I remember as a child losing a favorite toy,
Nothing said could bring back the joy.
After tears, tenderness and time, I accepted the loss,
And learnt a lesson of acceptance and moving across.
Letting go is a complex art,
Attachments are like sweet and sour tart,
Detachment is not something for which we have a draft,
Yet, life and living demands that we embrace this craft.
Though generations before us have walked this path,
Yet, each individual is on one’s own swath.
Slowly we learn not all lost can be restored,
Sadness and sorrow have also to be endured.
Loosening chords can cut sharper than a knife,
Yet, holding on is against the natural order of life.
Since losses in life are rampant and rife,
It does not help to put up a strife.
The sojourn of acceptance,
Is not bereft of inner agitation,
Can challenge many a disposition,
But leads to affirmation and personal evolution.
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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4 thoughts on “Letting Go”
So true….each word is worth a complete message.
I remember when massrjee took us children to India Gate for a post dinner ice cream, and we bought the halogen balloons,
A tender string getting severed took the balloon away and was a grave loss…….no words to express the grief but the letting go lesson was learn’t.
Your emotive balloon brought so many memories back.
Once again a lovely account, life indeed is a bundle of bundling up and letting go.
Lt col Vandana
Thanks dear Vandana 🙂 I am also learning that despite our instinct to protect, its best for children to learn these vital life lessons via every day experiences too.
it is amazing. It brings out the inner depth. Would love to connect with you. I live in Silicon Valley.
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Thanks Vinita. I will get in touch 🙂