Tercets

Summing up my thoughts, feelings and behaviors in the form of tercets-three line poems. Given my minimalist nature, I’ve restricted myself to a 5-7-5 word limit.

— Thoughts Can Kill — 23.2.18

If there’s just one thing
That can suck out positivity and kill
It’s nothing else but thoughts


— Empathy Doesn’t Mean Being Doormat — 22.2.18

Empathy doesn’t mean being doormat
Sometimes the best you can do is
Understand why they are mad


— Come Back Home — 21.2.18

I wait patiently on days
Like today when you are coming home
Days without you are empty


— When My Heart Gives Up — 20.2.18

No looking back when done
That’s the way I have always been
Either all in or nothing


— Making Space for Sweetness That Really Matters — 19.2.18

Drank tea without regular sugar
Making space for sweetness that really matters
Existential pillars pave the way


— The Nepali Wedding — 18.2.18

Aunties relentless in making sure
People come to see their perfect lives
Cost of jewelries one measure


— Yours to Feel — 17.2.18

Certain emotions are only yours
For you to feel immensely and detach
I can only wish well


— About to Fly — 16.2.18

About to fly into uncertainty
I can only hope things work out
And all sacrifices make sense


— A Mother’s Heart — 15.2.18

You are about to leave
Her heart cries inside but doesn’t show
Your dreams are her dreams


— Secluded Festivities — 14.2.18

I’m not much into religion
Remaining secluded in the glamour of festivities
Judge me by my values


— Life is Now — 13.2.18

Recreating old memories once again
Oh how quickly time seems to fly
Constant reminder: life is now!


— Better Than Yesterday — 12.2.18

Today I am back to
Where I have always loved being around
Enjoying while growing and contributing 


— One of Those Existential Days — 11.2.18

One of those existential days
When I just can’t see the point
Of anything and of everything


— A Friend to Myself — 10.2.18

If I can just be
A loving and compassionate friend to myself
Growth and contribution will follow


— My Existential Cure — 9.2.18

Taking time out to introspect
About what has been and what might
You cure my existential emptiness


— What Next? — 8.2.18

Sure that I have to leave
But go out or start all over?
What is smart, useful, happy?


— Until Next Time — 7.2.18

Can I throwback to when
Everything else froze as time stood still
Before waving our final adieu


— I Shiver — 6.2.18

I shiver on both fronts
When it comes to days like tonight
Body and heart both ache


— I’ll Sit On The Fence — 5.2.18

I’ll sit on the fence
Than pass judgment about people, places, things
I realistically know nothing of


— Career for the Frugal — 4.2.18

Career choice for the frugal
Tricky: for voluntary poverty isn’t so implausible 
How does one choose then?


— Don’t Forget the Price — 3.2.18

Conversing with old friends realizing
How easy it actually is to underestimate
The price of their journey


— Happy to Give In — 2.2.18

You truly love a woman
When you are happy to give in
To otherwise seemingly superfluous headaches


— Educators and Their Philosophies — 1.2.18

I look around and see
Each educator wanting to shape their students
To their idea of beautiful


— Meetings and Expectations — 31.1.18

Presenting my ideals and aspirations
Wondering if they realize I mean it
When I say I care


— People Will Open Up — 30.1.18

People as I have known
Will open up with all they have
If they sense authenticity in you


— Days Like Today — 29.1.18

Nothing more than a teaser
About what life will be like when
You call it a day


— When You Doubt Your Mission — 28.1.18

Whenever you doubt your mission
Take a day off and plunge into
Depths of your wandering mind


— Ambition — 27.1.18

Have I stopped being ambitious
Or is my idea of ambition different?
From what mainstream culture dictates


— All Of A Sudden — 26.1.18

How are we so sure
Of our plans for tomorrow when today
Is all we really have


— Friendship Goals — 25.1.18

Cherished moments with loved ones
Doesn’t require much but we be true
To who we both are


— A Story To Yell — 24.1.18

Inside me was a story
I needed to yell, not for me
But the real unsung hero


— I Need To Listen Better — 23.1.18

As always, you knew well
What was best for me, what wasn’t
I need to listen better


— When It Comes to My Father — 22.1.18

I’m agnostic about most things
But when it comes to my father 
I’ll give all I have


— What Are We After? — 21.1.18

The long queue and rush
People chasing wealth frantically makes me question
If voluntary poverty is better


— What’s The Point of Long Years? — 20.1.18

What’s the point of length
If living long makes life difficult for
Myself and people around me


— Acceptance– 19.1.18

Acceptance as I have learnt
Is for the wise not the weak
Time proved I was wrong


— Choose Your Lightness– 18.1.18

Choose what makes you light
In this daily grind we call life
To each one their own


— Is My Story Significant? — 17.1.18

Zoom out of everyday lenses
And see what you’ve made out of
Seemingly dire strait life situations


— You Are Born Again — 16.1.18

Understandable why they surprised you
With celebrations larger than life, for you’re
Born again with renewed optimism


— Oh Grandmother, I Forgive You — 15.1.18

Oh grandmother, I forgive you
For the pain my mother has endured
Pity how elusive wisdom was


— Not Your Day — 14.1.18

Dont ruin what’s not yours
The day is theirs why inflict pain
Let go, but with grace


Half Way Through — 13.1.18

Half way through my life
Sausade and gratitude mesh to give rise
To self-awareness and compassion


— Reason for Your Toil — 12.1.18

I understand why you toil
Family counts on you to provide them
Win but nurture your soul


— So Much To Say-So Much To Feel — 11.1.18

There’s so much to say
I could stay with you all night
Won’t be enough I know


— We Are Stories We Tell — 10.1.18

So then, in the end
We are nothing but stories we tell
Some change chapters some stay


— Who Is Wealthy? — 9.1.18

“Who is wealthy?” I ask
One who has riches or soon will?
Neither: one who renounces it


— Knowledge or Wisdom? — 8.1.18

I see her regurgitate thoroughly
Text book on philosophy but I wonder
If she’s ever tried introspecting


— What is Success? — 7.1.18

“What is success?” you ask
To become wise and kind to all
Understanding the fragile human condition


— A Good Saturday — 6.1.18

What makes a good Saturday?
Only good people, conversations, and simple pleasures
The lean life I say!


— A Firm No — 5.1.18

Laughed at because she rejected
An offer high on money and status
“Slaves of materialism” she bemoans


— Make You Smile Again — 4.1.18

Thursday might have been existential
But long walk and night drive tonight
Hopefully made you smile again


— Hopes Dashed — 3.1.18

Anticipation I’ve learnt often quells
The happiness you would like to embrace
From people and of things


— I Run to You — 2.1.18

Cold winter evenings like today
Toy with me to bring existential dread
I run-run to you


— Give Myself to You — 1.1.18

I give myself to you
To guide me through all of life
Highs lows sunshine and blows


— Bitterness of Life — 31.12.17

The bitterness in my father
From the weariness of a failed day
How pitiful the human condition!


— The Power of a Hug — 30.12.17

The power of a hug
Dissolves all tensions that arise from formalities
Spread love not forceful respect


— Just a Coping Mechanism — 29.12.17

My mother does her prayers
I wait patiently for my football games
Everyone has their coping mechanisms


— Wear and Tear — 28.12.17

Wear and tear is pervasive
In material stuff, but also your body
Like replacement, enrich your soul


— Love Keeps Us Going — 27.12.17

Why endure all this pain?
To love and be loved, my boy
Love will keep us going


— Unchanged Stance — 26.12.17

My verdict remains the same
I don’t wish to rear a child
Inflicting upon her existential misery


— Reasons to Stay Alive — 25.12.17

I’m finding reasons to live
People to love and who love you
Joy is in simple pleasures


— Gout Episodes — 24.12.17

Another day my health worsens
Thinking how I’d feel much better when
You’re back-back for good


— The Fragile Body — 23.12.17

I don’t seek to control
My fragile body that’s aging each day
I control only my mind


— How to Sell — 22.12.17

But how do you sell?
Make sure that you’d buy it first
If the roles were reversed


— As You Leave — 21.12.17

Departure isn’t necessarily permanent, for
You are central to my contemplative evenings
And for each redemptive morning


— Time to Reflect — 20.12.17

2017 comes to a close
Time to evaluate how I’ve fared in
Relationships Health Passions Growth Contribution


— Existential Tuesday — 19.12.17

Another year is nearly over
Grinding each day but what’s the worth?
I’ve lived half my life


— Just Say No — 18.12.17

Don’t worry about saying no
Worry about saying yes without meaning it
How long before they know?


— Questions Questions Questions — 17.12.17

You go back with questions
That too not for the first time 
Life is about better questions


— Why Fulfilling Work? — 16.12.17

Why fulfilling work you ask
Look no further than the traffic personnel
Who chose indifference over impact


–Go For It — 15.12.17

Keeping your humility in tact
Go all out and express my boy
It is strength not weakness


— Never Say Never — 14.12.17

Been so easy all this
Never did I think would be possible
They say: never say never


–Should I Compromise On My Values?– 13.12.17

Why compromise on my values
When those very fundamentals brought us together
I say nothing else matters


— The Lightness of The Now– 12.12.17

Carrying no baggages with me
Letting go of both past and future
The lightness of the now 


–Keep Grinding– 11.12.17

Grinding each day every day
You get closer to the mountain top
It’s about being not having


— Choices — 10.12.17

Somedays you question your choices
Despondent from the inevitable dualities of life
Grateful she’s by my side


— On No Action — 9.12.17

I chose not to see
Or was it to not be seen?
Politeness over honesty: describes me


–The Silent Self– 8.12.17

No matter where we are
The silence within me tells who I’m
Grateful you choose to understand


–On Anticipating Positive Change– 7.12.17

I exercised my voting right
With the realization that change begins essentially
With alterations within me first


–On The Lack of Immunity– 6.12.17

I’m not immune to indignation
Despite acknowledging I’ve come a long way
Self-improvement is here to stay


–On Feeling Insignificant at Work– 5.12.17

Self-reminder: Try caring not curing
People who may look up to you
Stoics look within, not outside


–On The Value of Colleagues– 4.12.17

Working not just for materialism
Colleagues matter more than you’ll ever know
Before money, status, impact, creativity.


–On Minimalism– 3.12.17

Minimalism does not mean deprivation
It simply means becoming deliberate in life
About what matters, what doesn’t


 

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