Have You Lived My Life?

Have you had sorrow

strike across your face,

Leaving an indelible mark

a burden so difficult to brace;

Have you breathed in the same air

the same cubic-centimeter

that I inhale,

The poison of self-pity

the toxin of self-doubt

that turn me pale;

Have you stepped into

the darkest room in your heart,

Where reside death and despair

anger and anguish

where hope and happiness

their ways part;

Have you ever been

trapped inside your mind,

With a maze of paths forgotten

and no road ahead to find;

Have you stared blankly

into a faraway horizon,

And been held back

by gripping fear

shackled by a sense

of self-derision;

Have you peered into

the eyes of grief,

Where deep longing rides

on the shoulder of loss

and tears bring no reprieve;

Have you walked on

the same piece of land,

Stumbling on desire, falling into

an abyss of hopelessness

with not even Almighty

to lend a hand;

Have you been in a crowd

and felt lonely and desolate,

With abjection, aimlessness

indifference and ennui

sealing your pitiable fate;

Have you wished to let go

but been forced to trudge on,

With days filled with emptiness

leading a life

wretched and forlorn.

L. Aruna Dhir
L. Aruna Dhirhttp://www.larunadhir.blogspot.com
L. Aruna Dhir is a recognized and national-poll winning Corporate Communications Specialist and Writer. Currently, she is a Feature Writer for ehotelier.com and Columnist with Hospitality.Net – the world’s two highest-ranked Hospitality publications. Aruna is also an avid blogger and a published poet; with two anthologies to her credit. Her writings appear in several national and international publications. A seasoned hotelier, with over 20 years of experience with some of India and Asia's top hotel brands, Aruna’s industry writings are syndicated to the finest global hospitality bodies and used as references in case studies and hotel schools. As an industry expert, Aruna has launched brands, developed training modules, created standardization dockets on business communication and written manuals. Aruna has been engaged in freelance work for Doordarshan – the Indian National Television, All India Radio, and Times FM. Aruna also serves on the Board of Association of Emerging Leaders Dialogues (AELD), a front-running Commonwealth Body that works towards developing leaders and influencers of tomorrow, with Princess Anne as its international President. An All- India level topper in her Public Relations course, Aruna has represented India to a select group of opinion-makers in the United States, as a Cultural Ambassador under the aegis of Rotary International. She has also participated in the IXth Commonwealth Study Conference held in Australia and chaired by Princess Anne. L. Aruna Dhir is the first-ever Creative Writer for the Indian greeting cards giant – ARCHIES Greetings and Gifts Ltd. She is the only person in India to have contributed original verses and have her byline on the cards. In her official and personal capacity L. Aruna Dhir has and continues to work on several social awareness projects – People for Animals, Earthquake Relief, National Blind Association, PETA, WSPA, Change.org, Friendicoes to name a few. www.luckyaruna.blogspot.com
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Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent

Very good, Aruna.

Larry Tyler

Strong Ink with a bit of darkness mixed in. Each day we should rise and rejoice in the new day the walk toward the light with a joyful song in our hearts. That we we leave the darkness behind.

Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent

Then one morning we wake to realize that we are another year older and we wonder where that year went. How much of that year did we wallow in those dark places and why did we waste all that time. Did we spend that year being happy, making others happy, and did we appreciate all the blessing that we enjoyed in that year? Perhaps as we celebrate our birthday, we contemplate how we can spend the next year and find a purpose that leads us to those happy fields of life.

Laura Staley

This poem captures the darkness so eloquently, Aruna. Yes, I have been there in much of what you’ve described. I’m also incredibly grateful to have experienced even in my darkest days many tiny, beautiful moments of lightness, of laughter. The yin flowed with the yang in my experience. Thank you for sharing this poem with us.

Darlene Corbett

Hauntingly Beautiful!💖

Anonymous
Anonymous

I have walked through all the tunnels, valleys, roads that you mention and I find that life is beautiful if one takes the time to let God enter into the soul and refresh you.,

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