Four Years Older

Four years older, 

And five times wiser. 

Four years older,

And ten times stronger.

The journey that is your life,

Keeps me in awe-

Of all that you have gone through.

Survival is a whole new meaning when it comes to you,

You have taught me so much,

Without it dawning on you,

And, for that, I cherish having you as a sister.
You taught me to never give up,

To strive for what I believe in.

You taught me to not let others put me down,

And to not let hateful words affect me.

You have taught me take whatever live throws in my direction,

Head on, and to cope with the changes that come with it.
Thank you, for showing me right from wrong,

Thank you, for teaching me to be strong.

Thank you, for demonstrating how to survive,

Thank you, for the being you have given life.

Thank you, for being you.

Fear

The fear of what lies beyond this world-
That, is the greatest fear of all.
It is the one that inspire people to live,
To continue living,
And, to do what we can to stay alive.

An unknown force drives us to do something.

It could either be fate, or faith that pushes us.

It could even be love, or hope that does it.

Or it could be fear that does the job.
The fear of doing wrong-

Pushes people to do the right thing.

The fear of disappointment-

Encourages people to work harder than ever.

The fear of losing someone-

Prompts people to do things they never imagined they could.

Fear also makes people cheat, and lie. 

The fear of getting caught doing something wrong-

Compel people to lie about it.

The fear of facing consequences-

Provoke people to cheat their way through life.
The fear of what lies beyond this world-

That, is the greatest fear of all.

It is the one that inspire people to live,

To continue living,

And, to do what we can to stay alive. 

Beauty

To ridicule an object of beauty,
Is to blemish a memory,
To mar a truth,
To destroy a love.
‘A thing is beauty, is a joy forever’.
To ruin that object,
Is to ruin the joy that it brings to someone.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

What someone finds beautiful,

May be in contrast to what we think is beautiful.

The most outlandish thing to someone,

Could mean a great deal to someone else. 
However, beauty does not lie in the object.

It is what lies within the object that makes it beautiful.

Beauty lies in the memory associated to the object,

It lies in a truth we are unaware of, 

In a love we are unaware of.
To ridicule an object of beauty,

Is to blemish a memory,

To mar a truth,

To destroy a love. 

‘A thing of beauty, is a joy forever’.

To ruin that object,

Is to ruin the joy that it brings to someone.

Something Lost

To lose something irreplaceable-
Is to lose a piece of your being.
This something, which has been with you all your life,
Is suddenly wrenched away, by unseen hands.
And life comes to a halt.

To lose something irreplaceable-

Is to lose a piece of your being.

This something, which has been with you all your life,

Is suddenly wrenched away, by unseen hands.

And life comes to a halt.
Never before has it occurred to you,

That this thing-

This thing you’re so attached to-

Could one day be lost forever.

Life goes on without it,

But something seems to be amiss.

So a quest for a replacement commences.

Something akin to it is found.

But, no voids have been filled.

The voids have merely been covered up

With fragments that easily come undone.
The search is continued in vain,

With an unrelenting hope

That the void inside you

Will cease to exist.

Unknowingly and unaware of it,

Life without the thing, seems easier.

Life continues.

And Hope navigates you through it. 

The Light

The light flickers, and I panic.
It comes back to life and my heart is at ease.
It seems to be dimmer than before.
I fear that everything may be lost
If I don’t follow it.
Yet, I hesitate.
I decide to sprint toward it.
With every step I take,
The flickers instensify, and so does the beat of my heart.
I can sense the warmth from the light.
A change of atmosphere is felt as I get closer to it.
It is an arm’s length away now.

I see a light in the distance. 

And, like a beacon,

It calls me.

It promises a better life,

A life of ease,

A clear future,

A clear path,

Laid out before my eyes.

So I take a step toward it.
The light flickers, and I panic.

It comes back to life and my heart is at ease.

It seems to be dimmer than before.

I fear that everything may be lost

If I don’t follow it.

Yet, I hesitate.

I decide to sprint toward it.

With every step I take, 

The flickers instensify, and so does the beat of my heart.

I can sense the warmth from the light.

A change of atmosphere is felt as I get closer to it.

It is an arm’s length away now. 
My arm stretches toward it.

I hold my breath as my fingers close in on it,

And everything darkens around me. 

The light diminishes, till nothing is left.

Reality comes back to me,

However, I feel like something has been taken away from me.

I take a breath to let it all sink in,

And I fall down to my knees.

A burden has just been dropped onto my shoulders. 

Words

Never has it dawned on me,
How a single word could change the course of someone’s life,
Either for better, or for worse.

Never has it dawned on me,

How a single word could change the course of someone’s life,

Either for better, or for worse. 

One word could enrapture a person,

Or, it could make their world come crashing down.
One word.

That’s all it takes to ruin someone. 

One word. 

That’s all it takes to fix someone. 

One word.

That’s all it takes to unshackle a mind,

Whose manacles seek to destroy it.

One word.

That’s all it takes to bind a soul,

Which is soaring through life.
Choose the words you speak,

You could make,

Or, break someone. 

Simple Joys

The simple joys in life.
That is what we need to acknowledge.
The sound of laughter ringing in our ears,
The screams of happiness from children around us,
The look of pride on our parents’ countenance,
The perpetual love we receive from our siblings.
Contentment in these things have to be achieved,
Appriaciation in them has to be given,
Reciprocation of the love and laughter has to be restituted.

The simple joys in life. 

That is what we need to acknowledge.

The sound of laughter ringing in our ears,

The screams of happiness from children around us,

The look of pride on our parents’ countenance,

The perpetual love we receive from our siblings.

Contentment in these things have to be achieved,

Appreciation in them has to be given,

Reciprocation of the love and laughter has to be restituted.
Those unfortunate to feel these simple joys crave for it.

They crave to hear the laughter of their loved ones,

They crave to see their children screaming with joy,

They crave to see their parents’ proud faces once again,

They crave to feel the unbridled love that a sibling can give,

They crave the simplest of things which are neglected by many.
Those of us fortunate enough to have these things-

Should be gratified with all that we are blessed with.

Our selfish desires, 

Our ability to condemn,

Our need to shackle the minds of people soaring higher than us,

And the greed that seem to overpower us,

Must come to an end.

I try, from this day forth, 

To be better than I am now,

To learn to be grateful for all that I have

And, to enjoy the simple joys that life offers.

Missing Piece

We all look for someone to complete us. 

But being aware of ourselves,

Seems to be the only thing worth searching for. 

Would having someone in our lives, 

Give our lives meaning?

Would our lives finally be complete? 

This missing puzzle-piece we all seek

Seems to be causing carnage in our lives. 

This special someone, we all seek, seems to be causing us to scrutinize situations,

Sending us into a state of affliction.

Would being unaccompanied, and finding solace in that,

Be that bad? 

To Know

What the future holds, nobody knows. 

We live in a state of confusion, fearing the unknown.

Would it really be useful to know everything?

Would knowing everything that will happen to us-

A year from now,

Or, a month from now,

Or, a week from now,

Or, even a day from now help us in any way? 

Would it really benefit us to know what is going to transpire?

Or, would that just send us into a spiraling void,

Where the only thoughts we have is-

What is the point of it all?
People say “Ignorance is bliss”.

And in not knowing what the future holds,

It stands true. 

But not knowing right from wrong,

Not knowing how to tell the truth,

Not knowing how to admit we are wrong,

Not knowing the difference between good and bad,

Is not being ignorant,

It is a simple case of being human. Because, it is easier to do the wrong thing,

It is easier to lie,

It is easier be stubborn,

It is easier to choose between something easy, and someghing difficult.

Fit In

What is beauty?

We all pretend to know what it is.

But is beauty what we feel something is? 

Or, do we just say something is beautiful, just to fit in? 

Isn’t that what we all want?

To fit in?

What, then, is fitting in?

Thinking the way other people do? 

Feeling the way other people do?

No one would be special then. 

To be special, to mean something,

That is what we all crave for. 

So we do what people do,

We try to fit in. 
But on this path to “fitting in”,

We lose ourselves,

And forget what we are.