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Poetry Collaboration

Anupam has been in teaching for ten years, giving life training along with language training. She believes in the collective consciousness.



A journey from birth to the last breath,

Where one sows seeds of one's interest,

And as a result, crosses heaven and hells,

With each step gaining or losing the faith. (A)

It starts with the innocence of childhood,

Nurtured, and moulded by the environment,

Our unique personality takes over,

And the choices we make shape our future. (J)

We keep learning from the close ones,

As well as the ones, we see around us,

Mistakes become our best teacher of life,

At every stage teaching us to improvise. (A)

‘Watch and learn’ should be our mantra in life,

Always striving to improve on past efforts,

And aiming to be the very best we can,

Our eyes always focussed on the end goal. (J)

There is a goal that's fixed and eternal,

That shouldn't be moved by any external,

And there are a few more changing colours,

Shifting with the capricious cravings. (A)

So, live a life that makes a difference,

Prove that you were created for a purpose,

And that even the smallest things you do,

Add positive vibes to the world around. (J)

Varied problems may arrive and leave

At times you might feel all alone,

But the one who will be always with you

Is the one who resides within, your soul. (A)

What's Life?

The question of life is one of the most complicated or absurd questions, isn't it?

As deep we get into this curiosity that much puzzled we become. Why are we living this life? What's the purpose of this life? When we have to die already then why do we need to take birth? Isn't it like entering a room from one door, play for a while and then leave from the other door?

When we are to meet our loved ones, how excited we are, how many plannings we have for the meeting but when we meet and then depart it all look like nonsense. Why did we meet on the first hand if we had to leave each other?

I didn't indulge in this question this much till I myself experienced death from very close. I gave birth to a premature child who died within three days of her birth. Till today I regret not looking at her face when the doctor showed her to me. I was nauseous at that time so couldn't look at the blood-soaked child then. Because of her problems, she was shifted to NICU and once she left it was not revealed to me as I might break my stitches in that emotional trauma. Somehow that accidentally was broken to me by some relative and I had some problem in my stitches. I am feeling the same sort of pain while typing this. I didn't understand yet, why was she born if she didn't have anything to do in this life? What was the motif behind that?

Okay, let's explore our own life. What are we doing? What kind of changes are we able to bring in this world? What are we going to do in the end? Modernization, industrialization, mechanization ....what next? What kind of civilization are we talking about? Is it about wealth, knowledge, wisdom, popularity, or something else?

Recently I started to read a book based on the conversations of U G Krishnamurthy, titled "Thought is Your Enemy" which shows through various examples that this preparation to have utter fulfilment of any desire is nonsense. He states that the body can't take uninterrupted pleasure for long; it would be destroyed. And reading his thoughts has really shattered all my thoughts.

© 2020 Anupam Mitu


Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on June 28, 2021:

Thanks John. How are you? I would like to connect with you. Please let me know how and when.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 20, 2020:

I love the video/reading of the poem, Anupam. Your nephew did a great job reading my words...much better than I could have.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on December 19, 2020:

Thank you dear. Lots of love.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 18, 2020:

Thank you, Bill and Ruby.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 18, 2020:

I loved reading your collaboration about life and death. I think we all wonder, " What's it all about Alfie " then we continue on our journey, hoping to see our loved ones again when our eye's close for the last time.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on December 18, 2020:

Thank you, Bill.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 18, 2020:

Very interesting, very helpful! Nice collaboration!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 18, 2020:

Thank you Ann, Chitrangada and Chrish. This collaboration was Anupam's idea and I think it worked well. We appreciate your comments.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on December 18, 2020:

Thank you so much Chrish, from both John and me. John is an awesome character. I know him only through his writings still, he agreed to collaborate with me. It was so much of fun. We did this long back but couldn't post it earlier.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on December 18, 2020:

Thank you so much dear Chitra. Your pleasing words encourage to write more and more. This is life. :)

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on December 18, 2020:

Thank you, Ann. Though that happened almost a decade ago, the regret is the same. I used to see her in my dreams with tears in her blurry eyes, "Mumma, you didn't even see me!"

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on December 18, 2020:

A huge thanks for the life lessons you guys have addressed. This could be the most important lesson to learn before stepping the outside world -uncertainties was born before us and is unavoidable. Well I can say You're one of the bravest silent soldier I've ever known. Lots of Love from the Philippines :-)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 18, 2020:

This was a wonderful read and appreciations to both of you, John and Anupam. Lot of deep thoughts, words of wisdom involved in the poem and the afterthoughts, about life and our existence.

Thank you for sharing this.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 18, 2020:

Thought-provoking and poignant. Well done to you and John.

How awful to have lost a child - I can see why this would make anyone question the purpose of life.


Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on December 18, 2020:

Thank you so much, John. It was really a great experience collaborating with you. I hope to do this for a few more topics. Take care.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 18, 2020:

Thank you for sharing our collaboration here, Anupam. You did a wonderful job with your commentary "What's Life?" also. Well done. It was fun working with you on the poem.

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