Ila Sumam

Breaking Bubbles

When I was three
Blowing bubbles
Under my tamarind tree
Amma asked
'Do you know
Every life is
A bubble? '
I said no

After I turned ten
A sulking pre-teen, then
Amma said
'Each of a person's face
Is a bubble
Break the ones that hurt you
It works'
It worked

Now I've grown, evolved
So did Amma's bubbles
Whose number suffocated me
Deceiving charm hurt me

So I broke one of mine instead

Submitted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Edited: Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Growing up is never easy socially.World becomes so complicated...or so we believe.

Isn't it the way we look that matters that what we're looking at?

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  • Rookie - 460 Points V P Mahur (3/9/2014 1:55:00 PM)

    Dear Ila,
    Lovely poems this is.

    160. Crazy But Why
    Be not crazy for success
    No effort excess
    Is worthy of admiration
    Unless it has power of
    Inner satisfaction
    That lies in joy of whole
    Not in single full bowl
    What worth a wealth
    more of it on my page.
    I invite you to read my poems and give your views
    Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,690 Points Valsa George (3/2/2014 2:15:00 AM)

    This poem has deeper significance than what it conveys through its outer rind... It asserts certain unpleasant facts: Life is as transitory as a bubble, Growing up is not easy... bubbles will spoil the facial glow! Destroying one's own bubble is easier and wiser than destroying another's bubble! Great write Illa... At this young age, if you can contemplate on life with the insight of a seer, you are born to ascend greater heights! Proceed with confidence! ! (Report) Reply

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