The little girl seated on a blue swing
Watched, with her moist eyes keen,
The kids run and jump around
Playing tag, laughing along
Girls giggled at the merry-go-round
And the boys played with a soccer ball
Some went around and pushed to the ground
A friend, who got back to fight the fraud
The laughter, so merry, of kids soiled
Filled her heart with a lonely void
As she watched a child seated in a swing beside
Being pushed by a friend with lovely delight,
Pearls of tears rolled down her cheeks, once dry
And she looked up at the moon in the dusky sky
How she wished it would come down to her,
And push the blue swing, like friends they were!
But she knew that won’t happen ever
And decided to stop waiting for someone to cheer
Her up, or push her nice blue swing
So, she pushed herself into the air that’d cling.
Most times, we have to come out of our shells to ‘fit’ in to the world outside..to play and to laugh our hearts out with others.
For many, this can be an easy task after a starting trouble.
But for some, it can be extremely difficult.
“Will they accept me?”
“Will they feel disturbed?”
“Won’t they consider me a nuisance?”
These are the questions that torment them..At such times, they desperately want someone out there to invite them, to smile at them and say “It’s OK! Come, let’s laugh and play”.
But then, there are times when such an invitation is never received. Times when you cannot find a friend to laugh and play with..Times when you feel like you are wearing an invisibility cloak that has been stitched to your skin..
It is at those times that we must realize that we are not alone. That we must learn to love ourselves and find joy in our self, conquering our fears and lonely tears..
Sometimes, we must push our swings ourselves to move forward. We cannot depend on someone else always.
Happiness comes from within.
I dedicate this post to a good friend of mine who, after reading this poem’s draft,chided me lovingly saying, “The girl should go and play with others..Don’t be like this!”..
I knew she would say that..And it kinda made me happy.
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