This way and that way

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Copyright – Stephen Baum

There came a phase when everything was black. The tunnel seemed endless and charcoal dark.

Deep was the fall and air so still.

No words, no ideas not even a single thought came to my rescue. Ravenous clouds of fear had encircled me.

HOPE! A ray of light…something, somewhere…should be…. I fell with nothing to grasp.

The end seemed final with a shimmer approaching, its warmth and tenderness embraced me as I neared. The light so kind and gentle was full of knowledge and wisdom.

Clouds of fear had evaporated. I took a fill of life’s nectar in it. Totally drenched, wearing variegated wings of creativity I flew past the light.

I rejoiced and sang like a drunken bee.


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Two Cranes for Eternity

We were sitting on a bench by the pond. There were water lilies – pink and white – that had lifted up from the water. The gentle breeze touched their soft petals and guided their sweet fragrance to us. There were some ducks by the pond. They were busy soaking themselves in water. Ripples were added to the water as they swam.

My hands fit perfectly in your hands. Its warmth gave life to my soul. My head found a nice resting place on your shoulder – strong, yet fragile. I wished for this day to continue forever like a circle…never ending and always going.

From somewhere two cranes flew and landed by the pond. They were lost or so it seemed. But they didn’t care as they were lost…lost in each other. And all they cared for – were each other.

The sun, glowed a mild orange glow and the birds were flying back home. We got up and just like the birds started walking towards our home…our hands still tied together.

Nothing could separate us; nothing would separate us. We were at the final steps of our lives. We had seen it all and there was nothing we feared…except, for the fear of losing our souls.

Walking, we were, when all of sudden a lamppost stood in front of us trying to block our paths…trying to separate us into two. I didn’t lose your gentle grasp. Walking past the lamppost, with a soft smile on my face I said, “I will never leave you.” “I know,” he said. I could see my smile reflecting in his eyes as they twinkled with love for me. Now we were lost like the two cranes for eternity. We were lost in each other’s eyes and just like the cranes… we had no concern for our surroundings. We were locked in time and space in each other’s eyes.

F FOR FEAR OR FREEDOM

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Fear of failure, will prevent you from victory

Fear of falling, will prevent you from flying.

Fear of distress, will prevent you from hoping.

Fear of speaking, will prevent you from being heard.

Fear of not making an impression, will prevent you from making a lasting impression.

Fear of learning, will prevent you from evolving.

Fear of planning, will prevent you from becoming a visionary.

Fear of listening, will prevent you from knowing the truthful facts.

Fear of losing, will prevent you from gaining.

Fear of risking, will prevent you from investing.

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Fear of creativity, will prevent you from innovation.

Fear of fearing, will prevent you from the freedom of thoughts, words and actions.

Fear of most of the things, will prevent you from living your life.

Fear of enjoying, will prevent you from living your life.

Scarecrow

Have you seen those, scarecrows in the fields? They guard the fields and scare the unwanted guests in the fields like crow, birds, rats etc. I wish I had a scarecrow to ward off my fears.

I don’t know if growing up has helped me improve controlling my fears or deepened those at roots.

As a child, I was always scared to bandage my wounds, so much so that I would act crazy to convince my mother to leave the wound uncovered. I still remember, I had hurt my knee badly while playing football and mother found it difficult to bandage my wound, as I would not let her do that. It turned out that the closer the bandage came the louder was my cry. The entire house was filled with my loud cries. Finally my aunt came; she held my arms as mother with a very gentle touch bandaged my wound. I think, I have overcome that fear now but there are still others to conquer. However, I find it strange that I’m not afraid of injections. I can stare at it while getting those.

candle-in-the-darkness

I always have torchlight or a cell nearby. I think you would have guessed by now why these two things are important to me. Well! Yes I’m very scared of darkness. I just feel like the darkness has eaten me up or I’m melted in it and at that moment my only saviour is any form of light. Even if it means light flickering from my cell I feel comforted.

lizard

You would find beauty in some creatures and in some god knows what. Have you seen a snake? They have beautiful patterns each different from other (of course! I would not pet those or want them in my house). I get goose bumps when I see the lizards in my house or on the walls. I just don’t like them and I’m scared to do anything to those. I can squash a cock roach, but lizards are deadlier to me than snakes. I don’t know what will they do to me if I hit them. Will they bite me or stick out there venomous tongue. I wish I had a scare crow to scare them off. But till then, I would be the one scared of them.