me Hope


Do I have the strength?


That I need to cope


 


There have been setbacks


And also the lone winning


But why do setbacks haunt


And winnings lose meaning


 


Sometimes the heart wonders


Why am I alive?


What’s the essence of being?


Why do I still strive?


 


Do the one’s that give up


Go to God’s Heaven


Or is there another Hell


Waiting for them to cave in


 


Is it easier to combat?


Battles that we understand


Or to fight the unknown


Without anyone to give a Hand


 


Where will I find me?


In this wide, wide world


Sometimes I don’t know myself


Even when I am mirrored!!


JOURNEY

So many pathways beckon me


How do I know where they lead


Mirages galore in this journey


Life leads me, where? Let’s see


 


Do the one’s that keep the Faith


Meet You on yonder side of Death?


Does Death clear their name


Though Life had been full of hate?


 


Don’t ever stand in church


With your head bowed down


Nor you ever seek Peace


In any Bible Psalm


 


Raise your eyes to them


Who lend the weak a hand


More important than pity


Is dignity and encouragement


 


The world holds them in high regard


Who leave footprints in the sand


Who move away from the beaten path


Testing their strength against the wind

HERO

You don’t smoke


You don’t drink


Even if you are


On the brink


 


Head held high


Maybe you could fly


Putting heroes to shame


Bringing Heaven nigh


 


Difficulties exist


Why do you resist?


They make you strong


Teaching you to persist


 


Man, a mere speck


Fate has him by the neck


His sheer Courage invincible


And Will impossible to break!!


Time

Seconds tick by without any meaning


Become minutes stretching into hours


Light goes out and darkness looms


Living seems like an excruciating farce


 


What does a long day award us


Hours of misplaced efforts wasted


What do we accomplish everyday


Only regret and eyes tired and misted


 


In our time here do we touch hearts


How many eyes look up to us with hope


Do we appear to them humane enough


Or does our mien shout “he’s a rogue”


 


Do we give back to time its due


The return gift of every second fulfilled


Does time not feel the emptiness


Of relationships sordid and long dead


 


Pray, leave me time to find myself


To learn and clear my mirror first


To dig into the depths of my soul


To fathom what is right and just


 

Forever & Through Eternity!!

You broke my heart, but it was no longer mine                                                                  


It was pledged to you always through time


Your fears drove you away, my destiny


I am still waiting – Forever and through Eternity


 


Your dreams are mine, to cherish and realize


My aspirations I live only through your eyes


I hope to quell your frustrations, my destiny


I will soothe you – Forever and through Eternity


 


Everything is fair in love and war


You might have heard the saying, my star


I will abide by you in failure, my destiny


I will make you win – Forever and through Eternity


 


If you save your love and not give it me


Then the lack would be greater to me


When you consult your heart and mind, my destiny


I will be patient – Forever and through Eternity


 


I love you with all for and against you


Whatever you offer is a gift and not my due


When your mirth fails to amaze, my destiny


I will still laugh – Forever and through Eternity


 


When with time you wither and gray


When time hides the radiance of May


When the mood tempest reigns, my destiny


I will pine for you – Forever and through Eternity


 


All fairytales have happy endings I agree


But the protagonists have to fight to a degree


Why expect our spirits to always win, my destiny


Our love will live – Forever and through Eternity


 


You talk of tomorrow, even today is uncertain


If we have to drown, let sorrow not be a burden


Let love help us reach the shore, my destiny


I will face storms with you – forever and through Eternity


 


Those in love never needed the world’s mercy


Their strength was love’s sweet ecstasy


With unspoken words do they talk, my destiny


I will hear you – Forever and through Eternity


 


If fate took you away from me tomorrow


When you are lost in the maze of sorrow


When you have no one to find, my destiny


I will find you – Forever and through Eternity


 


I have saved all my love for you dearest


You can have all of it and also my heart


I will embrace death and welcome, my destiny


Knowing you are mine – Forever and through Eternity


By the sweat of my brow!


Hands are all I got


Education I do not know


Pulling hard on the hand cart


By the sweat of my brow


 


Vehicles racing by


All around me a row


Laying the tar on the road


By the sweat of my brow


 


Education I do have


But circumstances shallow


Distributing mailers


By the sweat of my brow


 


How many of us are there


Living our pain in the raw


Are those tears in our eyes?


Or just the sweat of our brow


 

Give Him Wings!!

Beautiful lofty mountains, welcoming you back, when you return from a vacation in the beautiful lofty mountains!! “No,” thought Geeta “I am not repeating myself. I am just reacting to the sight of the fog enveloped mountains, growing on me as I walk uphill to my residential complex.” The onset of the rains have put a chill in the air, washed away the grime from the greens and put hope back into the hearts of the people tired of the summer heat. The continuance of the weather in Matheran closer home gladdened Geeta’s heart and soul.


When she rang the door-bell, it chimed “Home Sweet Home!” It was so good to be back home. One more surprise awaited her, Aai pointed out the Brahma Kamal plant, a sparrow had built her nest in it. Delicate twigs arranged nicely in the shape of a small bowl – you can call it a baby bowl. It was sheer workmanship – skillful and artistic, the most delicate thing in the world, it looked delicate than gossamer!


The sparrow had finished the nest twig by twig in two days. Geeta warned Yug to stay away from the nest, even the birds held their home sacred and trespassers were not allowed. Yug’s eyes were as wide as saucers, “It’s so cute and right here in our terrace! I am so honored she chose our house to build her nest!”


The next day, when Geeta arrived back from work and peeped into the nest from afar, she saw that the nest had served its purpose – two small eggs lay inside it. “Oh wow! We have a make-shift bird hospital in our house.” Yug was very excited, but like a very good boy kept his distance. The sparrow flew in at all hours to hatch the eggs, but flew away, whenever someone set foot into the terrace. “Looks like, we will have to quarantine the terrace, if the eggs are to be hatched in time!” thought Geeta.


Few days passed and the eggs finally hatched – two very groggy baby sparrows could be seen. The mother brought morsels of food to feed them. Geeta and Yug watched from behind the closed French windows, fearing to disturb the feeding sessions. With time the babies grew stronger, attempting to take off from the nest, it was becoming cramped for them anyways. First flight saw them flap their wings for a little distance and then crash on the floor of the terrace. The mother kept an alert watch. They tried again the next day and the next, slowly gaining confidence. Finally they found the strength in their wings and soared, not very far from the terrace, but made it to the Gulmohar about a yard away.


Geeta stopped awhile and glanced at Yug, “Will I be able to achieve what the non-interfering mother sparrow had achieved – Give him wings?”

THE SUN DOES’NT SET!

The sun doesn’t set


When you don’t come home


Sunrise may have been splendid


To me sunshine is your smile alone


 


The dinner tastes bland now


Delicious is your being with me


Even the apple of our eyes


Misses you exceedingly


 


When you phone out of the blue


Your voice sets my heart aflutter


The unsaid words chime an echo


I close my eyes and in you saunter


 


Words become sounds not making sense


Scenes run by as if someone else’s life


I live in a vacuum all by myself


Your absence cuts deep – a two-edged knife


 


Still I am happy, you know


I know it sounds queer


Distance proves time and again


How much you mean to me, my dear!

LOOK AROUND

Pain can also give you company


Think, not about the person who caused it


Look around there maybe someone


Who is in pain, because you endured it


 


You have the right not to consider


Talking to the one who pained you


Look around, think of the silent friend


Who is ready to understand you


 


You can subtract your tormentor


From your lost battles of Life


Look around, there’s a healer around


Who will soothe the hurts and strife


 


Remember the rain brings


New life and immense hope


Look around, there are new roots


Someone to help you cope


 


Yes, maybe you loved in vain


Nobody to help you take the strain


Look around, take another friend


Someone to strum your pain