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Sunday, January 31, 2016

I Am A River

Sometimes I flow smoothly
Tranquil, Gentle and kind
Spreading happiness around me
Leaving smiling faces behind

I flow with grace and charm
Making barren lands fertile
The children play by my banks
The tired sit and rest awhile

The poets gaze at my beauty
And write songs praising me
The lovers talk of my passion
To meet the vast blue sea

And yet at times I am restless
I flow in great fury and rage
Crushing all that comes in my path
Refusing to be stopped or caged

I pound at all that comes my way
I smash huge stones and rocks
In anger I flood cities and homes
I break down all that blocks

I create to destroy and destroy to create
For that is the role nature allotted me
I play out my role with all honesty
Until I reach the beloved sea

© Copyright Renu Vyas

Friday, January 29, 2016

Dream Weaving


Each night
The moon comes alive
Together he and I
Weave dreams
From the threads
Of my memories
And strands
Of my sleep

And each dawn
It fades and dies
Leaving behind
Tangled knots
Of incomplete dreams
That linger all day
 In my eyes

Until the next night
When we both start 
All over again
This never ending game
Of birth and death
And senseless
Dream weaving… 

© Copyright Renu Vyas

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Because I Am

I carved a niche for myself
And worked hard day and night
In the hope of being acknowledged
And to reach out to new heights

All I craved was appreciation
And a little bit of praise
But I forgot I lived in a man’s world
Where for me there was no space

I reached out to all around me
Seeking approval and some joy
But I was constantly overlooked
My hopes crushed and destroyed

The men would not applaud me
Nor would they ever recognize
“Her place is at home in the kitchen”
They wished I would realize

The women remained indifferent
And more misery to me they brought
“How dare she do what we could not?”
They fumed inside and thought

So I remained largely unnoticed
But I knew one day I would shine
My worth I will prove to one and all
And my identity I will define

© Copyright Renu Vyas