Friday, December 9, 2011

Searching for happiness

Sorry I've been off blogger for so long. 12th class exams are persistent nags. The datesheet above my desk has been ticking like a time bomb ever since it arrived. Studying for exams and lots of other events have kept me on high stress mode for a while now. It got to the point when I was literally running away from studies, something I don't normally do. I went to watch a movie right before the exams and even that didn't make my stress go down. This particular post I'm writing about one thing that helped, in a small way, during those busy days - A visit to the park. I wrote this when I was there and even if it doesn't qualify as a poem, it still brings a smile to my face when I read it. I won't bore you with all the thoughts that were in my mind at the time, but honestly, each line has a lot of ideas behind it.

The quiet secrets we miss

Not all of life's pleasures
advertise themselves ostentatiously
with full page spreads and exclusive jingles.
Some hide, in the fringes of our daily life,
in the quieter corners of our memories.
A sunlit, tree lined driveway.
A broad, uncongested road
with space shared by cars and trees.
A few stray dogs searching for bare sustenance.
Lamposts, peeking from the tree tops, watching solemnly.

It is quiet inside the park.
Man and animal share the grass and sunlight.
Little children hold their grandparents' hands
straining to fly, and meet every squirrel, sparrow and butterfly.
They can find new things in every flower of the same bush.
Many others, young and old, walk by my bench,
their feet crunching the sand in different rhythms, fast and slow.
Some are game enough to play games with the children
or to throw food for the animals perched ready.

But it is not silent.
People walk by, talking goals, politics, business.
A little boy celebrates his cricket bat.
With caws, coos and calls, even the birds converse above us.
Families enjoy the time they have together.
I am sure that if I get up and talk a walk,
I will find many such pleasures.
But will I have the courage to come again?

                                   - Charu


p.s. Don't run away from what could make you truly happy

Photo Credit: Tookie 油姬


Baba Vaniteshwar said...

Absolutely love it :)

Saru Singhal said...

Profound writing Charu. Totally amazing:)

Charu said...

@Vaniteshwar: Thanks dear! I totally owe you a badminton game :D

@Saru: Thank you. I'm so glad you like it :) :) :)

Venice said...

Wow... I've always liked nature-type poems... Wordsworth is one of my favourites, and these simple lines of yours capture each moment so well, I could imagine the whole scene while I was reading. Plus there was so much serenity and quiet joy in it... Keep writing such heartfelt lines! :)

Baba Vaniteshwar said...

its been too damn long!cannot wait for these miserable exams to get over :|

Vivarjitha said... usual, u've posted a wonderful poem and i m running out of words to describe these lines which have made me smile for so long!!!!
gud luck once again...I am having continuous exams from 15th...after that we're goin on a 3 days tour and then will be back writing a set of revision and pre boards...
life's hectic...
but not for long i guess...
have fun
do well
all the best
cheers vivs:-)

Charu said...

@Venice: Wordsworth is a wonderful poet. So thanks! I'm so glad that you liked my poem so much. And it means a lot to me to know that you can imagine the scene as you read :)

@vaniteshwar: You said. We've been wearing frowns way, way, way too long.

@Vivarjitha: Thanks! It's wonderful to hear that the poem made you smile. That's one of the best uses of writing I think - to make someone happy! best of luck with all your exams, enjoy the tour and I hope you get through the hectic phase smiling in the end :)