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I Want to Go Back to My Roots

Umesh is a freelance writer contributing his creative writings on varied subjects in various knowledge and educational sites in internet.

Preface

A person leaves his native place for making a career and earn money and settles down in other place. Some of them are from a small remote town or village and often remember their childhood and the nostalgic beauty of their small towns or villages. This poem is an effort to show the feelings of a person who has attained prosperity in the city but his or her mind is there with his native place and in its simple and easy environment. Incidentally, one of my younger brothers Dr R P Bhatt shows his yearnings for this type of affinity for our hometown and I have dedicated this poem to him only.

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I want to go back to my roots

I want to go back to my roots now,
A remote distant village in the serene hill valleys.
Its no place for me, this artificial world,
I want to play childhood games in my village alleys.

I am not happy in this jungle of concrete,
Where human emotions are of no value indeed.
I long to go back to my native place now,
To enjoy the simple, easy life with good deeds.

Decades gone, I left that heavenly abode,
Made a career, became prosperous in worldly ways.
Didn't know when I turned old through all that,
Prosperity I gained was in lieu of my hair greys.

What I became finally an old man in the metro,
Searching for the identity, through criss-cross lanes.
I have lost completely the vigour of my life in this,
Relentlessly following wealth and health pains.

I am alone here though people think me a socialite,
It is secret that I only know my sufferings and my plight.
I want to fly deep in the sky like a flemingo,
Something akin to small and whispering rivulets flow.

I want to go back to my roots now,
A remote distant village in the serene hill valleys.
Its no place for me, this artificial world,
I want to play childhood games in my village alleys.

Endnote

Some people have great liking and affinity for their hometown and they show it through various manifestations in their behaviour. Not everyone is like that. Those who yearn for it sometimes visit and stay there to rekindle the old memories. Believe me that is sometimes a great fun. One can avail this great source of joy anytime in his life. It is worth trying.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly on July 30, 2020:

Lovely poem and I can relate to it. Missing the Bombay of my childhood when it was so calm, clean and so uncrowded.

bhattuc on July 30, 2020:

Dora, happy to see that you went through the poem so deeply.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 29, 2020:

Umesh, I relate to the sentiments in the poem, having spent many years in foreign lands. Well done!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 11, 2020:

Peggy, thanks for your visit and sharing your experiences. Appreciate much.

Stay home, stay safe and stay blessed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2020:

You have evoked some fond childhood memories in your poetry and have made me think of my childhood days spent in the countryside of Wisconsin. Much has changed in the decades since my last visit, but the memories of those days remain in my heart.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 22, 2020:

Bill, thanks for visiting. Good to know that you also have such nostalgic feelings.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 22, 2020:

I love the spirit of this fine writing. I would love to return to the world of my childhood. I have many happy memories of that time.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 22, 2020:

Anupam, thanks for visiting and for your nice comment. God bless you.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 22, 2020:

Excellent poem sir! Something that I too feel within.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 07, 2020:

Anurag, thanks for your beautiful comment.

Anurag on June 06, 2020:

Excellent and very poetic writeup!!

Wonderfully depicted the nostalgic feelings one perceive during his life journey!!

Great work!!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 04, 2020:

Liz, thanks for visiting and nice comment. Highly appreciate.

Liza from USA on June 04, 2020:

I totally can relate to this poem. I'm approaching five years living in the US, and I miss my hometown dearly. I miss my parents and my siblings mostly. I had a great childhood upbringing by my parents, and I have a close relationship with them. Yes, one day I'll be back to my roots. Thanks for the wonderful poem, Umesh.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 03, 2020:

Brenda, you are always so kind and caring. Thanks and stay blessed.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 03, 2020:

Veronica, so nice of you to visit here. Thanks for your lovely comment. Keep in touch. God bless you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 03, 2020:

Umesh,

The words in this poem are fantastic.

A yearning to go back home to one's hometown is quite a common feeling.

I visit mine from time to time but it has changed.

The people who live there now are different and no one really knows his neighbors.

It is nothing like the childhood place I remember in my thoughts.

Thanks for sharing.

Veronica Lewis from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania on June 03, 2020:

Very touching poem. Thank you for sharing!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 03, 2020:

Flourish, thanks for your visit and nice words.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 03, 2020:

Lora, thanks for your encouraging synopsis. Highly appreciate.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 03, 2020:

This makes me wish I had a real hometown. I moved around as a young child because of my father’s job. He eventually stayed put by the time I was in junior high school but I don’t go back to that community. I’m glad there is a place you feel welcomed and connected to since youth.

Lora Hollings on June 02, 2020:

I loved your poem, Umesh. Many of us assume that success and wealth will bring us happiness; only to find out in the end, that this couldn't be further from the truth. It is the simple things that bring us the greatest happiness. By going back to our childhood roots, returning to an earlier time or to the place where we grew up, we can often rekindle these feelings of peace and happiness which has been missing for a long time in our present lives. Wonderful writing!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 02, 2020:

Sankhajit, thanks a lot for your visit. Appreciate.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 02, 2020:

your poem has touched my heart

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 02, 2020:

Sangita: Thanks for your lovely comment.

Dr Bhatt: My dear brother, you are a kind soul.

Eric: Thanks for your positivity.

Chatra Ram: Thanks a lot, sister.

Jay: You have touched the practical side but hometown is hometown.

Ruby Jean: Thanks. You are right, we all yearn for it.

RoadMonkey: Thanks for your lovely detailed comment.

Liz: Happy that you liked it. Thanks.

Linda: So nice that you visited this one. Appreciate.

Rinita: Thanks for stopping by and your nice observation.

Rinita Sen on June 01, 2020:

Brought varied hidden emotions to the forefront. This longing to go back does show up frequently as one ages. Enjoyed reading this.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2020:

You have expressed the sense of longing and the yearning for home very well. I left the place where I was born when I was very young and don't remember living there, but I do yearn for the place where I grew up. For me, that's my hometown.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 01, 2020:

I really appreciate the rhythm in this poem. The repetition has a great effect of reinforcing the message. You have done a great job in capturing the nostalgia for home and discontent with the city.

RoadMonkey on June 01, 2020:

I left the place where I grew up at 19 to go to university and then got married there. I have only been back a few times since then. I am happy here where I am but I also have contact with friends on Facebook who remained there and it's good to reminisce over old times. What's the saying, "You can never step in the same river twice"?

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 01, 2020:

I would love to go back and live in my hometown, so many good memories. I think most people have an urge to go back home.

Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on June 01, 2020:

No, I do not wish to revisit my childhood home. I lived in a home where my father was insane (paranoid scitzophrinia). My mother divorced him right after having me. My older brother was also insane. Later my step father abused my mother due to his PTSD. I have learned They had a problem, Not Me. I learned to Forgive. Why is someone born insane?

On a separate issue, the Environment is destroyed due to all the small towns about the country side. Many small towns destroy animal habitat. The best thing to do is to reduce population and live in a city. I suggest the vasectomy to reduce world population to a sustainable level.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on June 01, 2020:

I Love my hometown

Great writing bro...

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 01, 2020:

Very cool. I like the flow. I love my hometown hope to visit soon as I hope you may.

Dr T P Bhatt on June 01, 2020:

By the way its very private but I want to tell you all that Umesh is 3 years elder to me and entire childhood I was surprised even jealous some time that how this is man is getting 100 out of 100 in maths and 95 out of 100 in Physics and how can he focuss so nicely on his studies.

He is god gifted and a very noble soul may God bless him and he continues to contribute on such deeper psyche of individuals!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 01, 2020:

Manatita, thanks for your beautiful encouraging comment. That is something wonddrful to have from such a senior poet. Highly appreciate.

Sangita on June 01, 2020:

This is a lovely poem - so full of yearning for your native place (which is truly beautiful) and nostalgia for the simpler life. Let’s hope, you can visit some time

manatita44 from london on June 01, 2020:

Your poem is very beautiful and brings back sweet memories. We are similar. I was born in a village and in the sun, like you, I presume. I so long for the village, not the city, life was so much sweeter and simpler!

Wonderful thoughts and sharing.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 01, 2020:

Thanks Lorna, you always encourage me. God bless you.

Lorna Lamon on June 01, 2020:

A beautiful dedication to your brother Umesh and you have managed to convey those feelings of yearning that I often experienced when I lived and worked abroad.