NaPoWriMo Day 23:

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that responds, in some way, to another. This could be as simple as using a line or image from another poem as a jumping-off point, or it could be a more formal poetic response to the argument or ideas raised in another poem. You might use a favorite (or least favorite poem) as the source for your response.

I have always held these words of Rumi, close to my heart. So I sought inspiration from these!

Poem Title: The wisdom of “change”

A slice of this world, I fancied for myself

To mold my way, to carve as I conjured,

A part that I truly believed to be mine

But this world seemed to differ in conduct

The world differed that I rightly deserved,

I argued, I cried, I pleaded, I justified,

I waited patiently for their assent,

I wrestled with them for change and acquiescence

To change their customs, their norms and perceptions,

To amend everything that came my way,

To abort all rules that made me fail,

To alter all provisions, I did not accept

Acceptance, I comprehended, wasn’t easy either ways,

“Why should I change myself?” I would often resent,

I was at war with society and its despots,

As steadfast as them, as obstinate as they were

Obstinate I was, but was I at peace?

Was it rational or imprudent to be so adamant?

Was change not meant to be a way of life?

Was change not needed to evolve myself?

Evolution, indeed, was a step into the future,

As a caterpillar transformed into a striking butterfly,

If nature could harness the sparks of change,

I, a liberal human, could certainly testify

Liberated I felt, as I changed my perspective,

I now embrace change, to improve myself,

I’ve learnt to adjust; I am willing to accept,

I’ve decided to move on, I’ve changed my mindset!

©Vandana Bhasin