I told myself today


Lying on the bed this morning,

I saw the cerulean grey sky : a checkered pattern of clouds, streaks and waves

I saw the blue dome of the building across: a silhouette on that washed canvas

I saw the birds: free, their wings spread, gliding on the vast dance floor

And I told myself   –

Today, focus on the good

But the monkey in my brain preferred so much the bad

And I told myself 

Today, you have a million reasons to smile

But the one reason that weighed me down cast a shadow over the rest

And I told myself 

Today, celebrate friendship and love

But  my incalcitrant heart  preferred to mourn betrayal and manipulation

As I lay and continued to look,

I saw the sun – light up the dance floor and color the canvas a hint of orange-red

I saw a halo of clouds around the dome and tiles illuminated by the rays

I saw the rays sneak in through the window and kiss my eyelids

They told me, ‘Rise’

And so I rose-

My heart, my brain and I

Like the Sun

Took this picture outside a shop window in Ubud, Bali


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7 responses to “I told myself today”

  1. Abirbhav Avatar

    Beautifully penned poem..!! Thank you Madam for sharing.. 😊
    The picture resembled Hiranandani Powai Campus. Do you live there? My office is quite close by..

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Abirbav. Glad you enjoyed reading the poem…the world is indeed small.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Abirbhav Avatar

        You are welcome Madam.. ☺️
        Yes, it seems that the world is small..!! I work in Powai only btw..

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  2. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    If only we could always choose to have a good day, but with the beautiful images you begin with, it’s no wonder this poem ends positively!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Waking up to your comment makes it a good day instantaneously :). Thank you. It’s always great to hear from you.
      Sometimes, one just has to try harder to see the good things around right?

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  3. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    A beautiful poem, Smitha, with a lovely and uplifting ending.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Robbie. Have been following your holiday pics. Scotland looks just the place to relax…so serene and peaceful.


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