Around the world

“Have you seen a droplet on a Lotus leaf?”
“Yes –very calm and still, why?”
“Your mind, like that droplet stays put for now, but can flee any moment. Hold on to that rein; don’t let it leave you behind. Make and fly paper gliders from your window all you like, but don’t fly along – beyond the boundary wall.”
“Really, it can?”
“Oh! Most certainly, make friends with the old tree, if you want.”

So like that it passed – childhood and shelved dreams – the unfinished run behind that ice-cream car, steam engine whistle, passed but didn’t fade. Beyond that boundary wall came deserts, plateaus, rocks, mountains, mangrove forests.

“Once you have reached the edge – you will find that you merely overstepped into a bigger boundary – there is no end to it. Ask yourself, if you really want to go beyond?”
“It’s not the end that I seek – lock me up all you want, force my eyes shut if you please – but that paper glider I made, has really taken off and there is no stopping it.”

Those became tantrums. I am yet to break free, but so are many. I am not alone who wants to be a rolling stone.


Join me on my prompt on Dversepoets Poetics tonight.


25 thoughts on “Around the world

  1. really intriguing presentation in this abhra…the conversation…rather zen like at times….the boundaries…leading to other boundaries…i always want to travel…i have been in the house i am in now for the longest since my childhood at eight years…and i have the itch…ha…maybe make me a paper glider….smiles.

  2. i love traveling – and i’ve yet to see so many places… maybe one day… maybe i should think about building a paper glider you know…smiles – flying beyond the boundaries is a good thing – traveling certainly changes our way to look at things – opens up our mind in a way few things can

  3. I like this a lot.. the form, the relentless searching, curiosity.. the paper glider is such a strong metaphor for that wish.. and the tension for the rooted people many of us grew up with… I look forward to poetics tonight.. wonderful prompt

  4. I like the sense of adventure you have expressed, Abhra. Sometimes those childhood shelved dreams are realized sometime or another in adulthood. Everything in its proper time.

  5. I love the symbol of the paper glider, capable of short flights, but not sustained ones; the impermanence, the unknown, the instability; & I really dig your audacious form, leaping thrice, fleshing itself out before it arrives full circle; a wonderful piece, sir.

  6. Oh, as soon as we successfully cross the borders that bind us, there is some regret for the loss. But not as much as if we didn’t go at all. Holding on to that shelved childhood, having it hold on to you? That would be stopping time, kind of like pinning a Butterfly in a box to save it.

  7. This is… unexpected, Abhra. It’s a while since I posted in dVerse, things are a tad unsettled for me just now, so I thank you for a fab prompt that made me want to write something brand new.
    I love the line ‘Your mind, like that droplet stays put for now, but can flee any moment.’ Cool 🙂

  8. Yearnings of wanting to be out there can never be stifled. Cross the boundary in whatever ways physical or imaginative it will be heavenly. Great write Abhra!

    Hank

  9. I love that sense of curiosity and yearning, which has made us humans what we are (for good and bad). The need to go beyond the known, beyond the boundaries, and how it cannot be stopped – this feels like a Zen koan or prose poem.

  10. “It’s not the end that I seek – lock me up all you want, force my eyes shut if you please – but that paper glider I made, has really taken off and there is no stopping it.”

    Thats very impressing………….

  11. “…make friends with the old tree, if you want.”

    So like that it passed – childhood and shelved dreams

    What a wonderful job of showing how the best intentions of others can lead to frustration. You have me yearning to fly out with the paper glider…

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