All Shades of Wonder


Weary of my colour?
Don’t be, God chose it for me
I do love His gift, magnificent
A touch of paint divine

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Sublime brush is splashing
Perfect is the Maker
All shades of tender beauty
Glorious the design

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Look into my eyes
Come and hold my heart
Feel my compassion
Fear me not, truly I am benign

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A heavenly kiss awakens
Lonely jittery souls
A breath of love embracing
O feel it, brother of mine

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Human Hands


Human hands, made for giving

A pounding heart ever forgiving

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“An outwards sign of inwards grace”

To give lone souls a loving embrace

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Caring hands never cause harm

For sore open wounds, balsam and balm

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Helping hands give and share

Tender, compassionate above being fair

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Healing hands caress your pain

The kiss of life to the dying, the slain

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Humble hands raised up to pray

Dancing rainbows rejoice in play

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Knock knock


My beloved brothers and sisters in humanity

With a bunch of scented roses

and a meadow of wild flowers,

I wish to wipe your tears away

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Kneeling down with utmost love

Embrace your pain and weary hearts

Caress your wondrous beautiful souls

 

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With a grateful smile

I knock at your door

Wishing and praying you accept my call

 

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May


May…

In your garden
May your good deeds
Flower before your eyes
Bright and colourful

Around your shoulders
May your kind actions
Swathe you with love
Warm and serene

Beneath your feet
May your nice words
Blossom poppies and lilies
Startling and sublime

Eternally
May your tender heart
Be filled with joy so sweet

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People with Green Hearts


Arabic poem,

Author شهرزاد الخليج

Translated and illustrated by Nahida Exiled Palestinian

 

People with green hearts

The colour of trees is the colour of their hearts 
Their dreams… water pure
 Their imagination… sky wide
 They are capable of infinite forgiveness 
Have the ability to bathe in optimism
 And to wash themselves in dreams to the very last drop

 People with green hearts
 Don’t ever expect to be stabbed from the back 
By a hand that once shook theirs
 Their days and seasons are works of art painted with hope
 They don’t learn easily from their mistakes
 Instead, they keep repeating them like a child’s bad habits

 They offer hearts around them infinite trust 
They’re incapable of seeing the colour black in existence

 People with green hearts 
Come intimately near to those who pass them by in life, 
So much so that they are glued to them 
They cling to the minute details 
Ever trusting of those around
 Creative in finding excuses to the faults of others 

 People with green hearts 
Cling onto beginnings like mad 
Reject endings fiercely 
They can’t comprehend separation

They trick reality with a dream 
The dream with an illusion 
On the map of hope, they occupy vast areas

People with green hearts
 Don’t recognise mistrust or deception 
Nor do they cause others to taste portrayal 

They start with purity
 And end up with faithfulness
 Longing steals much of their time
 They keep loyal to their tales until death 
Yesterday has immense reverence in their lives

 People with green hearts
 Play the role of peace doves
 Spreading love on earth 
Help in building abodes of joy 

They hasten to mend the broken hearts
 And talk with the voice of affection
About love and dreams

They make you feel that it’s them 
Who invented the colour “white” in this universe

 People with green hearts 
Hold fast to childhood, despite the passing of years 
Their hearts forever young 
Their souls never grow old, nor become polluted 

Their faces reflects babyhood innocence 

Their eyes mirror truthfully their essence
They’re not good at hiding, or deceiving 
And fail miserably in wearing masks

 People with green hearts
 Never fail you when you need them
 They are the first to cover your needs

 When feeling overwhelmed;
They are the first thing that you lay your eyes upon 
The first who come to your rescue when drowned in sorrow 

When you are suffocated they’d give you their breath 
They’d make their lives a life ring thrown to you

 People with green hearts
 When they love, they love passionately 

When they are faithful, they are faithful passionately
 When they get a shock, the get a shock passionately

 And when they are broken, they are broken passionately
 When they give, they give passionately 
And when they cry, they cry passionately
 If you find yourself embraced
 By one of those with green hearts 
Cling onto them… passionately

 As they are a rare treasure
 In times of colour-shifting hearts
 

World, I Love You


 
We could learn so much from children, their love, their curiosity, their bewilderment, their optimism, their joy for the smallest things, their innate kindness, their natural ability to forgive and move on, and their resilience and miraculous way they bounce back after a fall, a fight or a cry
 
In times of great upheaval and when darkness prevails, it is the remembrance of what is important that will keep us going.
 
Hope thrives by sustaining and fostering our humanity, amidst the gloomy hours of turbulence and anguish.
 
 
The other day
 
I looked into your eyes
 
 

I saw Heaven
 
My heart giggled
 
Fluttered its wings
 
and flew away

Looking above, I saw my heart growing
 

 

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Growing . . .  growing
 
Filling up . . . Overflowing
 
Pouring out love
 
Embracing All

 

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Engulfed in euphoria
Trees swayed in jubilation
Mountains imbibed within
Meadows twirled in elation
Sand trembled of devotion
Beautiful grins bounced around
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Dolphins raced butterflies
Creeks jumped into River and rivers dived into the Ocean
Earth splashed its feet in cosmic dust
Supernovas danced while nesting within
Galaxies chased baby stars to heaven
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In one eternal moment of singularity
Time and space ran away
Steadfast, my heart remained
Filled with awe my heart contained
All … there … is
Besotted, swept off my feet
I hooped and looped I swirled with joy
In disbelief, I looked down
Is that me?
Shrinking?
.

 

Petals scattered
A speck of dust . . . faded away
I am gone

 

What Really Matters!


When all gets dark

And life loses its colours
When evil tightens the grip

And the wicked leads the way

When fall falls before its time

and frost grows around
When your heart is torn and worn,

and you feel like throwing it away

Don’t give up, just wait a little while,
Turn your back
Close your eyes and
Remember what you have forgotten
Try to find if you’ve lost, 
Apologize if you’ve hurt,
Forgive if you have been hurt,
Caress if you’ve been deprived,
Pursue, if you have dream
Share if you’ve been bereft,
Giggle if you’ve been aggrieved,
Embrace if you’ve been shun,
Give if you’ve been denied,
Excel if you’ve been scorned,
Feed if you’ve tasted hunger
Rejoice if you’ve felt somber
Accompany those who know


Hold on tight to those you love,

Cherish those who care for you,

Because life is too short
and it is full of wonder

 

Vinoth Ramachandra

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