Life Alight

Unfolding life's mysteries with poetry, photography & ramblings


January 2013

The Most Beautiful

ImagePhoto by: Daniel Martini

The most beautiful sea:
hasn’t been crossed yet.
The most beautiful child:
hasn’t grown up yet.
Our most beautiful days:
we haven’t seen yet.
And the most beautiful words I wanted to tell you
I haven’t said yet…

– Nazim Hikmet Ran

Wing it!

Life is a riddle
Spilling with opportunities
Pregnant with choices

What will I do?
Be tempted or die?
Run or sit tight?

Bad timing, why don’t you go?
Perfect timing, come on by!
My timing, totally absurd!

Here I am
Opportunity, here you are
Damned if I do, Damned if I don’t

The choice is mine
It’s not all clear
Am I ready?

Hell, I’ll wing it!
My chance,
I’ll take it.


Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Chimamanda presents her understanding of the dangers of a “single story” in a very moving presentation. Everything surrounding us is a trajectory to our own perspectives and experiences however limited they may be. What I call the educated blind. We often find ourselves certain of our knowledge of someone or something to the extent that we blatantly ignore any other stories and or believe the first ones too strongly. Keeping our understanding of the world, open to new and improved experiences is important. I will go on to say, the same applies to many personal occasions where we are so often convinced by one story enough to be blinded to all others. Be it the media, that tells the single story, or the gossiping queens of our society, we must be careful about what we believe.

10 Mistakes in Behavior Change

Truce and Happiness

Time you wasted
Desires you crushed
Hopes you halted
Endlessly I sighed

Why pretend
You don’t care
Its true.
I’ve learned to
live alone

You accuse me of
Callous rudeness
Its my shield you see
My armor at war
I fight alone

I want a truce
peace at long last
our kingdoms apart
borders etched
in chalk

Its not my duty
to change you
Its not my destiny
to chain you

You can shine
or you can crumble
its all up to you
life is our canvas
to draw or leave

I pray to God
for happiness
for you, unequal
and surreal



On the bough of a tree was seated
A nightingale that was saddened

Saying that-
Over me the night is past
And in pecking day is lost!

Towards their nest
How will they (birds) reach
When the shadow of dark
Has fastened its glitch

When heard this yell and wail
Of the nightingale
Said the glowworm
In a voice so calm

With my heart and soul
To you I am of avail
So what if I am
An insect so little?

The night is dark
Why worry then?
All through your route
I will enlighten!

A torch has Allah given me
A radiant lamp has He made me

Noble are those ones indeed
Whom others find while in need!

– Alama Iqbal

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