The right knight 

When you have your back Against the wall,

After a thoughtless jump, 

When you need to cushion the fall;

When you are at your best, 

And when you are so low

You know the tears won’t help

And you cannot even explain the sorrow;

When you are neck deep in water

Or are trudging against the tide,

When the winds are not in your favour 

And when the sails are not enough wide;

When hopes are meagre 

When greed takes over

When conscience loses its hold

When the abyss is deep and cold, 

There will not be a silhouette with a beacon to show you home; 

There won’t be a shadow from behind the fog to save your soul. 

Only You will come to your rescue.

You are your shining armor of silver. 

And You are the Knight under it.

A disease? Or worse? 

Love will enrich you, it will empower you. But more than that, it will enchant you. It will take you on journeys you never thought you would take. It will show you places you would have never heard existed. Love will create a new side to you. In its own irony, love will absorb every major part of you that you knew as yours and at the same time, shine a new kind of light on your crevices and blemishes in a way that you will be proud of them. It will make you lose yourself whole, and in the process, find what you actually seek. Love will hold you strong when you need it to, but will also liberate you in ways unimaginable; inspite of which, it is a potential destroyer- the worst there is. For, Love will break you with its yearning.

A thorn either way

Her options were out in the open –
clearly demarcated. It was upto her to weigh them wisely. It wasn’t only about picking the lesser of the two evils; it was also about paying the price for it.She longed to have them both, and yet she could tell that she would loathe them equally. She had lost all her strength trying to balance the scale, her muscle had given way. 

It was time.

In one deep breath, she decided whether to bask in the gold of the sun and let it burn her, or to stay indoors and long for it to.

The lasting sails

Before the boat could decipher whether it was the wind that had pulled her without warning

Or was she deliberately pushed into the meandering stream one winter morning,

She woke up to see she was flowing along- past cedars and pines and majestic windmills;

In the lap of the river, cutting through cities and wading through fields.

 

She was made of hard paper

The kind that stands eve​n when tides swell.

 Alas! She hadn’t seen how living waters could be lethal;

How long she could endure, only time would tell.

The river had a lot of jewels to be proud of

Rocks and lilies and fish that lived off its water,

It was the boat that gave it the push to flow on

They carried on relentlessly, sword and fighter.

The boat pelted against the smoothened rocks when the water was shallow,

 And she sailed with pride when it was calm.

She had vowed to be by the river she had come to love

Be it the joy of spring, or when in the face of harm.

Was it gravity, or

The river decided to cause the turbulence, the boat would never know.

There was nothing said and nothing asked

 But she felt a pang she wasn’t prepared for.

She toppled and tripped and hit the soil beneath

Gasping for air, she struggled to hold on to dear life

She looked around dismayed but couldn’t recognize the void

She only hit empty water where once there was love rife.

She would have given up the scuffle

Had it not been for the lonesome but plentiful bank.

The boat would have been tattered by the seething water

Or, in all of her loyalty, succumbing to the wrath of the waters, sank.

The bank held on, didn’t clinch or prod

It let her watch the river flow by,

And chose to play not protector nor guide

She was free to go if she willed, else, he was an ally.

Picture credit: Aishwarya Hele

The question of the incomplete circle. 

You’ll carry your happiness in small quanta: making sure the world sees it, admires it and adopts it. You will want to keep it safe in your arms and in your eyes, and still want to be able to spread it far and wide. You will want to take it to fields for it to be one with the gold of the corn, and to the oceans in order that it could produce pearls for a wandering swimmer; you will want to offer it to a meandering gust of wind so it could enrich the world along its path, or to a neighbor going through a rough patch so as to make his day. You will be addicted to the idea of happiness and be in awe of the love it can create. And propagate. In your confusion of the darkness of the world, and in your quest for finding out why, you’ll come across occasional dunes of sand and storms of dust. You’ll want to cure the outburst by sowing in the soil the only seeds you ever knew – those of happiness and joy. 

There was no way you would know, let alone recognize, the thorns that could grow out of what you called Happiness. There was no way you would know that they hurt when you try to caress them. That’s when you will painfully realize how it isn’t the fault of the seeds you sow, but the weakness of the soil which can’t take it.