The Dilemma

New seeds of emotions
are sprouting within me every day with diverse hues and shades…

New leaves are rustling in the breeze
on my tender stem
giving a feeling of wings to fly
but with a burden
to grow further in life
with new books and chapters…

Big trees are looking at me
from the above
that I may not go astray,
learning tips of soft skills
from their rich experiences
of standing tall
both under the sun and rains…

My buddy plants are inviting
surreptitiously the tender spirit
of my blossoming flowers…

Chirping of birds in the day
and that of crickets in the night
with croaking of frogs
keep raising my level of adrenalin…

I can’t fathom so many things
happening simultaneously
to and around me…

My buddies are also sailing
in the same boat with directions
dithering every now and then…

But with a silent resolve,
I’m moving ahead
with my buddies and elders
charting a course for me
while enjoying the melody
from across the garden…

P.S. This is my story in my teens
with empathy and sympathy
for my fellow teens…

–Kaushal Kishore

35 Comments

  1. The opening illustration, Kaushal, to your post, reminds me of the saying, “May we rest as comfortably as the lotus does in muddy waters,
    This extraordinary poem should resonate with all teenagers as it describes so well our struggles when young, but also because your name “Kishore” means just that in Hindu.
    Looking at your photo as a youngster, Kaushal, I have to change my usual cry, “you should be running the country,” for, “why are you not a Bollywood star?”

    Joanna

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    1. I also think so many things. I wanted to be this and that. In one of my posts, I had written as to how I had to shift my goalposts repeatedly. But finally God decided to rest me comfortably where I had landed. Thank you, Joanna for this beautiful saying and also for your sincere good wishes for me. Deeply appreciated. As regards Kishore, I remember I used to write poems in school magazines with caption “To Teens”. Thank you for making me recall it.

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    1. This coming from you, Shobana, makes my heart happy. I appreciate you taking time to be here. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  2. Love this:

    But with a silent resolve,
    I’m moving ahead
    with my buddies and elders
    charting a course for me
    while enjoying the melody
    from across the garden…

    Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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