It was a shaky start
Of a momentous journey,
I wobbled like an acrobat
Walking on a slender rope
In the circus.
They doubted my skills,
They had a problem
With everything I did!
Like foes armed with arrows,
They attacked me with question marks–
How? Why? What?
I followed my heart blindly,
Chasing the tantalizing dreams.
I was tired, tried and tested,
But never did I think to give up!
I battled against the obstinate odds,
The twists and twirls of Fate,
The irrevocable pace of Time
And the pressure of hostile adversity.
It was a thorny path indeed,
A road of trials and tribulations,
A passage of loss and pain.
Like a much-awaited dawn,
I reached the gateway of prosperity
Where doors of auspiciousness
Ushered in the light and aroma
Of a beautiful future.
Success and prosperity
Trickled alongside like morning dew.
Ah! It was a hectic journey
That culminated with fruition,
A journey of tests and triumphs,
The very journey of life!
© Debasish Mishra
Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”
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Foreword . . .
How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to where they are today? Most of us have been bruised and beaten to find out who we really are within; to find joy in this life we have been given. We are flawed beings with imperfect paths, and those turbulent journeys can either make us or break us.
It is easy to blame our past wrongs, the people who have tarnished our trust, and the bad bets the world throws at us. But we still hold the power to make a choice to become better than the humans who hurt us; to be the voice of change by learning from the experiences which have attempted to break us. Along the many roads traveled, the decisions we make will determine who we are to become.
Take a moment to walk in another’s shoes. The poets here have opened their Pandora’s Box, not to release the personal demons that taunt or once to keep them confined, but to share how to sever the weights one is shackled to.
Donna J. Sanders, Author
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