Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blessing Or A Curse?

The sound of the flute, soothes my soul
A heartache acute, a longing uncontrolled

My body is aching, my mind is numb
My eyes are failing, I can eat only crumbs

But once I was young, my mind sharp as a tack
And life was a song, and there was no lack

I thought back to those moments, when I played with my mates
Jumping in puddles, no cares no complaints

Is life a blessing, or is it a curse?
What was its purpose, did I deftly traverse?

What were its components, pleasing or grim?
Did the Gods chant a lament or a blessed  hymn?

My mind is uneasy, my body is fading
I'm old and so weary, I'm slowly decaying

I long for some comfort, my heart is in pain
Then the sound of the flute, begins again.

~x~


The sound of the flute is so soothing and so comforting.
And those that hear Lord Krishna's flute are truly blessed.


Written for:
Poetry Jam - Age, Aged, Aging
Real Toads - Curse
Linking to:
DVerse Open Link Night
Poetry Pantry #204




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70 comments:

  1. it is good to find those comforts where we can...i think aging provides us somethings we are too busy to appreciate in our youth....but it also takes away things we once relied on...and we have to learn how to live again in new ways.

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    1. still waiting to see if you reply from PJ
      i guess you may pick up a few more readers dropping a link at dverse
      hope you take the time to read others there.
      since you did not at Poetry Jam.

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    2. Hey Brian, I will eventually get around to reading and usually visit the blogs that post comments on mine first. But I haven't done the rounds yet. Thanks for the reminder.

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    3. Thanks Brian for your thoughts on my poem. Yes both youth and old age have blessings and curses and hopefully we see the blessings in both.

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  2. The idea that there's a plan or a purpose that could be missed stands out to me...I've thought about that before...when decisions and choices must be made...one could unendingly weigh on just what's at stake...well done.

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    1. Thanks Hannah, The choices and decisions we make definitely determine how we walk that path. I too often wonder if there was some purpose or plan that was missed in a choice I made.

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  3. Ah! such a lovely poem, soothing to heart and soul.

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  4. I can hear the melody emanating from the flute , Suzy. lovely poem.

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  5. Beautiful words Suzy. A play of contradictions ...the aches and the soothes blend in so well here.

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    1. Thanks Vinodini. Glad you liked it.

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  6. I think the flute always exists. Sometimes we have to listen for it closer than at other times. But it is always there...if we take heed.

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    1. That is so true Mary - that it always exists and we need to pay attention to hear it.

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  7. I like the questions you ask yourself as time passes. I agree that we do hope we delftly traverse this life.

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    1. Thanks Gabriella. I often wonder if I'm journeying deftly.

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  8. Music and hope are perfect partners and the way you make this poem sing is lovely

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    1. Thanks Alan. Glad you liked it.

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  9. I love the comfort and the uplifting feeling of hope, in the closing lines when the flute is heard.

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    1. Thanks Sherry. The flute is so comforting.

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  10. What a lovely curse poem. I do hope that life really is a blessing (at least I think it is).

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    1. Thanks Razzamadazzle. All in all life is definitely a blessing!

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  11. reflective and in the end, uplifting... ~

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    1. Thanks Grapeling. Wanted to end on a positive note.

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  12. The song of the flute...soothing and uplifting.
    Well done.
    K

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    1. Thanks Kay. The sound of the flute is mesmerises me. I'm sure there's more to it than we know.

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  13. I like your use of the flute in this. To me flute music can be both soothing and sad (and a lot more now that I think of it). I hope to come out thinking my life was a blessing at least for myself!

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    1. Thanks Peggy. I also think that when all things balance out, my life is a blessing. I love the flute - something mesmerising about it.

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  14. I like this as a metaphor: "I can eat only crumbs"

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    1. Thanks Anne. I watched how my dad who enjoyed his food and had hearty meals, eventually ate so much less than he used to before. Those words came from that memory.

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  15. Wow Suzy, you invoke much philosophy in your lines! Well done and thanks for participating in the out of standard!!!

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    1. Thanks Isadora, glad to participate and glad you liked my lines.

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  16. Deep questions... as I age I realize more about the disconnect between body and mind (or spirit) so I love the tension you've forged through aches of the body and flute soothing music of the spirit.

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    1. Thanks Georgeplaceblog. Glad you got the essence of my poem.

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  17. Life can be so painful...is painful. I have wondered at times if I missed my path. Beautiful piece

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    1. Thanks Susie. I think at some point we all ponder that question. But my belief is that we never truly miss our path as the sound of the flute brings us back onto it.

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  18. I can identify with this poem on several levels. It is exquisite!

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Glad it spoke to you.

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  19. Beautiful poem with so much depth. My husband plays the flute too, so this resonates with me on more than one level :)

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    1. Thanks Shailaja. Oh wow how cool that your hubby plays the flute. Such a beautiful musical instrument.

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  20. Beautiful poem suzy :) Feels soothing :)

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    1. Thanks Shalini. Glad you liked it.

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  22. Lovely, Suzy. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. Oh! Suzy! Tis so beautiful and innocent of a life that went by...We are all travelers in this world where we seek inner happiness.

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    1. Thanks Vishal. And when life gets too hard, then Lord Krishna's flute comforts us.

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  24. Lovely. Loved the way you rhymed it.

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  25. questions ..we all ask and try to seek answers..very nice Suzy

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    1. Thanks Arathi and welcome to my blog.

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  26. Youth and age both have blessings and curses all of their own.Great questions to ponder in this poem.

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    1. Thanks CC. Well said that both youth and age have blessings and curses and what prevails is what we focus on.

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  27. Aging can bring such uncertainty and sadness. Enjoyed how you ended on an upbeat note! I used to play flute, so I agree it's wonderful :-)

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    1. Thanks Sara, oh how wonderful that you play the flute.

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  28. Your flute imagery makes this so unique. A lovely response to the prompt!

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    1. Thanks Mary. Eventually our connection with spirit is our salvation.

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    2. I love it too Rosemary. It's melody is mesmerising.

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  29. Well from the perspective of a quietly declared existentialist . . . The reason for life is to live and if you live life with passion accepting all that comes your way, that passion will define your purpose, not a purpose assigned to you but one that you have chosen for yourself. To me the flute represents God's support as it whispers to your soul.

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    1. Thanks Stormcat. That's exactly how I view the flute and it is comforting.

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  30. I was saddened by the response to aging in this piece. I know many feel this way.

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    1. Oh I didn't mean to make anyone sad Kim. I hoped that the sound of the flute that comforts gives it a lift.

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  31. Beautifully composed,Suzy! Flute reminds me of Hari Prasad Chaurasia..The flute is the symbol of spiritual call, the call of divine love of Krishna. ... .It is so satisfying when one is able to hit the right notes instantly!! l loved this!

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    1. Thanks Panchali. I love the flute. It's melody is so soothing and mesmerising. When we hear Kanha's bansuri, we are truly blessed.

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  32. A deep reflection on an ever-topical question that so many thinkers throughout the ages have tried to answer...

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    1. So true and there are of course no confirmed answers! Thanks for dropping by Nicholas.

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