Grandma’s bedtime stories
of fairies and angels heard ages ago,
seem to get silently carried forward through ages.
Don’t they? Like the one,
in which, god sends his angels down
to a pure heart, suffering…in pain.
The ethereal souls in long robes,
flapping their man-size wings, arrive
with an aura of love and compassion,
Very softly, almost stealthily, they wipe off
the tears of pain from the sad eyes
and put a smile of cheer back
on the parched lips,
and then, vanish in the thin air.
Hey, why not play the god’s angel
to someone today!
Make a sad soul happy
and feel the divine bliss in return!
House arrest! Can’t step out!
Keep within the room!
Confinement to bed!
Can’t put your foot down!
Oh, just a bed to spend
the rest of days and nights!
Okay…fine…but how sad!
No-no, don’t jump to conclusions!
I’m not describing
the kinds of sentences awarded under
Indian (or any other) Penal Code.
These uncomfortable conditions actually
happen to be the final phases
one has to pass through,
in senses – full, partial or none,
at the fag end of one’s long
and well lived life!
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
# The Buddha
Smiling white amidst the green,
and the lone flower looks so cool, serene!
Gather ye all its fragrant bliss!
“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
# William Wordsworth. I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud
The sweetest, coolest nap
is the short one you have, right before
your eyes open to a new morn’!
Make happiness your target!
Mark your priorities for a happy life!
Arrange those in a sequence, set goals
and go for them, full throttle!
Achieving one target after another,
drawing one satisfaction after another,
keep moving steadily on
your well marked course,
You’re sure to fulfill all your
reasonable needs and desires.
Your cherished dreams,
have faith in yourself and…Him,
are bound to come true,
and sweet success, sure to bless you –
with contentment and happiness
all around, forever!
“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.”
# Robert Louis Stevenson. El Dorado
Need some cheer?
Why look elsewhere?
Why not produce…create
some of your own?
Okay, here’s how!
Just pick your painter’s palette and brush,
put some delightful colours and
mix up a bit to your favourite shade,
and then start.
Paint a lovely flower of your choice,
then another…and then the whole bunch.
Surround it with the evergreen…green.
And finally, tuck it all upon the vast, blue canvas.
Here you are!
Your cheer is ready!
The lively bunch sweetly gazes, smiles at you,
to charm and mesmerize
and be a joy for ever!
“All our dreams can come true if we have courage to pursue them.”
# Walt Disney