At the outset, I would like to Thank Kev, for offering me this wonderful opportunity of talking about my first poetry book, which is very dear to my heart.
Shadows look fascinating when we follow them, try to catch them as children or when we revel around in the prime of youth, oblivious of their darker aspects. They unfold their sombre side as we try to understand life.
Here I am, in conversation with my mentors, the shadows of life.
Hi Shadows, I always found you sublime. Come let’s celebrate the sunshine.
Why only sunshine? We like darkness too. Need we remind you?
I know, you sway; you scare yet your messages are sublime. You are transitory, you feed on our weaknesses. The day I understood you, your reverence grew within me. You reconnect me to the past, the bruised emotions and the lost passions. You linger around me even when I try to brush you away. Are you so nasty to everybody?
We haunt all people. We try to pull them into darkest corridors to acquaint them with their capabilities. When we try to trap them, when we conspire to encage them, self-awakening hits them. Those who like to dwell in our shade realize what a torture it is live in the pool of tears but we give voice to muted desires and mental anguish.
Don’t you come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior to enforce your influence, bringing along detachment and shattering our most valued dreams?
We just create awareness. Detachment is the other side of attachments you willingly enter into. You may try very hard to hold on to your treasures, they would slip away one day.
I remember the day you fell on all those wonderful years of delight and pride. I can never forget the way you swept all my joys into one gigantic abyss.
We always keep the embers alive. Even a flickering flame can guide your way and we step aside when you look at the twinkling stars, replete with hope of a new dawn.
But you create anxiety and acrimony all over the world. Your long streaks touch everyone. People watch dumbstruck:
We pervade all around humanity, challenging each one of you to comprehend the harmony of thoughts and usher in a new order of inner peace and serenity. The choice lies with you.
You have been my best pal. You have helped me so much in understanding life, in conquering my pain, in forgiving myself from all the guilt. You made my poetry profound. You have enriched my life by making me perceptive and forgiving. How can I thank you?
You have done that by dedicating your poetry book to us. We love the title of your book – ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’
Shadows…I love you! I have rediscovered you with the help of my grandchildren, with whom I chase you once again!
Meet the poet:
Balroop Singh, a former teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing. The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’ She also writes non-fiction and has written three more books.
You can visit her blog at: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com
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