Yes, I know that I forgot
what I was sent to buy this morning;
I know that I even misplaced the money,
but I won’t let that dim my joy
as I go home this evening.
It won’t dim my joy because
my day was full of undiluted, free-spirited,
and innocent happiness.

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Yes, Yes, I know that
the livestock that I was grazing
wandered off and cleared
the neighbours’ crop,
but to regret I will not;
I won’t regret it because
I’ve spent a day that was full of pure,
genuine, and unadulterated joy.

Yes, I know it’s always sad for me
when dusk sets in and
my peers and I have to part ways;
but to regret I won’t because
I’m satisfied and contented
no matter what greets me when I get home;
whatever will be, let it be.

Yes, I know that
some spanking will come my way, with love,
and then
I’ll be all cleaned up and ready to go to bed;
but to regret I will not because
at the dawn of tomorrow’s day,
the cycle will be repeated
and I’ll be once more
out there where I’d rather be anytime,
with my peers.

I’ll join my age-mates with whom,
we are all equal despite sex,
our guardian’s status in society,
race, tribe, religion, colour, or creed;
we do not discriminate; we do not judge.
We just blend nicely into
one perfect mix of hearty laughter, sweat,
energy, satisfaction and contentment.

When we are together,
we lock the rest of the world outside;
all other circumstances don’t matter,
and the smile grows broader
the rougher and riskier the game.

Yes, I know that my parents mean me well,
and I’ll not let them down.
I may look minuscule and trivial for now;
below the dominant forces that surround me;
but as I continue to play with my peers,
I’ll be steadfast and committed
to build a strong foundation
for a future that cannot be
suppressed or strangled;
my eyes will remain sharply focussed
on my Utopic horizon.

And yes, I know that when the time is right,
and I’m all grown up,
I’ll fly like the mighty eagle;
to my assured bliss.

Yes, I know that you my parents, and my guardians
are under pressure and are all stressed up.
I know that you’d want to live in my world
of playfulness, fun, humour, creativity,
innocence, wonder, awe, sensitivity,
and spontaneity.

And you can, yes you can, only if you decide
to forgive fast and move on,
even after fighting, without keeping grudges,
only, like us, needing short apologies.

Yes you can, but only if you decide
to have fun by regularly keeping aside
the pressures and responsibilities of adulthood.

Yes you can, but only if you decide
to create freely without thinking too much
about your creativity, just expressing it,
without caring that you will be judged,
just following your instincts and
creating and writing whatever comes
to your minds and hearts.

Yes you can, but only if you decide
to not shut up about what you want,
to speak the truth always, to call it like it is.

Yes you can, but only if you decide
to pursue your dreams and desires
and not to take no for an answer
as relentlessly and as passionately.

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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