A Quest of Self-Discovery

I guess  the answer was always in front of us

or in this case inside of us.

The answer to every question.

The quest of discovering who you are finally answered.

I may or may not have known that all along.

Its just that I needed the experience and wisdom

to finally understand what I was searching for.

Its not the answer we seek,

but what kind of questions are we asking?

If I tell you the secrets of Sumeria, Egypt, India and every other civilization.

What would you gain other than more useless information for your ego.

What I strive for is to understand the wisdom of our soul,

and the return to a state of completeness.

Tales from a Distant Past

Let’s take a moment and rewind back to a distant past

as two lovers exchange written vows over the Euphrates river in Mesopotamia

though we aren’t privileged to see its content

we can glimpse by the look on their faces

emotions of love, pure joy and contentment.

While over by the Nile River,

we meet another couple but their faces seem to be full of worry and sadness.

It looks like the river is experiencing a drought and doesn’t look to be ending any time soon.

With the hot African sun scintillating the land and getting hotter by the minute.

We return back to the couple

who are now firmly holding hands as if in prayer,

we see the look of worry and sadness on their faces being replaced

with a look of inner strength and faith.

We take a step back and we return to the present

It seems our visit to the past is up,

but who knows what tomorrow will have in store

Maybe visitors from the future will draw inspiration from the stories we create today.

Fairness

 

To understand the meaning and depth of fairness

One has to be in the mires of despair

Searching for answers as to why things are the way they are.

To understand this one must feel it

Really absorb this manifestation of cruelty

Created in cold hearts from an even colder mind.

To solve it, is to remain honest to the cause

Is to bear truth to the matter that caused strife in the beginning.

Too many times we’ve held hands when actions were needed

 And spoke words filled with venom when forgiveness was needed.

We know very well what happens when the desired result weren’t achieved

Just unanswered wishes and hollow victories

As another generation is born

To clean the mess that we couldn’t help do in our time.

 

 

I wonder


I wonder at times if life is one big sitcom,
and the people we meet in our journey
are reoccurring guests from past lives or part of the cast and everyone knows their role but you.

If I promise to love you forever
Is that really true?
Or is that kind of special bond a once in a lifetime thing that separates itself from the rest.

I think sometimes in life
all we can do is  have faith and be firm on it.
We can’t control other people’s thoughts or feelings,
but we can control our own,
and if you believe in integrity and honesty.
then your word is your bond
and that in itself is sacred.

December’s Soapbox

What more can be written about a year that has shown us so much

a year that has changed us all

whether we wanted to or not.

They say in moments of chaos

we are meant to stay firm and resolute,

but it would be a lie to say that was always true.

As the years go by it seems we always look to the next one

in hopes of something better, brighter, and full of light.

Yet it seems the world has a mind of it own

and is showing us things we’d rather ignore or hope it goes away.

Would I rather live my life with a comfortable lie or wake up to an ugly truth?

May the days and months ahead bring a peace of mind, joy and good health.

Regardless of how dark it looks,

the Sun will always shine through.

As the World Turns

No need for forced smiles and friendships

when behind those smiles and relationships lies sorrow, guilt and regret.

We wonder at times how the person we are today differs from yesterday

Was it all just an illusion?

A mere figment from our imagination?

We didn’t sign up for fake friends, unfulfilled relationships and expectations.

so what changed and how?

Did we settle for safety and security instead of shooting for the stars?

or maybe this journey isn’t a race and we can be all these things

like being anxious, sad, happy and satisfied all at the same time

and that’s okay too.

The Penable Award

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I wish to thank my good friend Yiena for this nomination. Yiena is a fabulous writer and an amazing person. I also wish to take this moment and sincerely thank all those who take the time to read any of my work. I’m grateful but I feel even greater joy when I read the works of so many great writers on this platform and who share a piece of themselves on here and add on to the wonderful tapestry that is Life.

 

Questions

  1.  What would you change about yourself if you could?
  • If I could change something about myself it would be to strive to be more patient and being able to help others more.

2.     What would you sing at Karaoke night?

  • As I’m writing this Bill Withers & Grover Washington Jr ”Just the two of us” is playing so I could definitely imagine myself singing that on a karaoke night.

3.   What’s your favourite family/ culture tradition?

  • My Favourite family or cultural tradition is our hospitality especially coming from an African/Muslim background where charity is seen as really important and the relationships we make and form with each other is sacred and one we really cherish.

 

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  4. Tell us what your writing talent is
  5. Answer three questions that you have been asked
  6. Nominate three inspiring people for this award.
  7. Let them know of their nomination
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My Questions

  1. What’s your go-to song to listen to when your upset or happy? 
  2. How do you respond to setbacks or disappointments? 
  3. What does having faith or conviction mean to you?

My Nominees:

Please visit and enjoy their wonderful work!

Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin

Aishwarya.K.G

Brandi of Couch Talks with B

In Search of Myself

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To look for myself in the world

Is a recipe for sorrow, loss and pain

For I can search high and low

Near and far

And never find the person I truly am.

In my haste to chase the silhouette of who I thought I was

I heard a voice echo in my head

“Are you really chasing something you know you can’t see, touch, smell, hear or feel?”

I stopped in my tracks and asked myself

What am I chasing?

What is my end goal in all of this?

In that very moment I noticed a change ripple through my body

A veil being lifted from my eyes

The world and its chaos was a reflection of my inner turmoil

To seek myself in such conditions reflected my ignorance,

But now I know better

What I seek and aspire to be can all be found within me.

Decisions

 

Let us not speak love but be love.

Let our actions bear witness to our character and how we carry ourselves.

As humans it’s unfair to box ourselves and set limits to our potential

when our potential is really as limitless as our imagination.

Only we can walk the path that Life has set us on

but what we do while on that path is truly in our own hands.

In time we’ll learn that fate and destiny were merely shadows of our own decisions.

Decisions that ultimately only we can choose.

A love so Bright

 

If loving you meant I had to always give you my all

then my love will never be enough to satisfy you,

and if being with you meant I had to be something I’m not

then the love we share is not love at all.

Love is a word so often used but often misconstrued.

It shines bright and its rays can feel warm and radiating

but if its not mutual and respectful

those rays can be overwhelming and its brightness can be blinding.