In search of joy I wandered,
Only to be squandered,
In pursuit of joy I plundered,
But while doing so I blundered.
Like an alluring dream,
Joy enticed me forever,
Into actions of demean, that played havoc,
With my simple serene.
In the voyage of life,
I thought important was the end,
And not the means to the end,
So I adopted various means,
Only to achieve the coveted end,
Until one day I realized,
End is only fruitful,
If it is through the right means.
And while running after joy,
I could only find the venom of waste,
That had left me high and dry,
To the rigors of depraved taste.
For joy was not any achievement,
Nor a prized possession,
And definitely not a status symbol,
And certainly not a glorious complexion,
But only a healthy mental condition.
For joy was simple,
Joy was visible,
Joy was small,
Joy was tiny and not tall,
Yet it took me a lifetime,
To understand the meaning of joy,
And in that manner it was quite an overall.
I ambled and scrambled,
Wherever I landed,
In search of joy,
When ultimately I realized.
Joy resided in my timid smile and bold laughter,
In my sound sleep and little dreams,
Under my pillow and on the roof and even under my feet,
And above all in my radiant eyes, and state of mind,
Which all this while I couldn’t identify.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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