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I want to know what love is…

March 16, 2015 3 comments

We each have many types of love relationships — parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?

All your life
We were the centre of your universe
How can I describe love
Patient, selfless, sincere?

 

The day I heard you speak
Tears streamed from my eyes
How can I describe love
Innocent, bright, wondrous?

 

The magic of your creation
Bewildering, Unfathomable
How can I describe love
Inspiring, Overwhelming, bliss

 

Shaking order into random motion
Blending art into my logic
Bringing music into mundane routine
Complementing the voids

 

Trying to define love
Is shining a candle to the sun
Lifting the veil of ignorance
Lead me into your light

 

 

© copyright, skm

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) https://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is/
2) https://warriorfreya.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/prompt-page-0036-i-want-to-know-what-love-is/
3) http://marcimentalhealthmore.com/2015/03/14/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is/
4) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2015/03/14/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is-love-is-a-walk-in-the-country/
5) http://teepee12.com/2013/05/11/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is-love-is/
6) http://basicallybeyondbasic.com/2013/05/11/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is/
7) http://www.inspiringmax.com/love-2/
8) http://onmyfrontporch.com/2013/05/12/daily-prompt-hi-mom/comment-page-1/
9) http://moondustwriter.com/2013/05/11/seeking-hoping-believing-love-wordpress-photography-love/
10) https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/love-is/

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An Ode to my Childhood

February 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Write an ode to someone or something you love. Bonus points for poetry!

Goa is beautiful !  Goa is home to some of the best beaches in India – take Miramar, Calangute, Colva, Candolim, Bogmalo,  Anjuna or Vagator.  Here you also find some of the best churches and temples.  .  The Dona Paula beach was just a kilometre away from our home.  We would go there for evening walks.

In pre-primary school, I studied in Our Lady of the Rosary a convent school a walking distance from our home.  My 3 sisters and brother also studied in the same school.  When I was in Primary 3, I stood first in my class.  I remember that day very clearly  because when I came home from school my mother hugged me.

From Primary 4, I joined the Don Bosco High School in Panjim the capital city of Goa.   When I was in my primary school, I had no idea what I wanted to become in life.  During recess time, an icecream man would come outside our school selling all kinds of icecream – milk, chocolate, strawberry etc.  He would ring a bell to attract the students.  I always found him smiling and happy.  I used to tell my parents that I wanted to become an ice-cream man when I grow up.

My earliest memories of Goa revolve around activities off school.  The walk from school back home yielded so many treasures.  We would pluck black berries, tamarinds, mangoes, cashews and jamuns (fruit with blackish-purple skin ).

My brother and I would do most of the home shopping.  This involved buying ration rice, sugar , wheat and kersosene for lighting the stove.  In those days there were no gas stoves.  The walk to the shop was down a steep slope and quite an adventure.  The walk upslope carrying the kerosene was really tiring.  We would also have to carry the wheat to a mill where it would be pounded into fine powder so that my mother could make chapathis.

We would balance the shopping, studying and play after school.

We mostly played cricket, table tennis, basketball and other games like hide and seek, kabaddi and just running around with bicycle tires, marbles etc.

We lived in the staff quarters of National Institute of Oceanography.  We had a nice club here with ping pong table, there was also a cricket ground and a basket ball court.  The club had a library and a bridge room.  There was also a dispensary nearby.

Festivals were a great time in our colony.  I still have vivid memories of the Sarvajanik Ganesh Chaturthi celebration.  There were seven days of celebration involving dances, drama and bhajans.  All children would get a chance to participate.  We also celebrated Diwali, Holi and Christmas and everyone came together to celebrate.

Another interesting event in our colony was the open air screening of movies once a month.  It was a great occasion.  A screen would be setup and a projector was also setup.  The movie reels would come in the evening and all the children would be excited.  People would setup chairs in places where they could get the best view.  We watched most of the Bollywood movies of the 70s and 80s in our colony.  This was before the advent of the television.

I still remember the day television came to our colony.  As we did not have a television at home we would go to our friends place to watch Chayageet , Chitrahaar and the Sunday movie.  A year later we got a television at home.  It had a light brown shutter cover and was a Weston Black and White television.

In school, I loved to take part in elocution, debates, and quiz competitions.  My teacher Ms. Vilma Vaz who was pretty had a great love for English and inculcated the same love in us.  She explained poetry and English literature with great passion.  She also encouraged me to take part in poetry recitation.  I was good at mathematics and usually scored full marks.

Another teacher Mr. Crasto taught us music and public speaking.  He had a great oratorical style of speaking.  He has been instrumental in developing my public speaking skills.  On the last day of school, Mr. Crasto wrote this quote in my autograph : “Conquer yourself.  Self conquest leads to world conquest” .  I will never forget those inspiring words.

We could take up a second foreign language in school and I opted for French.  I loved French and studied it upto higher secondary.  I still remember some French and would love to visit Paris and see the Louvre museum , the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the museums and vineyards.

To commute to the capital city Panjim we had to walk down a steep slope and come to a bus stop near the National Institute of Oceanography.  From there it was approximately a 7km bus ride to Panjim where Don Bosco High School was located. Near the bus stop was a kiosk selling cigarettes, candies, milk etc.  Mr Fernandes was the owner of the shop.   Some of the candies were multi-coloured spherical balls and looked so wonderful  – called “godye” .  There were also chewing gum and bubble gum which we loved when young.

Growing up in a big family of 5 taught us a lot about sharing and we had to grow up learning to share space and also appreciate our differences and quirks.  I admire my parents for instilling in all of us the right values in life since young and giving us the greatest gift that they could give us – a good education, the foundation on which we could build our lives.

After my higher secondary, I joined the Goa Engineering College at Farmagudi which was about 35kms from my home in Dona Paula. It was  a great experience living with students from all over India in the college hostel.  After my graduation I had a brief stint of work at the National Institute of Oceanography.

There are myriad of magical memories that come to my mind when I think of Goa.  I am eagerly waiting and planning for a visit to Goa to re-kindle some of the moments that shaped my life!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) https://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/growing-up/
2) https://joec0321.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/odetospring/
3) https://thelonerose.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/love-is/
4) https://whoison1st.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/bliss-thy-name-is/
5) https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/to-you/
6) https://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/let-my-words/
7) https://zombieflamingoes.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-odes/
8) https://howyoufeeling.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/love-yourself/
9) https://looking4godtoday.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/my-soul-sings/
10) https://siapositive.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/gift-of-love/

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Love to love you

November 18, 2013 1 comment

What do you love most about yourself? What do you love most about your favorite person? Are the two connected?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us LOVE.

All your life
We were the centre of your universe
How can I describe love
Patient, selfless, sincere?

The day I heard you speak
Tears streamed from my eyes
How can I describe love
Innocent, bright, wondrous?

The magic of your creation
Bewildering, Unfathomable
How can I describe love
Inspiring, Overwhelming, bliss

Shaking order into random motion
Blending art into my logic
Bringing music into mundane routine
Complementing the voids

Trying to define love
Is shining a candle to the sun
Lifting the veil of ignorance
Lead me into your light

© copyright, skm, 18th Nov 2013

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2) http://heymissadventures.com/501/
3) http://anawnimiss.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/of-togetherness/
4) http://runninginto30.com/true-love/
5) http://crowarrowinc.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/daily-prompt-love-to-love-you/
6) http://jacquelinebrinkman.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/love-to-love-you-learning-to-love-myself/
7) http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/my-love-my-son/
8) http://contemplatinglove.com/2013/11/17/love-to-love-you/
9) http://basicallybeyondbasic.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/daily-prompt-love-to-love-you/
10) http://mbcoudal.com/2013/11/17/talking-transitions/

 

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Harmony

October 18, 2013 1 comment

Your entire community — however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues — is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us COMMUNITY.

harmony

Like a ripple in a pond
Starting at the centre of the heart
Love flows
Touching the hearts of family
The immense sacrifices of parents
Shared experiences of siblings

Then the ripple grows into a wave
To touch the neighbourhood
Breaking from limited confines
Melting hearts and minds
Reaching out to the community
To help, to share and to serve

The wave gushes forward
Uniting the whole nation
In a symphony
The music reverberates
Countries unite
People of all races, creed and colour
Singing a song in harmony

 

(Pic: courtesy – Harmony Ink Press – Johanna  Parkhurst)

© copyright skm,  18th Oct, 2013

(I would like to thank all who have influenced me and shaped me in one way or the other !)

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1) http://jullianiskool.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/daily-prompt-community-service/
2) http://humanrightswarrior.com/2013/10/17/chronicles-of-a-bike-commuter/
3) http://drpriyankamehta.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/do-you-wanna-join-my-community/
4) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2013/10/17/daily-prompt-community-service/
5) http://momasteblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/gratitude/
6) http://littlegirlstory.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/daily-prompt-community-service-pay-it-forward/
7) http://lifeconfusions.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/my-community/
8)) http://purplerosemary.com/2013/10/17/daily-prompt-community-service/
9) http://randomencountersoftheinquisitivemind.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/lets-build-a-community/
10) http://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/the-community-of-bloggers/

Day 23 — Allowing another person to fully love me means I must…

April 23, 2012 1 comment

 

 

I will try to be open and sincere and not withhold anything in the relationship. There is no room for any kind of secrecy. And I must be ready to accept the other person for what they really are.

I have to be willing to share responsibilities, joys and sorrows in our relationship. Also, I must guard against my ego getting in the way so that there is always a give and take and the trust is always maintained.

We are all humans and we have imperfections – so there is bound to be friction in any relationship. The important thing is trust and understanding to communicate with each other and our belief that ups and downs will not rock our boat.

The main thing that matters is love. And everything else is just an experience!

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Day 22 — Allowing another person to fully love me means they must…

April 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, I believe that we cannot put any conditions on love. Love is free, it is not binding, and love is more about letting go.

I wouldn’t restrict anyone from loving me. After all there is so much hate, anger, jealousy and bad emotions in the world that if each of us can spread a little love everyday, this world would be a far better place!

How another person or the world perceives me is not within my control. What is within my control is how I perceive myself and the world around me. If I am confident about myself and wish the best for everyone then I am sure that most people will also love me!

So, I would try my best to do atleast one good deed everyday – smile, do my job with love  and keep my family happy!

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Holi

March 8, 2012 5 comments

Blossoming flowers and fresh greens
Welcome Spring – the season of joy
Shedding all inhibitions
People step out into the open

Water pistols in hand
Colour packets in pockets
Holi unfolds in the streets
A riot of colours

A time to bond
To smile, to hug
Colour each other
Like kids in gay abandon

The crowds break into dance
Holi Hai, Holi Hai
Vibrant joy and emotion
Wipe off tears and distress

Painted in colours of love
All look the same
An atmosphere of frolic
And a feeling of oneness

© copyright skm, 8th March 2012

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Mother

January 21, 2012 6 comments

In my dreams
From a world yonder
You still appear
With all the answers

Holding twilight in your hands
You wake me up
To a new dawn
Of beauty and wonder

You watched me grow
Like a ray of hope
And put me to sleep
With divine kisses

Caring eyes reflect
Sacrifice and concern
Words unspoken
Convey everything

O Mother! O Angel!
From the kingdom of love
Showering grace upon me
O Star!  in the sky

© copyright skm, 21st Jan 2012

(http://promisingpoetsparkinglot.blogspot.sg/2012/09/the-perfect-poet-award-week-72.html)

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As you sow so shall you reap

July 10, 2011 14 comments

Sow a seed in fertile soil
Nurture it with care
And watch the plant grow
All life starts from a seed
Tender and fragile
The seed is the source of ife

Sow the thoughts of love in your mind
Directed to a higher ideal
And let not greed, anger and jealousy
Defile this sacred chamber
Widen your vision
From family to community
From nation to the world

Sow the habit of perseverance
Focussing on the task at hand
And let not obstacles
Digress you from your goal
Offer your work to that ideal
Accepting the fruits of labour with love

Sow the values of truth and honesty
In every sphere of your life
And let not greed
Stray you from your steadfast beliefs
As you sow
So shall you reap

© copyright skm, 10th July, 2011

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True beauty

May 21, 2011 22 comments

http://promisingpoetscafe.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/the-perfect-poet-award-for-week-49/)

A pure mind
Discerning and dissecting
Living in a world of forms and shapes
Still revels in the true essence
Beauty in truth

When beyond mere looks
Your presence enlivens
Brings meaning to my life
A feeling  unexplained
Beauty in love

A child at play
Looking, touching, querying
Lost
In wonder
Beauty in innocence

The artist looks at his canvas
And it becomes his world
Everything else turns to nought
A flourish of colours and strokes
Lost in creation
Beauty in work

This universe infinite
Defying all imagination
All we can do is surrender
In awe, In admiration
Praying for inspiration
Beauty in devotion

© copyright skm, 21st May, 2011

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