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Kshipra is a student pursuing masters from JNU, India. She loves reading and writing poetry and wants to publish her poems someday.

Akin to the saturations of the skies,

we are drowned in veneers

Stickened on our faces these sins,

dried up, gelling well with our skins.

These veneers are not flashy

Mystically they submerge

From top to the bottoms we are drenched

those veneers have a miraculous range.

And they keep seeping down and down

To the souls that abound,

resting at unfathomable depths

Those veneers hijack us through stealth.

So today when I found myself in the rain

and smiled at my wet mirror image

I saw a veneer cascading away

and a neat reflection, though for a moment,

Enslaved, encaged...

And the skies saturated with rain droplets

To my veneers are perhaps not that akin

While one bestows life and joys,

Others only live the lives they don't really mean!


Garav sethi on October 08, 2018:

Amazing beautiful work !

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 05, 2018:

Hi, Shipra,

Beautiful work. I liked the way used the metaphor of veneers in your poem.

Indeed, cultural and societal factors cause us to hide behind something, shrouding our true selves. sometimes, it's religion or wealth. But these veneers we wear, while helping us blend in, also keeps us from really finding who we are.

These are potent lines:

"While one bestows life and joys,

Others only live the lives they don't really mean!"

We as a species are the only creatures on this planet who search for "meaning." In other words, your poem encourages us to rise above what animal driven instincts and environment has given us as homo sapiens and reach our spiritual destinies.


Much respect and admiration,



Kshipra Pal (author) on October 05, 2018:

Lora ... I second everything that you wrote. Thank you for reading my poem and giving your very well articulated and insightful views on it. Indeed if we stop pleasing others and be true to ourselves, we will make up a beautiful world.

Lora Hollings on October 04, 2018:

I think we all hide behind veneers at one time or another or for some, maybe all their lives. Their authentic selves hidden from others because they are either afraid to live in accordance with their underlying beliefs and values so they let themselves be manipulated by others or because they want to fit in with a group so much that they can't be true to themselves. Once, we decide that we have to be true to ourselves, then we can finally give up this notion of trying to please others and actually live a life that is much more satisfying! I really liked your metaphor that you used in this poem, Kshipra, of the rain and comparing it to veneers and while it leads to helping life prosper and be diverse, the veneers that people create limit life and in the end can even destroy one's unique identity. Lovely and richly complex poem! Thank you for writing it. We all need to think about living a more truthful life.

Kshipra Pal (author) on October 04, 2018:

Thankyou Rinita !

Kshipra Pal (author) on October 03, 2018:

Thank you John!

Rinita Sen on October 03, 2018:

Very thoughtful poem, especially loved how the veneer was cast away towards the end. Keep more coming.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 02, 2018:

Yes most of us have veneers that we hide behind whether intentionally or not. Good poem, Kshipra.