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April 1 2014: NaPoWriMo Poem 1


Dark glasses with an oversized rim, covered his eyes

So did he think, as he sat firm and erect across the table

She saw her own frail reflection in his glasses, and wondered how time flies!

Tired and graceless she gazed at him, he was hurried yet ready and stable…


He spread the sheets of paper with a swiftness she hasn’t seen

Lifted a pen and signed across the dotted lines

With a readiness, that she thought was so intense and keen

Not a moment’s stare, not a minute hesitation- was he indeed all fine?


She grabbed the pen from his confines; it was her turn for the ritual

Straightened out the paper; hands cold and fingers trembling

She stared at the nib, rubbed the ink off the tip, indeed some residuals

Buying time, for him to utter something… anything closely welcoming


From behind those dark glasses, he saw the pen slowly move towards the paper

In silence he cried out, his eyes giving away in pain, as tears clouded

Every ounce of energy drained, every ounce of hope tapered

But today was his master act; he had to be strong, brazen and grounded…


She tapped the pen, flattened the sheets, scratched her hand and did all she could

And mustered up the courage to ask ”Do you want me to sign here?”

Turning away, said he” I have work to do, people to feed”, stepping up his act, as he stood

“Do you really want me to sign here?”, retorted she, pulling her last act in dire


He gazed back at her with a fury untold, “You asked for it every day, remember?”

“I wanted you to fight for me, not give up” she yelled back with face so red

Silence followed, it was hard to grapple, his master act crumbling in the centre

“Have no time for future that is bleak” said he, as he became the actor instead


She stood up with poise so dignified, nodding firmly with the sheets of paper folded

“Yes, find a future that isn’t bleak and buy darker shades next time”

And he stood there, remembering why he wed her in the first place!


Let me feel, let me fall

NaPoWriMo Poem 8


Autumn has come

And the leaves are falling

To the bare blank branches

but fragrant colorful roads


Let me feel too

Let me fall if I have to

Into your open arms

Into your memory lane

Deeply and infinitely etched


Autumn has come

And the leaves are falling


let me feel too

Let me fall if I have to

Straight on the ground

not on the bed of roses

not into your arms, may be


even if I  hurt myself

I would have lived a life

let me feel too

Let me fall if I have to



NaPoWriMo Poem 7


Random Guide !

They met at the crossroads

He, confused about the road to take

She, offering him to be his guide


They walked through the winding roads

Day and night together

She showed him castles and lakes

He took her on a ferry ride

She showed him the eerie dark woods

He pitched a tent under the splendid round moon

She spoke incessantly, random and non random

He made her laugh, her heart out

She woke him up to the morning pink light

He stood awake to show her the sunrise

She gave a shoulder

He put his arm around

She felt something in the air

He felt something in the air too


As the winding roads reached the foot hill

an end a new beginning thought she

Waiting eagerly for him to turn back


He walked past, with a smile to kill

Waving at his girl pal waiting for him

Joining her hand in hand


Only to turn back and say “ Thanks for being a nice guide !”

NaPoWriMo Poem 6


Light travels fast

But my mind travels faster


To places we have been

To memories we have built

To the gazes we have exchanged

That cannot be spoken aloud

To the laughs we have shared

That cannot be imitated around


Light travels fast

But my mind travels faster

To all that is us !


What they ever mean to you,

I shall never know

For we are points on the graph

Travelling on parallel planes

Close, but never together


What they ever mean to me,

You never wanted to know

For I am just a wallflower, mutable

NaPoWriMo Poem 5


“I want  out” said the girl

“So do I” screamed the guy

In heat of the moment they left

moments later, only to feel utterly bereft


“It aint easy to move away” said the girl

“Yes it isn’t” echoed the guy

They patched up their differences

back together hand in hand, in pure silence


“I want  out” said the girl

“So do I” screamed the guy

words now sounded harsh loaded with power

As they tore each other apart, till it turned sour


“It aint easy to move away”, said the girl

“Yes it isn’t”, echoed the guy

They moved back together

As they struggled to let go off each other


“I want  out” said the girl

“So do I” screamed the guy

There is no more love here, they realized

And decided to give a closure, in a way civilized


“It aint easy to move away”, said the girl

“Yes it isn’t”, echoed the guy

They reached out at times of need

but their grand plans to stay away didnt succeed


“I want  out” said the girl

“So do I” screamed the guy

Trying to forget the the memories made and moments shared

For they have to let go to free themselves, as they cared


“It aint easy to move away”, said the girl

“Yes it isn’t”, echoed the guy

They spoke for old times sake

And the merry go round never ends, what an ache !

NaPoWriMo poem 4

Using the Prompt – A poem that has a rhyming sequence and that is a Sea Shanty…

Though my poem is not a true shanty, it has a Sea theme and i have explored a rhyming sequence too !


We will sail through this one too



Lo and behold, the sea is turning wild and rough

Can we sail through this,

or we going to hit a deep trough !


The winds are blowing stronger by the second

Ready to tear us down

and with every sway, my fears are turning more fecund


The pregnant clouds are crying out in pain

Waters rising high;

honk out baby, we can no more feign !


The roaring thunder seems to say “u r damned eternally”

Deafening my senses,

Muted I am, for my mind is in a dilly dally


But baby, the glow in your eyes, like a beacon fire

the grit in your poise,

lights a spark of hope even in such deep dire ….



Lo and behold, the sea is turning wild and rough

But baby, Worry not,

We will sail through this one too, stay tough !


The ferocious sea may seem to devour us

But stay together tight,

for this shall too pass without a fuss


The weather has turned worse without a warning

turbulent and unkind

letting us believe there’s no darning


But baby, There are going to be days like this,

when tides rise high, winds blow stronger

taking us in a tumultuous surprise


But never let the sparkle in your eyes die,

Loosen up your collar,

And hold your head always high


For there is a beauty in this storm too!

Watch the nature unleash its fullest glory

With naked eyes wide open, for we are the lucky few !


Baby worry not,

stay together tight

we will sail through this one too


World of Lies !

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 !

NaPoWriMo Poem 2:


I am good at long distance relationship, they say

Especially when they need me most at nights

But too many hands handle me

Many a times, I am thrown, manhandled, shoved

and even crushed by the weights

I feel safe and at peace when I fall onto your lap

You are always happy to have me home

With the same comfort and coziness you embraced me first!


With you, I feel

 April is the National Poetry Month, so i am gonna write a poem every day. for the next 30 days. First time getting into such stuff so be kind if i run into failures.. ! All days are not days to write a poem but i shall be honest and try !

(NaPoWriMo 1)

With you, i fell

Breaking the eerie valley’s stillness

As we sped through the winding roads

Gaping at the glorious round moon

I let the cool wind rush over my face

Along with your voice,

When you asked ‘how do you feel?’


Soaking in the vastness of the ocean

As we strolled along the white shore

Counting the waves rising from the center

I let the warm waters caress my feet

Along with your voice,

When you asked ‘how do you feel?’


Laughing our hearts out with aimless talks

As we sat atop a lofty secret place

Watching the shapely dark clouds drift apart

I let the sneaky pink light of the dawn stroke me

Along with your voice,

When you asked ‘how do you feel?’

Getting immersed in the grind of the work

As we roamed the crowded noisy streets

Checking off our to-do lists

I let the scorching sun embrace me

Along with your voice,

When you asked ‘how do you feel?’

Plunging into the harmony of the night world

As we dined under the star studded sky

Sharing our favorite drink across the table

I let the cozy darkness wrap me tight

Along with your voice,

When you asked ‘how do you feel?’


Pondering over the question, I realized,

With you,

I am vibrant and present

I am whole and aware

I am in the moment

No matter where we are, what we do…

With you

I feel limitless and one

And Yes I found the word

With you I feel, Infinite

I cannot imagine the future, but I care about it. I know I am a part of a story that starts long before I can remember and continues long beyond when anyone will remember me. I sense that I am alive at a time of important change, and I feel a responsibility to make sure that the change comes out well. I plant my acorns knowing that I will never live to harvest the oaks.

Daniel Hillis

In our day-to-day lives, there are few simple things that goes largely unnoticed or uncared for but does make us feel awesome and brings a smile on our face.

– Spotting a green signal on the road and successfully racing towards the cross section.
– Admiring yourself in the mirror.
– Picking a cute dress and holding it tightly when all the prying eyes look at the selection enviously (A sense of triumph :))
– When your mobile phone flashes the name of the person you like/love to talk to
– when you spot a friend happily dosing off in the class and you take a pic !
– Tasting bits and pieces of food while cooking it, esp while you do the cooking yourself .
– Trying to secretly grab and eat some food while everyone’s waiting for the puja to get over
– When all the eyes in the room follow you and you try to look away.
– The fresh smell of the morning coffee.
– 4 am conversations with your best friend.
– Listening to the national anthem or singing it with a large crowd
– A Self pep talk – Talking to yourself/sending self emails
– Finally spotting the thing that you were searching for.
– Quietly spanking your little sis/bro and seeing them burst into a whine.
– Waking up in the early hours just to know that you have couple of more minutes/hours to sleep through
– Spotting the right bus from a long distance
– Counting down for the exams to get over/ for the holidays to begin
– The gloomy sky and the first smell of the rain drops as they hit the dry earth.
– When someone buys your petty fabricated excuses.
– Actually making a well cooked maggi with a proper consistency !!!

Whats your addition to this list !!!

Your eyes says it all

Dining under the bright moon light,
The soft breeze and the twinkling stars of a quiet night
Away from the crowd, away from the noises
In our silent world, with peace and poise.

In your eyes I see the unspoken words of your heart
All the unsaid endearments you wish to impart
Your eyes caress me, deeply and intensely
Piercing through the layers of my soul, fiercely.

Nothing do I hear, not the sounds of the waves
Not the chatters; my serene soul is your slave
There are no words to utter, no words to please
Still and unmoved, the silence in the air stirs my knees

I look into your eyes, eyes that look back into mine
Eyes that fill me with passionate desire, making me pine
Eyes that feel me with a longing want
As they speak of a thousand things that haunts.
All your hopes, dreams and your wishes too
They tell of your heart`s desire and your love so true.

The soft sparkles, the warmth and the glow,
I am caged in your gaze, lost in the ocean’s flow. .

In our world words have no meanings
Never have we said ‘love’, to reinstate the feeling.
I read your eyes and so you do
Never do we trust the words and the sounds too

Silence is powerful, it is the language that we seek
For we can neither hear nor speak,
I only need your eyes on me
As your intense eyes says it all!

– Sowmya

Disclaimer: just a creative piece, Haven’t found a a person who cannot talk nor hear to explore the silence with.


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

—- My fav poem !

Lessons learnt

Being relatively young, with no major geographical/personal commitments, i tend to look at life with a wider perspective and this is an attempt to review few things.

Every interaction is an experience, through whatever medium it may be. And every experience is a learning in itself. They offer us a great insight.

So i have just compiled a few lessons that i have learnt out of my most powerful experiences

Be vibrant and alive:

1. Try new and varied things, and be comfortable being different (and in fact proud)
2. Go white space: Challenge what you or others would love to see happen, but might consider impossible.
3. Take cold and wild-shots: people just might say Yes!
4. Explore and experiment – when you feel you have no clue about something, just plunge, it’s easier to learn and execute without any preconceived notions.

Be valuable and worthy

1. Try and sketch all patterns in which you can fit the pieces together, esp those which other ppl fail to notice.
2. Stay abstract, stay sane: It’s is absolutely fine if you do not know all the details. Sometimes it is better to let go of wanting to know ‘why’
3. Search for harmony and happiness in every action of yours but it’s enough if you are just aware of your weaknesses.
4. Master the art of leverage: every experience builds on the other
5. Let go of wanting to to be right always and wanting to be approved.
6. Observe more: Remember when you try hard to control a situation, in turn you are allowing yourself to be controlled by the situation. (this is something i am working on ;))

Be floating

1. Sell yourself: not wanting to be arrogant does not mean you shouldn’t speak about yourself. Practice Humble arrogance.
2. No regrets: Begin/stay with something only if you know what you want, and if you can take responsibility for it.
3. Lead with your heart more than your mind. ( your heart knows what you want.)
4. Emotions are just reflections, You are not the emotions!.Try to not bring emotions into decisions.

Be insane

1. Explore your fun side and keep in touch with the child in you ( do not feel embarrassed or less professional or less matured just ‘cos you shed your professional demeanor sometimes)

Be mysterious

1. Do not reveal everything, an element of surprise is attractive be it in human relationships, or business or work.

( I will keep editing this post as i derive more lessons out of my life. After all writing helps us understand ourselves better)

So do you have something more to the list???

What will you do ?

How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?

Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?

Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?

Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?

Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?

Will you bluff it out when you’re wrong, or will you apologize?

Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?

Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?

When it’s tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?

Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?

Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?

– Jeff Bezos

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