Sunday, November 30, 2008

FREEDOM...


Since childhood I was fascinated by sea, searching its boundries while sitting on the shore but never able to make out!! It has always appeared like a magnanimous blanket to me, hiding all the secrets of this earth within, like a faithful soldier committed to safeguard enormous wealth of this planet till his last breath…But alas!! It is still captured within the cage of this earth, yearning to fly, yearning to be free, hiding the aches inside its depth sometimes quietly, sometimes bursting in a storm of emotions expressing its helplessness… People come, they admire its charisma, its outer beauty but what about its inner misery?? The sun rises, it sets, then again rises, but still there is darkness, still there is eeriness, still there is mystery… Those waves full of dreams & ambitions, emerge with full hope & confidence, with a desire to touch the sky, with a desire of capturing few of those wandering clouds somewhere deep within but extinguish with those unfulfilled wishes & submerge in that dark well of ocean…But are they dead?? Or preparing to remerge again, for a battle against the failures, against the destiny, with the weapons of courage & patience…
As we are a free nation, a question which I want to put in front of all of you is, what does ‘freedom’ mean to you?? This word has different meanings for everybody…To me it is that pleasure which one gets from petty things (no great happening required at all!!!) That feeling to be on our own, to explore those things about which nobody has thought of, to dance on your favorite music, to roam around the city alone in a bus or maybe metro, to buy your favorite dress with whatever expenses you have, to eat whatever you feel like in your favorite restaurant, to express your thoughts & to be happy in whatever state you are…
If freedom is such a ‘small’ word, then why one feels caged, helpless & surrendered?? Why one succumbs to the chains of this cruel world?? Why one feels breathless in the strands of this earth & searches for his own sky?? These are few questions which come to my mind repeatedly…
That’s why I have tried to depict that helplessness in my poem Samander…. It’s the story of a girl who feels caged on this earth like the ocean, very helpless, but jealous of that magnanimous blue sky which looks like a playground to her, huge yet so confined, still yet so moving, mysterious yet so attractive, quite yet so tempting…she has everything but still empty handed, still yearning for more, still searching for destiny , her purpose of being… as if everything stolen by that mysterious sky, to which she is attracted, coz it has everything which she doesn’t or at least it seems to be that way!! she is alive but still trying to climb the staircase of life… she has lots of desires, lots of submerged wishes, dreams, ambitions but very vague, like a jigsaw puzzle which she is still trying to sort out… Her life is a never ending epic of failures, each chapter taught her to rise, to shine & to make her own destiny…
And so I dedicate my poem Samander to that small girl in me who yearns to break the strands of rules & fly with all her wings spread in the blue sky….

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