A Return To Home

Another poem I submitted for a competition.

Walking through these dark alleys

A hundred memories flood my mind

A moment of quiet and repose

Is all I wish to find.

Mornings scented with prayers

And evenings scattered with play

Little nests of sparrows and pigeons

Raw mangoes and houses of clay.

All these and much more

Make for me a colourful past

That I can remember  in solitude

Floating in memories that I hold fast.

When the mornings arrive

Reality taps at my humble door

But my heart aches to return

And live those moments some more.

Not everyone gets the priviledge

To live in the lap of luxury

But hardly anyone knows

The pain and hidden misery.

The sparkling glasses of Champagne

And different tastes of wine

Large and shiny chandeliers

And uncut diamonds that shine.

I live amidst a world

Full of artificial smiles

Fashionable people with furs

And talks of contemporary styles.

Hidden beneath this shiny layer

IS a tale of despair and dejection

A hundred miles of solitary journey

And a life of fake affection.

As we grow up and move in life

Simple pleasures are replaced

By hundred secrets and lies

And faces that are displaced.

And then we begin to long for

Our nests and beloved homeland

Walking through a barren desert

We search for oasis in sand.

Some bitter truths of life

And some harsh realities after

We realise the value of simplicity

And our bubbles of ego shatter.

We again begin to discover

The beauty of a simple life

That money is all illusion

And only brings strife.

Spring water sparkles more

Than most expensive jewels

And in simplest of homes

Tranquillity and peace dwells.

The raw mangoes stolen

From a neighbour’s garden

Taste much better than

Expensive imported champagne.

Before it’s too late

Before all this vanishes

Let’s return back to that paradise

Which our heart so cherishes.

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