I am doing this NaPoWriMo, 30 days 30 poems challenge. It’s fun and getting interesting day by day..
I have used Day 2′s prompt “a poem that tells a lie” given by NaPoWriMo to pen my 3rd poem..
World of lies !
“Every religion says the same” said you sternly
when I fought with a kid for he called the Bible better than the Gita
I was 5 then
“God is all one, Temple or Mosque or Church” said you kindly
When I was intrigued by the colorful pictures of tombs in my text book
I was 7 then
“Language is just a tool to express” said you firmly
when I questioned worriedly, as people branded me as ‘Tam’ at school
I was 9 then
“Wow, every Culture has its richness” said you cheerfully
when we toured the flamboyant palaces of Jaipur and studied the stories
I was 11 then
“Why not try new cuisine, its fun” said you adventurously
When we struggled to find our staple food in the Cold freezing Srinagar
I was 13 then
“Call them all for Diwali, lets celebrate” said you generously
When bro wanted to invite his overseas college friends home
I was 15 then
“People talk and unknown faces talk more” said you caringly
when I felt confused by the barrage of queries on my university choice
I was 18 then
“Explore girl, and you will adapt easily” said you chirpily
when I felt jittery taking my first steps on the flight abroad for my next degree
I was 21 then
“You make me proud! Discover life through your eyes ” said you proudly
when I convocated with flying colors ready to take on new challenges
I was 23 then
And now I stand before you, wishing to
Visit cathedrals and find out what it looks like
Read Gita and Bible together
Express in French too, for it sounds musical
Try out new cuisines
Discover the richness of other cultures
Show how we celebrate Diwali
Explore newer horizons
And discover life through my eyes
And I am 25 now
And you, ma, look at me and say a ‘No’ harshly for
His faith lies in a different religion that indeed says the same
He believes in the god that resides in Churches
He expresses in a language that sounds different
He eats food that is not staple to us
His culture has a different flavour
He doesn’t know how to celebrate Diwali
And you tell me the known and unknown faces will talk!
And you tell me I cannot adapt !
And you tell me I don’t make you proud anymore !
Well, to the world of lies I was raised in !