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A Prayer to Live and Let Live

Dear Lord,

Help me behold the beautiful sun

smell the wonderful smells

hail the courage to find my truth

and tell my insecurities Goodbye

for the good of my own soaring heart

for its natural course is a free fall of faith and compassion

for the acts and dreams of all including

my daughters sisters and fathers

Let my fears be the compass for my path ahead

than letting them turn into arrogance

of a self-proclaimed power on the souls of else.

Guide me away from wasting my precious time

in controlling another’s reign

and to see humor in life

For this beautiful day won’t return

and this strength would burn

So inspire me to run while I’ve got my breath

and run far and free

for the mysterious horizons I secretly long for.

Yours Sincerely

 

P.S.:- Here’s to the hope of us realizing the importance of allowing ourselves and others, the courage and humor to follow one’s bliss and instincts so that we have more free-thinkers and creatives and less mediocre slaves of the society.

I am doing a 30 Days series of Poems on ‘Humanity’… This is my poem for Day 14 (Will soon edit and post the poems for rest of the days.) (Poem for Day 13 is here.)

Chasing Sunlight

Chasing Sunlight

For us

children of the sky

the Caravan of sun

brings the parade

of light

black purple

purple blue

blue something

and with it

hope for

warmth life

mostly warmth

The hope blooms

as comes orange

comes yellow

soft and fuzzy like a fur coat should be

I let it spread all over me like love

speck by speck, inch by inch

I absorb

every morsel

savor it cherish it

on my finger tips my nose

my toes my entire being

We connect we play

it walks I follow

it runs I chase

but then it really starts to run home

I pursue but can’t keep up

my heart gasps and flutters

like a lover losing time

like a fish pulled out of water

I deliriously start grabbing snatching

putting handful of what’s left of it

in my mouth my heart my head

and wherever else I hope it would stay

that’s when reality hits me

and I stop

Exhale grief like a helpless child

watching his sand castle

washing into nothingness

hope flies fear knocks I run for cover

and try to bolt the door

the devil creeps in

crimson

blue black

black

sinister wind claims the throne

mad with new power

hissing in my ears

spreading like a creeper from my edges to my core

which cracks and oozes the spring of my weakness

that I try to wipe

with my threadbare sleeve which was at least dry

is now wet and cold

I shudder

fold my arms tighter

to curl into a cocoon

that I wish  will reverse its natural course

and vanish into nonexistence

of cruelty

that fiddles with me

till I break before the next dawn

This poem is about the emotional struggle that befalls countless homeless people out on the streets in cold and harsh winters . I hope it is able to stir thoughts of concern and actions among us, living on the right side of the street.

I am doing a 30 Days series of Poems on ‘Humanity’… This is my poem for Day 12 (Will soon edit and post the poems for rest of the days.)

With Love

Shivani Ahuja

True Virtues

True Virtues,

the paths, the roads we incessantly pursue.

For only True virtues can lead us to happiness

that is the innate destiny of us all.

 

Abundance,

a state of mind and heart, that suffices.

For out of Abundance arises unconditional love

that is all pervasive and extraordinary.

 

Love,

the ultimate answer to all our quandaries.

For when we let Love be the motivation for all our actions,

we don’t have to constantly think about what is the right thing to do.

 

Earnestness,

a path that we must find the courage to tread.

For Earnestness is an instinct for those who follow their heart

and pretense for those who give up.

 

Resilience,

a word of wisdom we must live by.

For amidst the whirlwinds of our outer and inner universes,

only Resilience can ensure the perpetuation of our true selves.

 

Patience,

a rock that we must make our minds to be.

For Patience is the door to those hidden treasures of the universe,

that we often walk past in the haste of our lives.

 

Hope,

a flower to be cherished.

For hope nurtures our faith in the awaited bliss

that we all ultimately wish to attain.

 

Bliss,

a virtue so wholesome.

For those who aim and learn to ‘be’ bliss,

attain all that is the innate destiny of us all.

 

I am doing a  series of Poems on ‘Humanity’… This is my poem for Day 11 (Will soon edit and post the poems for rest of the days.)

With Love

Shivani Ahuja

A Faceless Girl

Horrified,

when I see her lying partially naked,

half asleep or unconscious,

on a busy street of Block A’s market.

I die a little inside.

 

I halt,

give a closer look,

and my heart cringes

at the sight of her seemingly burnt stomach,

the permanently etched pain on her face.

 

I linger,

and scan myself for courage

to offer her aid.

But then I cower, walk past and pretend

that the last 30 seconds never occurred.

 

A whirlwind

takes over my mind,

and all I can notice is

naive kids picking rags,

not knowing what would become of them.

 

No reprieve

seems to meet

the wailing mother,

hiding her tears and

feeding her hungry child.

 

Supervision

seems to allude

the vulnerable little ones

running in half pants,

and may be enduring what they ought not.

 

No more

I can bear

the rhetoric of my mind,

and rush back to find

the faceless girl in Block A.

 

Gone!

No trace no sign.

Just the empty space

with her ghost in my mind

sitting in the very same corner.

 

I wonder

how she went,

where she had gone.

Thought of what might befall her,

pierces my heart through and through.

 

Ashamed!

For I just witnessed

my substandard reflexes bringing no aid,

and me wading each and every day, deluded,

through the mess of my own neglect.

 

Exasperated,

I prod myself.

Find my pretty logics cloaking conveniences,

too afraid to stand alone and up straight,

carrying the backbone of a coward.

 

Swear

to act upon it

one step at a time,

not frightening my fragile courage,

remembering that faceless face every time.

 

Hoping

that god forbid I come across

the same ghost in my life again,

I will have the courage to stop

and bring her back to life.

 

This poem is about how we come across so many homeless people on the streets but just cant find the courage to lend a helping hand. I am doing a 30 Days series of Poems on ‘Humanity’… This is my poem for Day 10 (Will soon edit and post the poems for rest of the days.)

Also, in Response to Kim’s (Poets United) prompt of writing succinctly and boldly about a personal experience . Sorry for not keeping it under 100 words, but just had to write it all down to get it on the common grounds for all the readers.. I hope it makes us all find our courage for those in need.

With Love

Shivani Ahuja

A Smile For No Reason

I wake up,

stretch like a lazy cat in my bed,

and welcome my day with a smile for no reason.

 

I brush my teeth,

checkout myself in the mirror,

and flatter myself with a smile for no reason.

 

I read the newspaper,

say thanks to mom for the bowl of cereal.

She ruffles my hair with a smile for no reason.

 

I reach my office,

open the door to Mrs. frosty.

Though she looks obliged but she smiles for no reason.

 

He croons hello,

Mr Hotiie, the Analyst.

I laugh out loud and keep a daylong smile for no reason.

 

I pitch my work

to my boss in an hour.

He trashes it all with an empathetic smile and a reason.

 

I leave from work.

The kid in the next car

makes my day with an innocent smile for no reason.

 

I meet my friends

at a place not far.

We share a drink and reasons to smile for no reason.

 

I head home tired,

have food with my family.

My brother winks and gives his knowing smile for no reason.

 

Then I crawl to my bed,

crash and drift to sleep,

And what remains in my dreams is a smile for no reason.

 

With Love

Shivani Ahuja

I am doing a 30 Days series of Poems on ‘Humanity’.. This is my poem for Day 8 (Will soon post the poems for the days missed)

I am trying to be part of NaPoWriMo. This poem skips the day’s prompt, but I hope you all enjoy it.

An Illiterate’s Rhetoric

I am Hungry and Tired!

For I seldom get two square meals a day,

and I know not the feeling of a warm bed.

 

I am Weak and in Pain!

I am aware of the open wound on my left foot,

and I know not the difference between cold and wet!

 

I will outlet my anger as I deem fit!

For I can see the bones jutting out of my New Born,

and I don’t have the liberty to mourn or regret.

 

My pockets are empty!

For I am certain to have a waste of most of my days,

and I seldom get a handful of grain for a whole day’s sweat!

 

Do not run over me!

For I often have sky for a ceiling.

and I pray not falling of my seldom sheds.

 

I wish I wasn’t guilty!

But I steal and kill if I have no choice,

,and I beg and borrow if I select.

 

I will stand in the rain!

for I do not try to fit in as I know I’ll be banished!

and I can’t afford to stand up to the rules they set!

 

I must be Illiterate!

for it doesn’t read right what they ask to read between the lines

,but I believe what they say for they know best.

 

But Sometimes I wonder

Is it my hunger that makes me weak or do my weaknesses keep me hungry?

Am I weak coz I know not how to demand what I deserve?

Does my ignorance provoke me to the rage I resort to?

Does my lack of a pen make a perpetual hole in my pockets?

Don’t I deserve to make a shed that won’t fall?

Am I guilty for I am easy to be played to be so?

Do I stand in the rain just for the lack of my knowledge of the right paths?

Yes?

 

Well, then I really must be Illiterate

For even when I wonder,

I can only see my mind make an Illiterate rhetoric

,and know not how to answer the life’s test.

 

This poem is to spread awareness about the hardships that millions of people around the world have to face due to their inability to read and write. They have to bear Poverty, Long Term Illnesses, Social Exclusion, and Crime just because of their lack of awareness and and inability to protect themselves and demand their own basic rights.

With Love

Shivani Ahuja

I am doing a 30 Days series of Poems on ‘Humanity’.. This is my poem for Day 7

It is inspired by NaPoWriMo‘s prompt of writing a rhetorical poem.

Runaway Pride

I know

I must have been

wrong to have taken birth

and then wrong to have lived it through

I know.

 

I know

I caused them pain,

caused them misery too,

became the reason for discord

I know.

 

I ran

to hide from me,

escape another fight,

to lift my  abhorring shadow

I ran.

 

I cried

cold and lonely

hungry and terrified

no clue, no sight of morrow

I cried.

 

It rained

sorrows, assaults,

unnerving fearful thoughts,

easy hunger, sinister paths,

It rained.

 

Sought home,

for I was lost,

in pain and so afraid,

still couldn’t find my way back. I,

sought home.

 

I stood

facing the dark

swearing a morbid path

making callousness my very being

I stood.

 

I slept

a hundred dreams

and every hopeful thought.

I traded my soul and flesh while

I slept.

 

I saw

my mind losing

my body corrupting

watched my soul turn into a ghost.

I saw.

 

Gave up

every little hope,

faith in a smile and touch.

Grew colder by each summer, I

Gave up.

 

I die

every second,

with every breath I take,

knowing my existence is wrong

I die

 

Save me

If I survive

If you can show a light,

can bear my numbness enough, then

Save me.

 

Hold me

for I will cry

might try to run and hide,

won’t know how to come around, so

Hold me

 

Tell me

I was right to

have lived and to have fought,

no matter how grim it had been.

Tell me

 

Show me

how to love me

and how to live again.

If I haven’t slipped too far then

Show me.

 

This poem is dedicated to the street children of India, who strive to live everyday with their lost pride and identity. They are scarred due to incessant emotional and physical assaults and deprivations. They are often caught in a vicious circle of financial and emotional hardships and insecurities, and they lead their lives in a morbid state with hardly any or no assistance, supervision and guidance. I would also like to appreciate the efforts of young organisations like ‘Manavdhara – A Youth Social Organisation for Humanity‘ that take up the task of spreading awareness of and working towards such important issues.

 

With Love

Shivani Ahuja

 

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I am doing a 30 Days series of Poems on ‘Humanity’.. This is my poem for Day 5

It is inspired by NaPoWriMo‘s prompt of writing a Cinquain. I hope you all like it.