NaPoWriMo (# 4): A New Beginning…

The gentle breeze, 
softly caresses…
rippling the placidity..
blown away are the cobwebs
memories resurface…
a long-lost smile
soothes the  aching heart..
The tiny droplets,
rejuvenate, invigorate…
the parched soul..
a ray of hope…
heals the age-old wounds..
Life  starts afresh!!
 
 
 
 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

An unusual thought came to me……. what if I stopped participating in the weekly photo challenges? Will the recent friends that I have made in this world of blogging still visit my blog? Will the traffic that I have enjoyed since last few months continue to grow? Will whatever I write make it eligible ever for the “freshly pressed post”? Do people really enjoy reading what I write?

This train of thought sent its feelers into my other relationships too… My relation with fellow bloggers may take a downward slide off and on, but what about the people whom I have known all this time? Will my younger sister ever again need some advice and help from me? Will my husband always stand by me? Will my parents agree with my decisions? Will my daughter understand my concerns? Will my friends forgive my occasional annoyance? WILL I EVER KNOW WHETHER THEY REALLY NEED ME? IS MY PRESENCE OF ANY VALUE? DO MY OPINIONS COUNT? 

Will I be able to make a mark in my lifetime or will I be a faceless entity on mother earth like these :

It is unusual to sit like this with our eyes not knowing where the path leads and such people lose their identity…. lost on others, their absence not affecting people around them… No!! what would that life be? I do not want it  like that.

Amid all this depressing state of mind, a sudden query from my daughter :

“Mamma, why does God create difficulties for us? Doesn’t HE love us?”

And my reply brought some sense back to my disturbed mind. I told her that God always loves us but just keeps testing us about how we handle ourselves in different situations, whether we are prepared for much more difficult problems. Its our responsibility to emerge successfully from trying times all the while keeping faith in HIM that he will not let us falter. HE will find some way to make our existence useful. We will flourish and enjoy attention from our dear ones just like this unusual palm tree:

उम्र-कैद

असत्य के जाल में बंध कर,
अविश्वास की बेड़ियों में उलझ कर,
ईर्ष्या की अग्नि में झुलस कर,
आक्रोश की आंधी में अटक कर,
अपने आस्तित्व को ,
गुंथा लेते हैं सभी,
कहाँ उन्मुक्त हो कर,
उल्हास आने देते हैं सभी?
अपनी ही बनाई सीमाओं में,
बंदी हो जाते हैं सभी,
व्यर्थ ही अपना जीवन
उम्रकैद बना लेते हैं सभी…..

In search of paradise….

Though I have already published this poem on my blogger blog but now that I am using WordPress, I thought of putting it up here. So read on ….

Every day I wander,

in this maze…

of meaningless fear,

and senseless anger.

of unnerving pain,

and blissful comfort.

of poignant solitude,

and effervescent company.

of hearty laughter ,

and heart-rending tears.

of moral duties,

and wanton desires.

of deep devotion ,

and unshakeable faith.

of unfathomed love,

and complete surrender.

I falter and stumble

and tired I rest,

only to rise

and wander again….

to search paradise!!!

Mirror, mirror on the wall….

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

who is the richest of all?

Oh, it is them,

 who enjoy in their scarcity,

who share in their poverty!

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

who is the happiest of all?

Oh, it is them,

who brave all calamity,

 and laugh in adversity!

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

who is the most content of all?

Oh, it is them,

who work hard with integrity

and believe in almighty!

O! mirror, mirror,

what about me?

 Dear, oh! dear

Don’t you understand,

You are the blessed of them all!

‘coz you have nothing to fear,

or mourn the loss of a dear.

‘coz you are not tied,

with shackles of poverty,

or the blow of adversity!

But mirror, mirror

something’s amiss!

The mirror sighed,

then replied….

Oh, dear,dear..

But that is your doing!

For you yourself string,

a web of worry!

Have a little more faith..

Life would be bliss!!