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Two Poems on Tomorrow - Who Has Ever Seen Tomorrow .... ??!! And Tomorrow's Today

Vanita Thakkar is an Entrepreneur - an Engineer-Researcher-Consultant and an Artist - Singer-Composer-Poetess-Writer from Vadodara, Gujarat.

Who Has Ever Seen Tomorrow .... ??!!


Yesterday was tomorrow

The day before,

Today was tomorrow,

Yesterday,

Tomorrow will be today,

Tomorrow,

Who has ever seen

Tomorrow .... ??!!

Who has ever seen

Tomorrow .... ??!!


- Vanita Thakkar (23-03-2021)

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Tomorrow's Today


The string of Time

Rolls on and on,

Gone, ever gone,

Coming, ever coming,

Now, on hand,

Ever slipping ....

Make the most of it,

To make

Tomorrow's Today

Blest and Lit.


- Vanita Thakkar (23-03-2021)

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Reflections ....


Tomorrow is a dream, an aspiration, an uncertainty - that arouses many feelings including, hope, curiosity, inspiration, apprehension and so on. It is on the farther side of the flow of Time, always presenting itself as the present and moving on to become past .... What we have on hand is today - now - the present .... And a lo...ng trail of unchangeable past that keeps adding up every moment also has to be handled by learning, enjoying and obtaining strength and inspiration from the memories, letting go and moving ahead ....

- Vanita Thakkar (25-03-2021)


This is in response to the word prompt challenge by co-author and poetess Brenda Arledge on Tomorrow ....

This word prompt - Tomorrow - also reminds of a very famous Doha by the great Saint Kabir on the importance of overcoming the usual, mundane laziness of postponing important tasks to the morrow ....

Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ab,

Pal Mein Paralay Hoegee, Bahuree Karegaa Kab.


Meaning :

Better do (the work) today than tomorrow, better do (the work) now than today.

Destruction / Doom takes just a moment to occur, when will you accomplish (your work) ?

About Doha ....

Doha is a very old "verse-format" of Indian poetry. It is an independent verse, a couplet, the meaning of which is complete in itself, that consists of rhyming couplets made up of twenty-four syllables each, composed in Mātrika metre.

Links to some Doha Songs available online ....

Kabir Amritvaanee - Some Popular Doha of Sant Kabir - The Doha Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar .... starts at 05:53 minutes in this compilation (just for information)

Doha from the Ramayana by Sant Tulsidasji - absolutely beautiful, divine music.


A picture of the Doha described in the article ....

A picture of the Doha described in the article ....

© 2021 Vanita Thakkar

Comments

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 27, 2021:

Thanks, MG Singhji for your visit and thoughtful comment.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 27, 2021:

A wonderful poem that relates to the metaphysical world. Very interesting.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 27, 2021:

Thanks, Ravi. Best wishes to you.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 26, 2021:

Very inspiring stuff here Vanita. There is hope, happiness, and expectation of a better tomorrow that is coming out through your poetry. Thanks for sharing.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 26, 2021:

Jay Shree Raama, Brother Manatita !!

manatita44 from london on March 26, 2021:

Namaskar Ji.

I have visited your videos and they are as sublime, as expected. I grew up with them in my earlier years of discipleship and many disciples love them. Guru ji has composed his own songs however, and they are one of the many mainstays of our Path.

Still, I used to love hearing the devotionals of Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeskar and Dillip Kumar. Today we have 24,000 Bengali and English songs by Sri Chinmoy and numerous boys and girls groups.

I am fond of Indian literature which are timeless and immortal and Ramayan is one of them. I listened to the other and have saved Ramayan by Tulsidas and will listen again, at quieter moments. Jai Ram!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 26, 2021:

Thanks, Ann. Sincerely appreciate your time and comment. I have also read some of the responses and loved them.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 26, 2021:

Thanks, John. Much appreciated.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 25, 2021:

Great poems, Vanita! I'm enjoying reading yours and everyone's poetry responses to Brenda's challenge.

Ann

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Both are lovely poems, Vanita. A great response to Brenda’s prompt.

manatita44 from london on March 25, 2021:

Thank you!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 25, 2021:

Thanks, dear Brenda. I am happy that you liked the poems.

Tomorrow is a dream, an aspiration, an uncertainty - that arouses many feelings including, hope, curiosity, inspiration, apprehension and so on. It is on the farther side of the flow of Time, always presenting itself as the present and moving on to become past .... What we have on hand is today - now - the present .... And a lo...ng trail of unchangeable past that keeps adding up every moment also has to be handled by learning, enjoying and obtaining strength and inspiration from the memories, letting go and moving ahead ....

I am glad that you liked the Doha. Our classical Indian Literature has scores of Doha-s, along with many other such forms of poetry that are interwoven in our daily lives and activities.

The Doha that I have mentioned here speaks about the urgency of coming out of the stagnant, obstinate mindset of worldliness to be able to attain, enjoy and fulfill higher and finer motives of Human Existence ....

Several Doha renderings are available online now. I have added a couple of links at the end of the article. You will enjoy them, even though the language is unfamiliar to you. Music is beyond the familiarity of language(s) - we all have some time or the other felt this and I say so on the basis of a long, first hand experience. Some Doha videos with English captions and translations might also be available. I will share them if I can locate them.

Lots of love and best wishes to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 25, 2021:

Thanks, Brother Manatita for your thoughtful comments. Sant Kabir, Tulsidasji, Bihari, Rahim and such seers left behind an extensive legacy of wisdom and knowledge in the form of their writings, many of which are in the form of Doha. I love listening to them and singing them .... I have composed and sung in a Music Album of Doha-s by Kabir, Tulsidas and Rahim, very well received by my audience.

Many good Doha Albums are available online now. Posting a couple of links that you and others might like.

https://youtu.be/JWrqvgJ4oLM - Some popular Doha by Sant Kabir - the one mentioned in my article is also there in this compilation at around 05:52 min.

https://youtu.be/e4rhml0Yvc8 - Dohas by Tulsidasji from the Ramayana - absolutely beautiful, divine music ....

Posted these links in the article as well.

Namaskaar and Best wishes to you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 24, 2021:

Vanita,

Thank you for blessing us with your work.

Your first poem absolutely had me laughing. Thought provoking...I actually don't think I've seen tomorrow.

Your second poem reminds us to make the most of time as it slips by us in hopes for a better tomorrow.

Both of theseare great writes.

Thanks for introducing us to Doha.

I love the last one...

What would we do if the world ends in this moment.

I shared this link on the bottom of my article.

manatita44 from london on March 24, 2021:

Timeless message and great take on the Doha. Kabir was up there with Rumi and Hafiz, probably higher. Shouldn't matter, they were all God's instruments. Great take on Brenda's prompt. It is actually a very lovely title. Om Shanti!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 24, 2021:

Thanks, dear Peggy for your thoughtful comments. I agree with your observations. Best regards to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 24, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangadaji for your nice comments. Happy that you liked it. Sincerely appreciate.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 24, 2021:

Thanks, Misbah for your visit and your lovely comments. Sincerely appreciate. I read your poem on this word prompt and commented. Best wishes.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2021:

Your poetry is a beautiful response to Brenda's challenge and also conveys an important message. We may plan for our tomorrows, but we cannot be certain of anything beyond each moment we live today.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 24, 2021:

Insightful poems, with deep thoughts. Nice response to the word prompts challenge.

You have conveyed the fleeing characteristics of Time, effectively. The reference to Sant Kabir’s Doha is so appropriate.

Well done, Vanita. Thank you for sharing.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 24, 2021:

Nice poetry Vanita, I enjoyed it

You have described the value of time well, for they say tomorrow never comes, so do it today, don’t leave today’s work on tomorrow

Well Shared!!

I have also posted mine today, you are welcome to join me

Thanks and Blessings

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