Battling the lockdown blues

As the world encounters an invisible battle

We have been forced to remember allthat we ached to forget

While love and compassion flows

There are tears intertwined with nervous laughter

As we come together to fight a microcosm

We also battle a never known before anxiety

A miniscule virus has the mightiest warriors on their knees

Even as our bodies fight the fear of it

Our minds seem to battle their own fiends

All that we brushed under the proverbial carpet

Is overflowing from the crevices of our homes

There’s no noise and din

To drown our solitary songs

Suddenly there are no closets

To hide all our demons

All our fear and battles

Are raging afresh

All that we garbed under the shadows of busyness

Is for everyone to see

Even as we cover our faces with masks

To protect ourselves

Our masks of false bravado have fallen off

Unmasking the vulnerable hearts and raw emotions we feel

Leaving us to find comfort

In the most uncomfortable recesses of

our overwhelmed minds

Different not less

I don’t want your empathy

I don’t need your sympathy

All I want is the space to be me

I certainly don’t need to be judged

Labelled, and pigeon-holed because

I can’t do what you can

I don’t feel the need to

conform to society’s boxes

I let boundaries blur

And distances fade

I don’t have what you do

But that doesn’t make me

Any lesser than you

I may be different

But I am no less

I just see the world

Through different lenses

I get enraptured in the detail

I find beauty in the mundane

I have the power to

Conquer my pain

I love sans conditions

and I give without expecting

I happen to remember

All you forget

I can remember routes

You don’t even know yet

Just because I can’t

Put my emotions in words

Just doesn’t mean I feel

Any less than you

I am not eccentric

I just refuse to walk

The trodden road

And follow your rules

I’d rather weave

A world of my own

And make my own rules

The demons in our closets…


We’re all wrestling the monsters of our own making.

The wounds that define us.

The demons that rear their ugly head.

Threatening to swallow us in their womb.

What is it we won’t do to evade them?

Just about anything not to confront them.

Fill the voids with meaningless banter.

Drown the screams in a busy din.

Seek solace in any passion or addiction

Fill our searing soul’s hunger with food

Punctuate our aches in the arms

Of retail therapy and coffee

All of these are nothing

But temporary refuges.

With the touch of the traces of time

These monsters become home for us.

Another year slips by

End of the year is for celebrations of a year gone by as well as some stock taking and reminiscing about lessons etched in the echelons of memory.

They say you should look ahead, but how can you ever do that without looking back, ruminating of the days gone by and drawing the right kind of lessons..

1) You never quite have it all. There’s always room for more. What eventually matters is learning to remain content as long as the basics are in place.

2) To win some battles you’ve got to lose all you’ve got. The first step is to conquer the insurmountable walls of our ego.

3) No one can give unconditionally all relationships personal and professional just reflect and echo what we give them.

4) With time our inner circle will shrink only to a few people who’ll stand by us through thick and thin. But even when no one’s standing you’ve got to walk a mile or two alone.

5) Time and space can heal anything.

6) Everyone is struggling with something or the other. Life isn’t a bed of roses for anyone. Be kind to yourself, be empathetic towards others, just makes the roller coaster ride called life easier.

7) Acceptance is the key to sailing through. Acceptance of the lows and the highs instead of battling it out in our minds helps us keep our sanity when life is tough.

8) Steer clear of all toxicity in  your relationships, your job and nip negativity in the bud.

9) Invest in the future: spend time with yourself,children, make time to meditate,read.

10) Disconnect from social media and technology and connect with yourself through anything that gives you joy and peace.

I might keep going back to this list as a reminder of how I would want to spend this year, what is on your list of reflections?

Words can hurt

Sticks and stones

only break bones

But it is words that seer through your soul

and tear it apart

Choose your words with wisdom

They have the power to hurt

and the power to heal a broken heart

Words alone can be the binding

glue for a world scattered like

shattered glass