Do you like doing a puzzle?
An activity of patience and nuzzle.
Putting all pieces together is the final prize,
The process itself many human qualities aggrandize.
Various puzzle pieces appear like life’s varied test,
Easy-hard, simple-complex, served at a higher behest,
All require different levels of zeal and zest,
Slowly one learns where we need to be the best.
Side pieces seem straightforward and simple,
Giving the puzzle its shape is their main principle,
Then, one can move to a more complex section,
With practice and perseverance one can make traction.
Life too continually throws oddballs our way,
Some we dodge and some we play.
Difficulties cannot be all kept at bay,
But teach us vital life lessons in its sway.
Neither puzzle, nor life is all simple or easy,
Skill and stamina to fit pieces can make us queasy,
Enjoying the process-not just the final reward is the key,
Pleasure of gameplay can vary in degree,
Because success in every move is not a guarantee,
Savoring small victories is a happiness recipe.
Published by Shalini Kathuria Narang
Shalini Kathuria Narang is a software professional and a freelance journalist. She has reported for national and international newspapers, magazines and news sites. Her poems have been published in several anthologies including Starry Nights: Poetry of Diaspora in Silicon Valley and Pixie Dust and All Things Magical. She is a monthly contributor to Masticadores USA and has been published on Spillwords Press. She is originally from New Delhi.
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