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The Fascinating Journey of Life


Ravi Shankar Rajan is a software program director who writes on varied subjects from history, archaeology to leadership and poetry.

The Fascinating Journey of Life

The Fascinating Journey of Life

The Musing

When I read Brenda Arledge's week-21 prompt "age", two contrasting thoughts came to my mind.

  • The reality - we all age every day
  • The fantasy - age is just a number

That set me thinking. Why do we need to fool ourselves into thinking that age is just a number? Why do we need to prove to others that we are much more energetic than our 40-something body? Can't we just go beyond numbers ?

Yes, just treat age like a motley of imperfect, gobbledegook experiences that have given us the wisdom to make our lives a little better every day. As George Burns has rightly said.

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.

The below poem is a collection of haikus about the journey of life and how aging plays an important role in it. Needless to say, they are inspired by dear Hubber Brenda Arledge's wonderful prompt "Age".

The Fascinating Journey of Life

Hate and love exist,
play and repeat in my life,
as an ageless song.

Loneliness is good.
It brings lost love, fond memories,
and an aging heart.

A lone cricket sings,
among new shoots of bamboo,
as I hide gray hair.

I write, edit, rewrite,
and create a masterpiece.
Experience ages.

Singing, planting rice,
village life makes me younger,
from stressful city life.

© 2021 Ravi Rajan


Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 18, 2021:

Thanks, Manatita for your kind comments. Yes feeling much better now.

manatita44 from london on July 18, 2021:

I totally agree Ravi, about village life. I was also born in a village called Hermitage. Hermitage is the English word for Ashram, Monastery, so I figure I was blessed.

You seem better, dare I say? I'm truly happy for you! Lovely write!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 18, 2021:

Thanks Miebakagh

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 18, 2021:

Ravi, I don't live in the city. But I visit it from time to time. Living in the village is best. This is where nature become your best friend. I live at the presinct of a water frmt bound by the Atlantic Ocean. Here I fish, swim, and relax on the water. You're poem delight and lighten my heart. Thanks.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 17, 2021:

Thanks, Vidya for your comments.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 17, 2021:

A good response to Brenda's word prompt Ravi. I liked the haikus. The simple, pure village life has been known to add years to one's life. Thanks for sharing.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 17, 2021:

Thanks Chitrangada

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Great response to the word prompt!

I agree, we are getting older everyday! It's a reality, which everyone should accept!

I liked reading your poems!

Well expressed and well done!

Thank you for sharing!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 17, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for your comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 17, 2021:


I love the quote,

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old." ~ George Burns

In "The Fascinating Journey of Life"

You tell us hate and love is an ageless song because it keeps repeating.

That loneliness is good because it comforts an aging heart within it's memories.

That age doesn't stop as we age for there are new wonders emerging each moment.

That experiences in life age us each day.

City life makes us feel older, unlike the village life where we can relax, singing while we work.

These haikus are all wonderful.

I will post a link in the word prompt article

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 17, 2021:

Thanks, John.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Nice work, Ravi. You covered both sides of ageing. A good response to Brenda’s word prompt.

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