Thursday, November 29, 2012

What if?

I sat on a rock overlooking the sea and a thought crossed my mind…
What if?

What if you had the power to prevent a theft?
What if you had the choice to make her smile when she wept?

Would you grab that chance to make a difference?
Or will you let it fly past without a hindrance?

How many times are we swept to the shores?
But we choose to shirk our chores!

Life is all about these tiny things we ignore,
The simple events which cause much heart sore.

Every time we postpone for the morrow,
Think, what if there IS no tomorrow?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bring me some strong winds! Oh Vaayu

Bring me some strong winds, Oh Vaayu,
Take me far far away.
Show me the green plains where deer graze in peace,
Show me the deep blue seas where dolphins play.

Bring me some new winds, Oh Vaayu,
Take me to a new place today.
Show me the wonders I have never seen,
Show me The Great Master at work.

Bring me some cool breeze, Oh Vaayu,
Calm me down on a really bad day.
Show me that life is not so bad as it seems,
Show me that better times come sooner than expected.

Bring me some warm tidings, Oh Vaayu,
Help me when I have nothing let to say.
Warm me up when I am chilled to the bones.
Show me that every dusk has a dawn.

Bring me some strength, Oh Vaayu,
Help me find the right way.
Show me the ones who are grateful,
Show me places where I am needed.

Bring me some strong winds, Oh Vaayu,
Take me far far away.
Show me the happiness in the hearts of  people,
Show me the love that graces this Earth.

This one just popped up in my mind, on a very windy day at office.

Monday, May 14, 2012


When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Do not fear the Lastrygonians
and the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.

You will never meet such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your body and your spirit.
You will never meet the Lastrygonians,
the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not raise them up before you.

Then pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many,
that you will enter ports seen for the first time
with such pleasure, with such joy!
Stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and corals, amber and ebony,
and pleasurable perfumes of all kinds,
buy as many pleasurable perfumes as you can;
visit hosts of Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from those who have knowledge.

Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for long years;
and even to anchor at the isle when you are old,
rich with all that you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would never have taken the road.
But she has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you.
With the great wisdom you have gained, with so much experience,
you must surely have understood by then what Ithacas mean.

-K. P. Kavafis (C. P. Cavafy), translation by Rae Dalven

Have read this many times, in different situations.. And every time it holds a new meaning!

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