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Love and Misadventure

I happened to come across Lang Leav’s page on Facebook a few months ago. She had posted a few of the verses from her book on the page which were really good. Lang is a recipient of The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and was later granted a coveted Churchill Fellowship. So I decided to read her book, Love and Misadventure a collection of short poems.

The book is divided into three parts- Misadventure, Circus of Sorrows and Love, thus exploring every emotion connected with love.
I have shared a few verses that became my favourite

1.Afraid to Love
I turn away and close my heart—
to the promise of love that is luring.
For the past has taught to not be caught,
in what is not worth pursuing—
To never do the things I’ve done
that once had led to my undoing

2. In Two Parts
You come and go so easily,
your life is as you knew—
while mine is split in two.
How I envy so the half of me,
who lived before love’s due,
who was yet to know of you

3. Closure
We had no ending,
no said good-bye.
For all my life,
I’ll wonder why.

4. A Question
“Do you love me?” I ask.
In your hesitation I found my answer.

5. The Keeper
You were like a dream,
I wish I hadn’t slept through.
Within it I fell deeper,
Than your heart would care to let you.
I thought you were a keeper,
I wish I could have kept you.

6. The Girl He Loves
I tried to love him as his friend,
then to love him as his lover;
but he never loved me in the end—
his heart was for another.

7. First Love
Before I fell in love with words,
with setting skies and singing birds—
it was you I fell in love with first.

8. Some Time Out
The time may not be prime for us,
though you are a special person.
We may be just two different clocks,
that do not tock, in unison
.

The best is usually spared for the last-
9. Codependency
There is nothing more nice,
there is nothing much worser;
than me as your vice
and you as my versa.

Lang Leav’s new book “Lullabies” has been released recently. I will read it soon and post about it. If you like reading short poems, you should read it once, its actually worth it!

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Robert Frost- The Road Not Taken

“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.
‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.
‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.

At some point of time in our life, each one of us have to choose between two or more options available to us. Do we know where is it going to lead us? No. But it is better to follow your heart instead of becoming a part of the rat race. Here is a marvellous poem by Robert Frost on choice and decision making:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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If by Rudyard Kipling

As I mentioned in my earlier post, poetry has captured my heart and become my subject of interest lately. I personally feel that literature affects the mindset of an individual to a great extent. One of such poems is If , written by British Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling- whose famous novel The Jungle Book is well known among all of us. First published in 1895, it is in the form of advice given by a father to his son.

I recently read on Quora, that a framed copy of this poem is affixed to the wall before the study desk in the cabins of the officer cadets at the National Defence Academy, Pune, India. Such is the profound effect of this poem! I thought of doing the same, but it wasn’t necessary as I had learnt the poem by heart 4 years back.

Well usually I post a few lines that are a favourite from any poem or a song, but I am sharing the entire text here, hoping you will read it and and learn from it, maybe! :p

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!