I am an unwelcome intruder in my own citadel
my diligently built fortress run over by night crawlers
a glare, a scowl, a stare
I slink back sheepishly to nowhere!

Bent busily over their machines, they go about their operations
making me feel utterly useless and unwanted as they finish their assignments
the day time squatters of my prime property
banish me from my own domain with alacrity!

No laundry, no dishes, no talking or sleeping
mute and invisible, hands on for trouble shooting
I am their safety valve but the roiling in my inner
like the pressure cooker on constant simmer!

My feelings crest and crash regularly
delight on a vacation, sleep is of late, a foe
restlessness and angst come and go
I laugh, live and love despite the gnawing hollow!

The dark night of my soul has never been darker than now
there seems no heuristic approach
I need a break from the cacophony of familial obligations
I look for satisfaction, am tired of reconciliations!

I don’t care what’s right or wrong
I won’t try to understand
let the devil take tomorrow
But tonight I need a friend and how!

The answers are all there within for a picking
no matter the darkness all around
chin jutting out, head held high
I embark on inwards journey with a sigh.

The doors are dark and open with difficulty
the burgeoning clouds of despair mar my sight
yet I espy clear sky, onwards I move resolutely
In 2021 I wake up to redefining my identity.


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79 thoughts on “WTH, WFH!

  1. High spirited poem. This made me feel to pack my bags and embark on the journey through these gates which await for my arrival. πŸ˜€
    Thank you for this motivating and inspiring poem.

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  2. Such beautiful strength shines through in your words Punam my dear! ❀️ My heart relates, a new period of self-discovery and redefining your identity! πŸ₯°πŸ€—β€οΈπŸŒΉ

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  3. Such a great poem, Punam. Many of us know that feeling. A song popped into my head. You can probably guess the one.

    Do you know, it also reminded me of Covid and being confined helplessly to a hospital bed and that long, slow process of recovery. Weird, I know.

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  4. wow – this one completely went over my head when I read it the first time. I had to read it a couple of times before I kinda got it. I wonder whether that is a sign that I do not identify!

    But you capture the emotions so well!

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    1. Lol Shiwani! Not everyone may identify. It is my personal struggle with the rest of the family invading ‘my’ space and life. I need to be away from them for sometime!
      Thanks so much.


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