The Cage…….

The bird sits alone in this beautiful cage,

made of gold and silver and adorned,

with the most precious of all gems…

 

Delicacies are fed and music  played,

loving words are whispered in its ears,

many come to see and admire her beauty….

 

Lost in all the pomp and glory ,

the bird begins to enjoy the comfort and attention,

hours go by into days and days into years….

 

Somewhere deep within a longing begins,

a gentle longing of wanting to stretch,

a longing to fly and feel the wind  ….

 

Gently she tries to stretch her wings.

and remembers her freedom days,

flying alone with no care in the world…

 

The longing gets intense and stronger,

and the ache gets more painful,

but a thought comes overpowering….

 

She is but  just a  little bird,

housed in this beautiful cage,

and all she could do is to go on wishing ……

 

One day the door is left opened,

and excitedly she comes out quickly,

stretches her  wings to fly…..

 

she tried to flap her wings,

and takes a few steps,

but feels  herself fall back…..

 

her wings have been clipped !

 

walks  back into the cage

with a heavy heart,

and looks beyond at the sky,

 

a drop of tear falls from her eyes….

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All Alone

It is Christmas day…..

I feel all alone. Though I am surrounded by so many who love me and claim to love me, deep down there is a vacuum. Somehow their words sound hollow. They do not seem to touch my innermost core.

Looking around, I find everyone,  quite lost in their own little worlds. Each person is a selfish creature including me! I find the whole human kind akin to animals. We either hunt or are being hunted! Yes, absolutely true.

It may sound shocking but  human nature is so very close to  animals that we see. I always avoid watching animal planet or the discovery channel, when they have these documentaries about animals. They always put a fear in me, watching the stronger animals going after the weaker ones.

But sadly, we too are the same. When we find someone who is weaker or think that they are lesser than us, we have the tendency to bully and intimidate them. It happens from the top to the bottom. It happens in all ages, with all age groups.

Suddenly, I realize that I have only myself.  I have to become clear that I came alone and when I leave, I will leave alone too…… Though I may imagine and hallucinate that there are millions around me,  I exist alone.

It can be scary, but it looks like it is a process of acceptance.  A process of coming to terms with this reality. The words of my teacher soothes me…..

“No matter how confused you may feel
clarity is always
within you”

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Prem Rawat