"Real happiness is found in the struggles we undergo to realise our goals, in our efforts to move forward." Daisaku Ikeda
Every morning, If I get time I like to get myself a cool beverage, and sit down to read what’s been happening online. Often it’s reviewing all my news feeds and replying to my emails. But this morning I found some really good inspirational poems.
Over the last few days I’ve had a surge of motivation, a calling to continue writing. In particular, it is my poetry and short/spoken word pieces that I desire to craft. Accumulating bits and pieces of writing that reflects the way I think about the world and my experiences and feelings in this lifetime. Perhaps one day I’ll have enough direction to write something more substantial… maybe a piece of theatre? Develop my creative writing… Anyway!
It’s Autumn here. The weather is getting more erratic, and the rain is becoming more frequent. So inspired by the wintry transition and my own self discovery, I wanted to share this poem An Autumn Leaf, by Immanual Joseph. “Born in Chennai, India, Immanual is currently a scientist working to find a cure for cancer. His passion for creativity has fostered his ‘other-lives’ as writer, painter and radio-artiste. His two published books in tamil- Mirugam and Anichamalar- have received critical praise from readers in India and Malaysia. Immanual now lives in California with his wife and two wonderful children.”.
By Immanual Joseph
Yesterday, I was the mist of the waterfall
Tomorrow I will be a raindrop
Racing toward my destiny
I am the cloud
Floating amidst the mountain peaks
The hangman’s noose is empty
For I am life
I cannot be destroyed
The winds of adversity
Buffet and mould me
Yet I float free
I am freedom
The bird that flits happily
Among olive trees
I am the wind of the evergreen glades
I am boundless
Without secrets, without fear
I am love
The red ferns on mossy grass
I am Now
This hour, eternity
I know no beginning or end
I cannot be destroyed.
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