"Be unfazed before obstacles. Though there are crushing walls and boundaries, set no limit, but walk-through”
on a sea strand, have you watched empty shells
mercilessly tossed from sea to shore and from shore to sea?
often I shrink and reduce to such a shell,
with jagged and broken edges, colorless and empty
among many castaways, I lie half buried under the sand
waiting for some wave to wash me away.
how tedious is my voyage
shuttling from father to mother and from mother to father
unable to openly confess who weighs more
on the balance of preference
through how many alleys and by ways
I have wandered, questioning my identity!
am I a puffer fish, being toxic the fisher men have discarded?
or a jarring note in a discordant symphony?
I wonder! I often ask myself!
destined to grow in mercurial climes,
planted in arid shallow soil
with the tap root trimmed, branches pruned,
and growth denied,
I, a stunted bonsai!
still I dream to be a towering tree,
that in profusion gives fruits and shade
a midget aspiring to be a Goliath
a hollow reed,
longing at once to be the singer and the song!
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