Featured Poem: Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

The Quarter-Life Experiment

16463906_963513210449747_5598583530687823872_nSonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,

Or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,

In secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms,

But carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;

Thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,

Risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.

I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;

Therefore, I love you because I know no other way

Than this: where I does not exist, nor you,

So close that your hand on my chest is my hand,

So close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

 

Junior year, high school. My creative writing teacher furnishes the…

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The Future ‘You’ // Thoughts on humanity, love and fame

A ‘you’ that returns back to the original innocence of humanity, which loves from the purity of heart; which sees from the eyes of truth; which dreams with the clarity of an untampered mind.

The future ‘you’ is an infinite you, it’s called a “chakra” in India, it’s like a circle. It ends where it begins from to complete itself.

A ‘you’ that perceives time and space differently. Understands both.

Your unimaginable and fantastic importance and your complete unimportance in the larger context of the universe.

A ‘you’ that returns back to the original innocence of humanity, which loves from the purity of heart; which sees from the eyes of truth; which dreams with the clarity of an untampered mind.

The future ‘you’ has to be like an aging movie star who has been made to believe that there is a possibility of a world which is completely, wholly, self-obsessively in love with itself.

There has to be a ‘you’ to create a world which is its own best lover.

That I believe ladies and gentlemen should be the future ‘you’.

Beautiful, heartfelt words that I believe need no introduction or explaining. Words I’m quoting word for word from:

TED Talks Video: Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

“I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people,” says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood’s biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight.

 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NV1KdWRHck

Little Steps to a Peaceful Mind

In the end, (only) three things matter:

  • How much you loved,
  • How gently you lived,
  • And how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

It’s a quote often credited to Buddha, but it had also been argued fake, and that it’s actually based on a quote from Jack Kornfield.

But who said it aside. I can’t help but connect and admire the content. Especially with me being at a point in my life where I feel stuck, and defeated by past experiences, thoughtless words, and indecision about the future. This quote provided me with somewhat of a clarity and reminded me of the things that really mattered to me, but somehow got sidelined because of the all chaos that my mind had become; And that is to be kind and loving, even when it’s not necessarily reciprocated, because that’s a reflection of who I AM, and how people perceive it or react to is, is a reflection of who they are.

And finally, to know my worth and value, and not give importance to baseless opinions of people who didn’t show the curtesy to ask and inform themselves before spouting baseless, uncalled for and hurtful words.

This was supposed to be me just sharing a quote that I like, but I guess I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t go on a tangent there, now would I ? :p

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Love, Zed