“Emptied”


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She went out into the world–
Excited and ripe.
The universe was up for her picking
And every novel item made her smile.
Dancing her way
Through crevices and alleyways,
She acknowledged each gaping bloom
And gawking gecko–
Anxious to be friends with all.
Then one gecko approached her,
Armed with an elfish grin on his face.
She said, “Hi!”
With all the charm and wit, about her.
They became close and he toured her
All throughout the garden–
Showing her the shrouded interstices
Of this Newfoundland of hers.
The captivating lizard dazzled her
With everything there was.
They gamboled about, in oblivion–
Him, cajoling her to enjoy;
Her, relishing every morsel of his sphere.
What she didn’t fathom
Was that each thing came with a price.
He was of that complex realm
And she was merely a new distraction–
A marvelous divertissement, he deduced.
She took in all sights and tastes,
Careless and free, at last.
“Ah! This is life!” she announced.
A few weeks of vacuous pleasures
And the gecko got weary of her zest.
He was ready to move on–
She was evolving into a pesty baggage.
He threw her away and vanished.
She woke up, disoriented and alone.
The sheltered lass wept–
Inveigled to find him, yet again.
For years, she travelled all over the kingdom–
Peering into every face,
Desiring each to be his.
But, existence wasn’t always for the naive.
Torn and crestfallen,
She went back to her cage.
“Oh, I shouldn’t have
Ventured out of this hutch.
Now, I’m more depressed than before!”
She lamented.
The world is a wondrous dominion;
But, it isn’t for the innocent and the meek.

┬ęDiwa

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“Two Sets Of People”


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there are only two sets
of people in this world:

one, the selfish; and
two, the selfless.

the selfish do things for himself.
his priority is himself.
he can be anything,
in order to achieve what he wants.
if what he does helps others, too;
then, that’s merely a plus.

the selfless do things for others.
his priority is the other.
if what he does helps him, also;
then, that is only a bonus.

–Diwa

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“Battles”


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listen to your heart
and heed its call.
it knows your soul,
the thoughts untold.

remember the adage
that has always surfaced:
“one is always in battle
with both self and the world.”

the key is to ascertain
what makes you sing,
what you want,
and what you need;

let your soul find
the genuine song within–
permit it to win.
you are its king.

–Diwa

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