Swim Against The Waves— Poem

Updated on September 14, 2020
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Chitrangada likes to express herself by writing fiction and poetry. Her writing reflects her mood and is inspired by the beauty of nature.

Swimming against the waves
Swimming against the waves | Source

Swimming against the waves— Poem

You could have chosen,

To walk along, or walk away,


But, you chose to crawl,

When you could have run,

Why do you fear now,

After taking this path,


Hold on to your self belief,

Listen to your inner voice,


Don't be afraid of the darkness,

As the Sun will shine again.


Difficult paths will lead you,

To beautiful destinations,


Can you deal with the regrets,

If you walk away now,


Remember, that you are strong,

And you have a role to play,


Push yourself hard enough,

As you are the chosen one,


Remember that the almighty assigns,

The best tasks, only to those few,


Who can stand up in adversity,

Obstacles, hardships, barriers,


Let nothing, nothing, stop you,

As you can swim against all odds.


Swimming against the tides.
Swimming against the tides. | Source

The Theme and The Message of the poem.

Many times, and on many occasions, we come across an ocean of obstacles, a mountain of hurdles, in achieving our goals in life. A normal person would give up easily. But, those with an iron will to succeed, will try and try, till they succeed. And even if they fail, they learn lessons from their failures.

Still further, sometimes you have to take a stand, to stand with the truth, and I am sure, everyone knows, how difficult it becomes. During those difficult moments, it’s your inner strength only, which is your friend or your companion.
It’s so much easier to go along with the wave, but you need a firm resolve, a determined mind, an unfailing will power, and hope, to go against all the odds, and succeed in the end.


© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      43 hours ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rania heikal, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you found it inspiring.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this poem. Much appreciated.

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      Rania heikal 

      2 days ago

      A motivating and inspiring poem that gives strength and perseverance to anyone to complete and commence his way.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this poem.

      Appreciate your kind words of appreciation. Thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 days ago from Dubai

      An inspiring poem so well expressed. As you say it is easy to go with the flow but it takes great courage and strength to swim against the current and succeed.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Prithviraj, for appreciating the poem. I am glad that you liked it and found it inspirational.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Chrish Canosa, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you found this helpful. Thank you and good day.

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      Prithviraj Shirole 

      5 days ago from India

      The poem is inspiring and full of positivity. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chrish Canosa 

      6 days ago from Manila Philippines

      I have been deluge with undying thoughts maybe because of the quarantine ?

      Thanks for the poem Ms Sharan! It helps me a lot.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      How beautifully expressed Lora! You have shared the same thoughts, which was going on in my mind, while composing this poem.

      You are right about losing our own self respect, if we do not hold on to our principles.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this poem. Appreciate your kind words and support.

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      Lora Hollings 

      6 days ago

      This is a wonderful poem about standing by your principles and not just giving up or walking away because it’s the easier path. If we cave into outside pressure because we are afraid of what others may think, we end up losing so much more such as our self-respect! What is our life worth if we don’t stand up for what we believe to be right and just walk away when we have a chance to make a real difference? A meaningful life in which we have endeavored to do our best to overcome obstacles and not compromise our values is what will give us the deepest satisfaction in the end! I love the message of your beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Danny, for sharing your valuable thoughts on this poem. You speak with wisdom.

      We are responsible for the choices we make, and the paths we decide to move forward. Nothing comes in a platter. Life is like that. But those who persevere, have the satisfaction of achieving everything, with hard work.

      Appreciate your thoughts and comments. Thank you and take care.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MsDora, for reading and appreciating the poem. I am glad that you found it inspirational.

      Always a pleasure to read your encouraging comments. Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Liz Westwood, for reading and commenting on this poem.

      Some of my compositions are for self motivation. I am glad that it is inspiring the readers too.

      Thank you so much. Have a wonderful day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you liked the poem, the photo and the message.

      Always a pleasure to hear from you. Much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you liked it.

      Have a wonderful day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      That’s a beautiful and evergreen song, you are referring to.

      Many thanks for reading and appreciating the poem, Vanita.

      Thank you so much.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      You are right Peggy. Self belief is the most important motivation. We must hold on to that. Things become easier, if we have that.

      Thank you so much for always supporting and encouraging me.

      Much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rosina, for reading and appreciating the poem.

      We all need that kind of encouragement, from time to time, me included. It always seems impossible, till it is achieved.

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed John, and many thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts. I agree with you, and I am glad that you found it relatable.

      Many thanks for reading and appreciating. Thanks a lot.

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      Danny 

      6 days ago from India

      This poem makes you introspect yourself deep down within. You can be a normal person cruising through life with the crowd or you can break free from the clutter and carve your own path We are the ultimate decision-makers of our life. Going against the flow or cutting through the monotony is the dream of many but sometimes we need to go with the flow in order to achieve the self goals.

      i liked the concept Chitra mam.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dana Tate, for your kind words of appreciation.

      Pleased to read your positive comments. Thank you for reading and good day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Well said Bill. You have been there, done that, and I admire your self determination in the journey of life.

      Those successes are sweet, which are achieved by hard work.

      Thank you for reading and sharing your wonderful thoughts.

      Thank you and good day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker, for your kind words of appreciation.

      Pleased to read your positive feedback and support. Much appreciated.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Pamela, for your positive comments.

      I am glad you liked the message. Sometimes I myself need that boost, and therefore this poem.

      Thank you and good day.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

      Many good messages in your poem. Like your introduction and I especially like "Difficult paths will lead you, / To beautiful destinations," Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 days ago from UK

      You capture a lot about the struggles of life in this beautifully illustrated poem.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is what it is and one needs to be strong against all odds. Beautiful poem and I like the photo. It is enlightening, and makes us feel strong and encouraged to live each day.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The poem and the prose are inspiring. Thank you for creating the article, Chitrangada.

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      Vanita Thakkar 

      7 days ago

      This is a complete and beautifully flavoured dose of inspiration and courage. Loved it.

      Reminded of the evergreen inspiring Hindi Film song - Ruk jaanaa nahin to kaheein haar ke ....

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Your poetry shows the strength of an indomitable spirit. Few people breeze through life without obstacles of one sort or another. Your message also serves in a cheerleading mode. We can do it if we try!

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      Rosina S Khan 

      7 days ago

      I like the way you encourage us, Chitrangada. Yes, most of us are going through hard times, and in these moments, we need to to swim against all odds, persevere and come out on top. Thank you for this wonderful poem.

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      John Hansen 

      7 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, you often need to swim against the waves until you get out to the perfect spot to catch an incoming wave as it rises and carries you into the shore. It is the same with overcoming obstacles in life. sometimes you just have to ride out the difficult times and eventually you will conquer them. Great poem.

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      Dana Tate 

      7 days ago from LOS ANGELES

      This is a beautiful poem with an inspiring message. I enjoyed it very much.

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      Ankita B 

      7 days ago

      Wonderful poem with a beautiful message. Yes it is one's will power what keeps them going.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the message. It could easily have been written about me. I often wonder what it would be like to swim with an outgoing tide rather than fighting the incoming. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Beautifully done. I think this poem is just perfect for us to reflect on and perhaps have a better life. Thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      I loved the message in this poem and your explanation was exactly what I took from the poem. Sometimes we do need to be very strong and stand up against the odds, Chitrangada.

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