My Match To Shangri-la

Categories Emotions, Lifestyle, Meditation

My sky has slowly been getting dark,
but before they gather
to return body to dust,
I’m not finished with the World just yet;
my fighting spirit is
still alive and kicking;
before the lights go out,
I’ll keep on polishing the rough edges;
before I encounter the last stretch
of my life’s journey,
I’ll continue to glow as I grow.

The number of folks by my side
continues to shrink;
peers, agemates, family, and friends
keep on vanishing to kingdom come;
and the young kindred are busy
building their own lives.

But I’ll strive
to put colour into my grayness;
I’ll maintain a positive mentality;
I’ll flow with nature,
and live with equanimity
because the way of nature
is the way of life.

Society has continued to care
less and less of, and for, me;
and so I have encountered
more and more days of emptiness.

But I have learned to let go
of my attachments;
I have learned to enjoy
and embrace solitude;
to live alone,
without being lonely.

The road ahead might be rocky I know,
littered with uncertainties, precarity,
illness and ailments;
and eventually, I’ll return
to my life’s starting point, the bed;
to be cared for once again,
just like when I was an infant.

But until the time
when I breathe my last,
I’ll treasure what I’ve had,
I’ll cherish what I have,
and enjoy life whilst I can.

And when the time comes
for them to finally proclaim
‘dust to dust, and ashes to ashes,
I know that Saint Peter
will be standing at the Pearly Gates
ready to usher me in with the words;
for a long life well lived.
Welcome to your divine abode,
Welcome into your Shangri-la.”

I am an epic introvert, who quickly becomes an open book when I pen what’s in my significantly fertile mind; fertile as a result of bombardment by realities that are continuously captured by my inquisitive eyes, ears which are constantly rubbing the ground, through constant reading, and through dreaming too.

Writing provides an opportunity to ‘say’ what my unapologetic quiet mouth will not say; which not only soothes me, but also bequeaths to me a relief, a release, and a hope that the written words will change the world, even if only one person at a time.

And so should you seek, that’s where to find me; deeply tucked inside the blankets of reading, seeing, listening, dreaming, and then writing.

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