Thursday, October 1, 2015

Yin and yang

The sky was beautiful today. It was the yin and yang of the sky's. A wonderfully orange sunrise set against the blue sky complete with puffy and streaky white clouds, and right next to it a huge mushroom cloud, so menacing and powerful. It gave way to this haiku in me.

Orange and blue sky
Black mushroom umbrella-
Sunrise in the rain

October 2015
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Habit, lessons from the past
More an invisible cloak familiar,
God still speaks words of caution
The right, the wrong, dos and don'ts,
And you still tread your beaten path

Life unfolds in all its majesty
But your life is caught in drabness 
As monotony dawns with the sun,
Anxiety draw drapes across eyes
That no longer see a thing of beauty.

Uprooting ideals taprooted to every cell,
Skimming scum that surface uttering verdicts,
Ploughing entrenched values of the yore,
Freeing minds of pent up baggage,
Misplaced ones that rake up nonsense.

Into a place unexplored unknown
Deep within the recesses of the mind
With each breath you travel
Accelerating, slowing down
To clear pastures of springtime.

October 2015
© Nalini Hebbar/openmind/2009 - all rights reserved.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Masks We Need To Break Down

Like a wrap of cellophane around the soul
Like a fog that hides the doom ahead
Comfort is what each mask bestows.
Within your skin where you live forever
A stench you know as your very own
Becomes the smell the world smells of. 

With damp stagnant suppressed thoughts
Pictures painted of pleasant grandeur
You see what the mask of today sees.

Tear away the masks you wear
And naked before you stands
You, a person you refused to like.

Learn to love that tortured being
That whimpers omnipresent as ever
In every frame you call your life.

Nurture it for it's all you have got
The life within only you can feel
It's saviour, none other than you.

Fragile and fleeting it looks for touch
Your touch and only yours it craves
You are it's master, sole caretaker .

Unwrap, unwhirl, peel away the layers
That pink newborn helpless creature
Hold it's finger, look again at the world.

May 2015
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