Love

Love came to her unannounced
Gently tiptoeing
Tucking flowers in her unruly hair
Imbueing her eyes with faraway dreams
Making her feet dance to an unheard melody
Her lips twitching to a smile every now and then
Her heartbeat tattooing just one name in her chest
Making her garrulous and tongue-tied in turns
Keeping her wide awake at nights
Talking to the lonesome moon
Fireflies as her handmaidens
The night owl chaperoning her
No human tongue made any sense
Nature spoke to her in myriad tongues
Love can do many strange things
But the first flush of love
Can leave anyone delirious.

Don’t Try to Read What’s Not Written (revisited)

I laugh hard and loud,

But that does not mean I like crass.

I am comfortable in my skin

Don’t try to make me feel guilty.

I smile often and spontaneously,

But it is not inviting.

I speak my mind very often

I can’t help you find my candour intimidating.

I look at you directly when I talk,

It does not say, ” Come hither”.

If I go out for lunch with you,

It is that; just a meal together.

An invitation for drinks,

Should end at just that.

If I accept your compliment graciously,

I am taking it at face value.

You too do that.

Life is too complicated.

Don’t complicate it further,

By reading meaning

Where there is none.

I am tired of games,

Let’s play it straight for a while.

Universal Berceuse

The soothing voice was mesmerising

Though the tongue was indistinct and unknown

As the young mother sang the lullaby

To put her baby to sleep

It reawakened so many bittersweet memories

I curled myself into a fetal ball

Letting her melody wash over me

Cleansing my battered body and tattered soul.

Her sweet voice reminiscent of the warm embrace of mother

And her gentle hand on the brow

Yearning as I was for a healing touch

I could feel tears course down my cheeks

Her universal berceuse gradually rocked me to deep slumber

Cradling my fragile self tenderly

As the lullaby carried me home.

Journey thus far…

As I look back at my journey so far

After having reached the half way mark

I think of all that has happened

And wonder about all that is going to happen.

I realise life is not a profit and loss game

Where you tally the loss against gain.

It has been an illuminating process,

Learning and unlearning by osmosis.

At times life gave me some hard knocks

At others, I easily surmounted stumbling blocks.

Gaining friends as I carried forward,

Losing some loved ones moving onwards.

I don’t know exactly what future has in store

But I am prepared to lose some more for sure.

With age comes equanimity and acceptance

And the realisation of life’s impermanence.

I have let go of regrets as well as fear of retribution

Focusing more on making a contribution

For all that I have taken till the present moment

It’s time to give back without a lament

This is how life goes on

I’ve learnt to take things head on.

It’s Kinda Complicated (revisited)

The moment I fell in love with you

I gave you my heart willingly

Asking for nothing in return.

But

Perhaps

I wanted you to love me back

Spend time with me

Call me

Return my calls

Understand me

Understand my moods

Understand my PMS

Live up to my expectations

Surprise me

Gift me

Cook for me

Treat me like a queen

Never argue

Never doubt

Love my dog

Watch football with me

There are maybe a couple of more things

(I’ll write them when I remember)

Was it too much to ask??

Blogging Chums Award

The Blogging Chums Award is given to particularly brilliant bloggers who are really providing something special to the community, either through their writing or the way they engage with other people: they’re just brilliant! The award was created by Robert at The Non-Alcoholic Student.

Blogging chums award

Here are the rules:

1. Be sure to use the award image!
2. List the rules & about paragraph!
3. Thank whoever nominated you!
4. Write a letter to someone who means a lot to you to spread some positivity around the Internet – anyone will do!
5. Nominate 5-10 more people for the award and go let them know about it in their comments!

Dear fellow bloggers,

Greetings! This is a gratitude post. There are so many things that make me rave and rant but today I won’t do that. Today I want to focus on all that is wonderful.
First of all I want to thank Karen for this wonderful opportunity. Most of you know her well. Those who don’t, let me tell you that she is a fantastic human being full of love and warmth beside being an accomplished, published poet, a cancer survivor, a marathon runner, a mental health warrior, a loving wife and a wonderful mom. Please visit her blog if you haven’t visited before.
This blog would never have existed but for the insistence of one friend…my childhood chum. The writing habit was encouraged by a fantastic group of school friends who read what I write avidly and are my biggest support system. For almost two years I would share a link on Whatsapp and they would give their feedback there. They still continue to do so.

Around mid January I started responding to the Daily Prompts and the support and encouragement I received, blew me away. I am grateful to each one of you who follows me. It means a lot to me.

I haven’t followed back most of you, but believe me, I visit the blogs of all of you who follow me. It will not be possible to thank you all individually but my life is enriched by your words…your verses, your stories, your personal journeys and battles, your recipes and photos make me laugh, smile, cry, wonder and live a more fulfilled life and I am learning so much everyday. Even from the spam! 😉

Thank you so much all of you for being who you are and touching my life. Some of you are my heroes, some friends and some kindred souls. Forever indebted to you all for opening new vistas for me.

Love you all.

Punam

P.S – I am nominating all of you.

Soul Searching (revisited)

We are so wrapped up in our body,

We often tend to forget,

It’s just a covering for our core, our soul.

We are so busy starving our body,

It slips our mind,

To properly feed our soul.

We are offended by those who shame our body,

That we overlook,

Those who wilfully scar our soul.

A lifetime is spent placating others

That we have no time

For things that can heal our soul.

We often resort to various means to perfect our body

So that we can flaunt it,

But do we ever try to find a balm to soothe our soul?

It is not boldness to reveal body,

Anyone can do it.

It requires courage to reveal your soul.

Everything is ephemeral, including this body

Yet we keep tending to it,

Often forgetting the eternal nature of our soul.

Nourish and take care of your body,

For it houses life force

But never forget to ensure you have a well-fed soul.

I love you not (a ghazal)

You look like a vision I had often dreamt of

To hold you in my arms is all I can think of

But take you in my arms, I will not

Let me confess, I love you not.

This exquisite pain that you have given me

By denying to have anything to do with me

Fills me with longing, but worry not

Let me confess, I love you not.

Life is not worth living if you are not there

What charm has world if you are not there

Don’t worry, your image I will tarnish not

For let me confess, I love you not.

Love is not love if it is unrequited

If two hearts to meet are not excited

Togetherness for them is meant not

Let me confess, I love you not.

The day you start have feelings for me

When you think you cannot live without me

I know that day will come not

Let me confess, I love you not.