On the threshold of ten

in the dawn of a new era

the satin kiss of sun rays

is a promise of life enriched.

 As childhood bids adieu

and peppy youth blooms

let the child reclaim your soul

for it is the god’s abode.

In those moments alone 

when none pamper or pinch your cheeks

do not lose hope as a time will come

when they’ll shake your hand strong.

When teardrops surge

ashamed you should not be

as tears water your soul

to cleanse all pain.

As a sprightly lad matures

dreams and ambitions

shining eyes behold

those you fulfill but for yourself.

Treasures of the world must wait

those of the heart you’ve to seek

so to meet your eyes

with respect for all and one cherished by all.

Expectations galore it’ll be

to tread their way

that’s when brave you should be

to carve your own and walk alone

Life is tough with challenges many

and spring meadows aplenty

revel in its wonders

and bounce from setbacks any.

On the cobbled path

as you prance walk or tremble

they’ll hold your hand

and boost you ample.

So welcome this dawn

in an embrace warm

with esteem held high

and pride alright.



Author: Anita Desai

I am an alumni of the University of Delhi. An administration and human resources professional, I was associated in the past with Embassy of Israel and with the UKaid's development programs n New Delhi. An emerging writer, poet, blogger, with interests in reading/writing short stories, I discovered my flair for writing during a career break. My short story "The Domestic Maid' features on an online literary community 'New Asian Writing'. 'Epileptic', a short love story, has been published by Nivasini Publishers in their 2015 anthology, 'Celebrating India - Love Without Borders'. My Hindi poem 'Navnirman' has been shortlisted or publishing in 2017 in two anthologies by Authorspress and Nivasini Publishers. I share my opinions on social/political causes of human interest on 'saddahaq.com', a social journalism platform.

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