The Dilemma…

Sometimes the heart and the mind defy each other …in such conditions who should one listen to…

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Should one follow what the heart says or let the brain contemplate….

Like an impulsive child,

Demanding the one thing that he has been denied.

The constant buzzing of the bees trying to reach a flower,

That seems hidden from their view but still has an attractive power.

The charming glow of the pearly moon,

That attracts many but does not last till noon.

The heart wishes silently,

There is a longing, a soulful yearning,

Which at times results in nothing.

But deep inside it all resides…

The wishes, the dreams that cannot be defied.

The mind on the other hand,

Is like that determined ant,

Which on losing his trail still marches on with faith.

Like that ruthless cold-hearted lion,

Sneaking and conniving to catch its prey,

Knowing that no matter how much cruel it maybe is necessary to keep hunger at bay.

The mind reasons it all,

Providing explanations and logical representations.

Putting on a facade and calling it factual realism.

The  scales tip from one end to the other,

Creating misleading delusions of grandeur.

Walking on a thin line of seperation,

Swinging between the two choices of opinions.

It seems like a hard choice to make,

Should one – follow the heart’s way or let the mind win the game.

The Year Gone By…

A poem expressing feelings close to my heart…

Losing loved ones is never easy…but at times it is necessary to let go than to hold on.

As I sit reminiscing the year gone by,

The memories of the past days flash before my eyes.

A smile plays on the lips as I relive,

Wondering what was and what is.

Misunderstandings creep in with words unsaid,

That eventually seep through the bonds which were once the dearest.

The smile the presence which at one time mattered the most,

Now feels like a hazy memory… slowly fading as time goes.

Climbing stairs of personal achievements working more and more,

Reasoning that time for the other does not exist anymore.

Slowly the differences become glaringly evident,

Similarities that existed once are no longer prominent.

Doubts, judgements and lack of trust creep in,

We try, but there no longer exists that close understanding.

It is strange how circumstances brought about these changes,

All that lies between us now is strange talks, silence and awkardness.

They say that time has the power to heal all scars,

Slowly with it this sombre state too shall pass.
Things today may not be like what they were in the past,

But, if one day we do cross each other’s path,

I hope that we can look beyond our struggles our differences,

And share a smile…which maybe meaningless but touches our hearts.

Nature…A Source of Inspiration

In certain situations when we have no one to go to no solution to an ongoing problem it is in the nature…the natural elements around us that give us peace and inspire us.

Sometimes in times of adversity we find a source of hope for ourselves in the grandest creation of the supreme Lord.
Dark clouds suddenly emerge,

Taking away with it all the energy and the urge.

The warm sky suddenly looks very frightening,

The friendly sun rushes away to be replaced by nothing.

The sky seems a dark mixture of black and blue,

There is nothing in sight not even a shade or a silhouette.

Birds seem to have flown away too far,

There is a scary stillness around me yet not a soul to reach out for.

The trees stand motionless,

Not even a leaf stirs,

In the wake of the coming darkness.

A thunder sounds somewhere in the sky,

The heart pounds with it wondering,

What is to come and why?

There is no shelter in sight,

Nothing to protect me from the oncoming plight.

I look around with fear in my eyes,

The heart hoping beyond hope, fists clenched too tight.

Suddenly a harsh wind blows,

Shaking with it the momentary stillness that was before.

The elements that adjust to this change stay strong,

But those who try to defy it grow weak and fall off.

It dawns on me on seeing this sight,

I cannot escape whatever lies ahead,

No matter how much I struggle and fight.

It will test me, trouble me,

It will tire and scare me.

But,

Like the trees I must learn to stand strong and tall,

Like the leaves I must learn to adjust and move with the flow,

Lean but not fall.

Like the birds I must learn to look for a niche,

While preparing myself for all posibilities.

Like the sun I must learn to be patient and hold on,

For the dark clouds will ultimately move on…

Nature goes through stages similar to our emotions,

If one observes it carefully and with patience,

At times of uncertainty,

It can serve as…a source of inspiration.

Best of Friends…

Good friends are hard to come by…this poem is dedicated to all the beautiful friendships that demand nothing but in return give us lots of happiness and love.

It is often said that friends are the extended family that care for us and support us…they are our support system who guide us help us and if need be they even scold us. 

At times we wonder,

On meeting certain strangers,

That there is a certain invisible bond,

The existence of which is mysteriously strange but at the same time strong.

We do not know each other, we have never met,

After all we are completely strangers, but yet,

That first interaction and the pleasing formal demeanour,

Is soon replaced by friendly fights and constantly speaking to each other.

There are times when we feel extremely lonely,

In such moments their company gives us a sense of relief and safety,

They feel like our extended family.

Staying up late at night, catching up with each other,

Sharing the days events, laughing at things that do not matter.

At times we argue, we ignore each other,

But at the end of the day we end up at each other’s door.

We laugh, we cry, we share our feelings,

And at times make fun of the meaningless gossips.

We are not bonded by blood,

But this bond is so strong that little misunderstandings can not break it up.

One knows deep inside,

That no matter how much we fight,

We always wish for the best for each other in our hearts and mind.

We cannot see each other in pain,

And anything that hurts one,

The other ensures that it never does so again.

Such friends are hard to come by,

But when they do, do not let them pass you by.

They are the ones who understand you best,

Especially at times when you do not expect it from the rest,

Cause after all we are the best of friends.

What If…

There are times when we are sure of what we want yet our mind and our heart leads us to question what if.

Our decisions…our faith is often clouded by this one thought…what if…which has the power to shake us from the very core and make us doubt things.

Choices to make and hurdles to face,

Raising many questions testing one’s faith.

A passing thought that trickles through my mind,

It may seem small but its power can not be denied.

What if?

Strangers turn to friends and friends turn to enemies,

Learning to live life, developing our own personal strategies.

Parents grow old as children get stronger,

So many changes around us making it hard to figure out the bigger picture.

No matter how determined we might seem,

The mind creates its own delusional scene.

What if?

Doubts and confusions creating a mirage,

Making one doubt themselves and their hidden power.

What if I made a wrong choice, a wrong start?

What if I am not able to follow my chosen path?

It is in moments like these that we feel weak,

Our strength seems drained and the future seems bleak.

We all aim high and have many aspirations,

Some we manage to achieve and for others we need sources of inspiration.

So why question what if?

Why not live each moment as what it is.

Nobody can take from us which is truly ours,

It may seem far for a moment but is not beyond our reaching power.

Lets not raise the question what if,

Lets not create a state of misery which makes it hard for us to live.

Lets laugh, love and be happy,

Cherish each moment and make beautiful memories.

Cause each one of us is truly unique,

And so is this life’s journey that we must happily live.

Embracing Uncertainties…

It is not easy to let go but at times there are things in life that are hard to understand and one must learn to embrace this uncertainty with time.

We meet many people in life some stay and some leave us…their departure is as mysterious as their arrival is for us…

It seems like a long distance to cover,

There is no sign of an approaching destination yet,

And not a person hovers.

Alone and uncertain but strongly determined,

I take a few steps forward and the journey begins.

Two steps further,

It looks like there is some movement in the direction ahead,

A few steps more and it seems like someone is in need of help.

I extend a hand in their direction,

Desperate hands in return pull me and cling on with exasperation.

After many failed attempts and struggles the help is a success,

We dust ourselves and continue walking the distance together.

We walk a few miles hand in hand,

Suddenly, I stumble and come to a halting stand.

I am left behind stuck in a struggle,

But the rest continue walking forward not missing the fallen member.

I put on a smile, brush myself,

And continue my journey as if in a state of slumber.

After a long walk alone and overcoming many hurdles,

I come to a halt again by seemingly unknown obstacles.

An invisible push from unknown hands leads me on,

They smile at me and encourage me to walk on.

I smile back at them with an assurance,

That I will definitely pass on this chain of love and compassion.

Life is a journey in which we meet many people,

Some leave and some stay with us forever.

Some give us hope , some leave us in misery,

But it is upto us which one do we choose to save in our memory.

For each one has their own importance,

No matter what the condition be,

Stay honest, happy, realistic and learn to embrace life’s uncertainty.

Hidden Blessings of Life…

At times we overlook little things in life but in reality the true beauty lies in recognizing them and their worth.

There are many small incidents and occurences that act as a source of hope, love and care…

There are little things in life that we overlook,

They may seem small and insignificant but their true value needs to be carefully understood.

Be it a friendly smile or a loving gesture,

From a known person or from a complete stranger.

The affectionate touch of a mother,

And at times the seemingly harsh words of a father.

That strange feeling that follows a friendly fight,

Which often pushes one to reconcile.

The golden rays of sunlight peeping from behind black clouds,

The moon’s charming glow lightening up even the darkest unfriendly grounds.

The cool breeze under the shade of that crooked tree on a scorching sunny day,

That stiff cold butterfly that when kept in the sun regains the strength to fly again.

A candle’s wick burning so strong,

Even in the presence of that dark dangerously wild storm.

Love, hope and care is needed from time to time,

They come in different forms throughout the many stages of life.

Sometimes in state of confusion, at times in state of despair,

One has to look for them, cause they are always there.

It is in moments like these that we often realize,

There is so much to be grateful for and many endless surprise.

Cause these are the hidden blessings of life,

They are priceless and demand only to be felt and recognized.

Why Hide…

We need to throw away our external covers and for once embrace our true inner self.

We often put up a happy front when inside we are struggling to come to terms with reality…

Feels like a distant place, a land unknown,

Surrounded by familiar faces still feeling alone.

Some with smiles on their faces and some with grief,

Each with a story of their own, searching for relief.

A question that often burns through my mind,

With so many underlying emotions wringing one’s soul,

What is it that we are trying to hide?

Is being strong and putting up a facade,

The only way to bear the pain that is tearing us apart.

Why not let others see who we truly are?

And what is it that crosses our heart?

Or are we so scared of rejection,

That it prevents us from showing our imperfections.

Why not feel free and let our emotions flow,

Lets not hide behind a mask anymore.

Life is too short to repent and lament,

Just like crying is not always a sign of weakness.

Conflicts, struggles, pain and sorrow will find their way,

But one must find in themselves that source of motivation,

The patience, the strength, the inner light to guide them.

The Beginnings and the Ends…

The thought of loosing something or someone that is precious to us causes us a lot of pain…we know the rule of life everything that starts must come to an end…yet it seems so hard to understand.

It is a crude connection,

One that requires no explanation.

For everything that has a beginning,

Has an equally emotional ending.

It maybe one that has a beautiful start,

Which eventually leaves one scarred.

It maybe one that kills a heart,

Yet leads to something beyond our power.

A relation that is hard to understand,

Against which we cannot take a stand.

Winning and loosing, life and death,

Are part and parcel of what we get.

They say in loosing lies the true appreciation,

For all that we have, yet give no consideration.

It has a beauty of its own,

Something that requires time to be known.

For if there is pain and sorrow,

There is also happiness that will follow.

Since life is a journey that we must travel,

Enjoying its mysteries and secrets as they unravel.

That One Sided Love…

Sometimes we fall for those who we can never have. A poem expressing the feelings we go through when we look at them though we are aware that they can never be ours…

A poem of love… Love that brought your emotions on surface… Love that you could never call yours…

One look at you after all this time,

Is enough to bring back old memories of mine.

Those awkward yet caring moments,

That were followed with silence only to be broken with a smile.

The warmth of your hand next to mine sitting close,

The little arguments that were over before the night dawned.

Speaking with just a glimpse of an eye,

Gestures conveying more feelings than spoken words.

Looking at you yet keeping a distance,

Controlling the overflowing emotions with persistence.

Knowing all along what my heart wants,

Yet holding myself back cause you are out of bounds.

Unexpectedly charming, alluring, mysteriously warm,

These feelings are hard to express yet fiercely strong.

Each moment spent with you is now etched in my memory,

Sometimes I reminiscence in them and smile to myself in glory.

For it is hard to fall in love with the one you can not call yours,

But the strength of one sided love is too strong to ignore.

These feelings often surface bringing the memories to shore,

But with it lies the magic of love,

Which comes knocking unexpectedly at our doors.