Affirmation



You do not need anyone
To identify who you are;
Only the ones
Who do not know themselves,
Yearn for the unnecessary labels
That others liberally give.

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Determination



She stands with trembling knees
And covers her head with her hand;
Her skin appears too translucent
And her make-up bleeds in the heat.
A weather-beaten maiden;
Just another common, nameless face.
A few minutes more, it seems,
And you’ll see her blown by the breeze.
Yet, what no one realizes
Is that her feet are firmly planted
On the slippery ground–
And that her heart’s fully set
On getting what she truly seeks.

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Identity



I’m molded by the people
Who passed
Through my existence–
I’m the sum
Of the aches and joys
That caressed
And scalded my life.
Embedded, deeply,
In my skin
Are the myriad cicatrices
Bestowed upon me
By hatred and by love;
Although, I’m also
The resolute essence
That enabled me to survive.
Thus, this is who I am.

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Applause



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Not everyone
Will comprehend
Your soul;
Yet, there’ll be
That someone
Who will applaud
Not only your traits,
But also the things
That you don’t
Even know
About yourself.

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“Purging”


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Concoct something abrasive.
Pour all the pain and blithe into it.
Now, stir it,
With the dispassion that you feel.
Make it even more nefarious–
Use, a bit, of horrendous cursing.
Blend it in,
With discordant cackles,
Meant for evil witches and fiends.
Then, discard it–
Flash it out of your soul.
Detect a change in you?

©Diwa

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“Nobody But Yourself”


Written by Kumarpal Vardhan.
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When you feel life getting difficult,
Look inside you for the spirit to fight,
It’s easy for people around to advice you,
You’ll hear about many ways to get back up,
Yet, there won’t be any that you’d want to adopt,
The situation you’re facing can be fought,
In a way that is unique and your own,
As each person thinks differently and uniquely,
That’s the very reason for you to have faith in yourself.
You’d find my saying this mere advice,
Trust me, nobody knows you better than your own self.

–Man With The Pen

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“Best Self”


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i’ll be my
worst self to you;
and, hope that
you’ll still like me.
if you stick around
despite that;
then, i’ll know
that you can handle
the rest of me;
and, that’s when
i’ll give you
the best of me.

–Diwa

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“Firebrand”


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paint me with roses and daffodils.
whisper my name and see how it feels.
see me in the clouds, above your head.
find me in the forest, below the ledge.

for, i’m the sunshine that keeps you warm.
i own that gentle silence, deep in the dark.
i give that familiar longing to music.
i’m that elusive thing that you seek.

see the girl, up ahead? i’m within her, too.
see her eyes–and you’ll see me, true.
you’ll feel my soothing touch in her hands.
she’s the one–for, like me, she’s a firebrand.

–Diwa

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