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Nov 10, 2010

WHISPERS: Old Man at The Ghat




Some verses in Free Form Haiku on 'Pain'
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Pain is 
When you feel like
Stopping the sunrise 

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Each day brings me
Hope
Always an imposter
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Your words; A mantra
I keep chanting them
To numb my pain 
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The beauty of loneliness
Lies in the pain
It gives her love
 

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This image is from holy city Varanasi,
On the banks of river Ganges @2004

I saw the old man at the Ghat*
(A bathing place at the river bank)
Long time back, but
He still continues to follow
Me and my thoughts
Incite me to dig deeper
On life
On death
On belonging that is lost.

But he does not know
I am handicapped too
By pain, loss and loneliness
Life to be, has become
A colorless phase
Slowly passing, grain by grain
Like the sand, in the hour glass.

I have no clear vision
Even dreams are marred
By an imposter
Hope
Playing kaleidoscope of light
At the end of tunnel

Why there is a light, only at the end
In tunnels of life
Which never ends, Alive
At the end
And we blindly live, on and on

And I keep walking, on and on
Dripping past Karma
In drops of sweat and tears
Creating a fiery blood line
That keeps me burned to the past
I believed that I am loosing it all

It’s been so long
The old man now walks besides, me
Holding my hand, talking
Knowing
Feeling
That I am lost too
In the maze of life
Dust claims dust
We will die too
With Karmic baggage intact
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 नमः शिवाय 
Om Namah Shivaya

The old man at the Ghat (The bathing place on the banks of a river) was first published in One Stop Poetry (- a vibrant group of great poets). To read the interview and selected verse and my thoughts on Karma Yoga,

Submitted to Monday Poetry Potluck Nov 14, 2010
Click here to add your own and read some great verses from great people

39 comments:

  1. Your every word is inspiring ! so much brilliance and simplicity rolled into one ! love reading you :)

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  2. really nicely done, my friend. Enjoyed the haikus particularly; capturing such a lot in so few words.

    Cheers

    Luke @ WordSalad

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  3. Thanks Ladynimue, I value your comments very much... look forward to seeing you again...
    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

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  4. Dear Luke
    Thanks for your appreciation. I value it so much...
    Thanks
    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

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  5. Beautifully presented of such a giantic whirl of emotional strife. I hung on every word!

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  6. Wonderful poems. I love the line "dripping past karma in drops of sweat and tears." Most excellent!

    Teresa

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  7. Love this --Really an amazing poem -the visual of the old man who is ultimately us ..ultimately dust ...My favorite of yours...indeed..thank you for sharing your emotions here...bkm

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  8. I really enjoyed this ... at times I hate looking in others mirrors seeing myself .... but I am hooked on poetry and then again, it good to see oneself through others eyes, even if they don't know it.

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  9. lovely poems you are sharing here..

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  10. You write really well Shashi. Good work and touching too as I can relate to it.

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  11. But he does not know
    I am handicapped too
    By pain, loss and loneliness
    Life to be, has become
    A colorless phase...

    Super brilliant piece, these lines are divine.
    Thanks for the support to poetry potluck.
    Happy Reading!

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  12. Beautiful images, brilliant telling.

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  13. great work. I particularly liked the first haiku. nice job!

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  14. These are so powerful. What struck me most was this verse:

    Even dreams are marred
    By an imposter
    Hope
    Playing kaleidoscope of light
    At the end of tunnel

    Thanks for your comments, Shashi
    Victoria

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  15. Lovely haiku. And you always have the right pictures for your posts. Brilliant.

    http://wordsworthmillions.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/cold-night/#comment-293
    http://wordsworthmillions.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/spring-in-my-heart/#comment-294

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  16. Pain expressed in a beautiful way. So well penned.

    Anita.

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  17. Inspiring and true!Our continous battle with pain are well described!

    And I love the photo.There's a vulnerable aura around it!

    Great work,Shashi!

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  18. The last line is super- spiritual..
    May be I should share this- I am already on my trial to balance my Karmas..

    Those small verses were very nice- aptly describing the word and what we get and what we love to give.. Maybe we should become a little more contented with what we have..

    Alas- humanly desires..

    Very well crafted treat MyD Shashi.. :)
    Bless you xx

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  19. Beautiful and amazing :) I do agree with Olivia, short and sweet that tells so many things =P Happy Poetry Potluck^^~

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  20. "Why there is a light, only at the end
    In tunnels of life
    Which never ends, Alive
    At the end
    And we blindly live, on and on..."

    these are really powerful lines. what a brilliant piece! thanks for sharing.

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  21. Very thought provoking. You really know how to weave words and images.

    JP

    http://tasithoughts.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/into-his-eyes/

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  22. yeah for haiku. great work! -=7∞ miles=-

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  23. Shasi,
    Beautiful haikus. I love "the old man at the Ghat". You have a lovely blog and thanks for visiting me.
    Pamela

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  24. As always, your work speaks volumes with the minimum of words. I see the Old Man is still with you, as he is with us all...lovely stuff.

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  25. The haikus were thought provoking. The old man was spiritual. I enjoyed it all. Very well written.

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  26. Your words; A mantra
    I keep chanting them
    To numb my pain
    ~This one is my favorite of the free verse, very nice.

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  27. Some tight lines in there. As ever, your particular blending of photos and words has set me to thinking, and ruminating on some writings of my own - a beautiful crafting of various poetic expressions here, Shashi.

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  28. The question about the light at the end of the tunnel... wow... I´ve never asked myself something so deep you know?
    I really loved this poem!
    Thanks for sharing

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  29. "slowly passing grain by grain like sand in the hourglass"- great line! nice piece!

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  30. Wonderful haikus and poems, Shashi. I read the interview. Nice to know you better.

    Happy Potluck!

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  31. Such a beautiful poem...especially the lines about the "light at the end of the tunnel", and the one about the hourglass.

    Thanks for visiting me,
    Nev (The Street Lamp)

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  32. thanks for linking up with potluck.

    http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/moods-are-like-dark-woods-4-potluck-week-10/

    award/treats for you. smiles.
    welcome to poets rally week 33.
    let me know if you are ready.

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  33. in life we all feel lost and lonely from time to time. i loved how you captured the spiritual aspect of our natural confusion toward life and death, and even the beauty of it.
    great one :) my potluck piece
    http://belladonna23.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/sonnet-i/

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  34. THE WRITING IS ESCELLENT, IT TOUCH ME VERY MUCH COS, INDIA IS AS THEY SAYS MOTHER INDIA TO ME TOO, DESPISE I AM FRENCH.
    I WAS ONLY THERE LAST YEAR BUT MY ONLY CRITISME WOULDBE, I EXPECTED IT THIS, BEFORE I WENT, THE POVERTY, THE HORROR BUT MOST OF ALL THE SADNESS AND WHAT I FOUND, WAS SMILES ALL AROUND, HAPPYNESS, AND I SUSPECT MORE THEN WE HAVE IN OCCIDENT, INDIA IS FOR ME, LOVE, FRIENDS, FUN, SPIRITUALITY, MYSTERIES, SUN.
    I FEEL THE POEM , AS I SAY IS WRITTEN IN EXCELLENT WAY, IT DOES ONLY PERPETUATE THIS IDEA OF INDIA BEING SOME COUNTRY WHERE NO JOY/ HAPPYNESS ETC...DUE TO LACK OF MONEY I WOULD TRADE ANY DAYS TO LIVE IN INDIA IF I COULD THEN ENGLAND, AND SO ACTUALLY IS THE PLAN EVENTUALLY.
    REGARDS

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  35. forget my rudness, i should have start my comment with Namaste ( i have no escuse as this is my favorite way to say hello to another person) as i know the meaning, it was bad, i am sloppy tonight but it is almost 6am and i have not being in bed...
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Herve

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  36. @abthomas : Thanks for your comments. I am glad that you liked it.

    @razzamadazzle Thanks

    @bkm: Thanks for appreciating

    @ljm : Yes sometimes its good to see through someone else’s perspective. It gives balance in life.

    @Fiveloaf: Thanks

    @budh.aaah: Thanks and I am glad that you are enjoying it and it reflects something for you personally.

    @Jingle: I am happy that you are liking this. I enjoy poetry potluck so I am there.

    @Reflections : Thanks for liking this, look forward to your visit again.

    @Industrialarts: Thanks

    @liv2write2day: Thank you very much.

    @Wordsworthmillions: I have always enjoyd taking pictures: I have visited your blog too and liked them so much.

    @Aquarius63: Thank you, look forward to your visit again.

    @June_butterfly: Thanks June, I appreciate your comment

    @Templeton’s Fury: I am glad that you liked it.

    @Olivia: Please go ahead and share whatever you like. Thanks for appreciating. Contentment is the key to being happy.

    @Riikainfinityy: Thanks

    @Pink Lady: I am greatful for your comments
    @Tasithoughts: Thank you, have checked your blog and enjoyed reading them

    @700miles: thanks

    @flaubert: Thanks

    @Hedgewitch: Yes, He is always with us, only if we choose to see. Thanks for your comments

    @DanRobertson: Thank you.

    @Suzicate: This one is my favorite too, nowadays. I relate and live this every day.
    @Cianphelan: thanks and I do like to put pictures that blend with the thought. I enjoy taking them too. I am glad that these one’s got you thinking too.

    @Lu Ann: Finally we all think about this eternal thought… I am glad that this triggered you into thinking about it… thanks for your comment.
    @Tekia: Thanks

    @Musingbymoonlight: thanks and I am glad that you read the interview. Thank you.

    @Thestreetlamp: Thanks, Nev hope to see you again …

    @Jingle: Thanks for the awards. I always enjoyed being in the group and enjoy reading such wonderful poets…

    @Belladonna23: Thanks for liking the spiritual aspect of it. I have enjoyed reading yours too.

    @HERVE NAUDET Dit Margot: Thank you for such wonderful words. I enjoyed reading your work too. Thanks for visiting and I look forward to see you again. Let me know when you are coming to India, we will try to meet… Don’t worry about ‘Namaste’ … Om Namah Shivaya

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

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  38. Nice...Loved the haikus and the poem... :)

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