Treasure Island

M.D Dinesh Nair

(Thrissur/Vijayawada)

WELCOME 2014


I welcome 2014
With a smile born 49 years ago as passed from my granny,
I welcome the New Year
With a sigh born some years later as my mom ever had had it,
And I welcome 2014
With a whistle as someone had inserted between my lips long ago.

I welcome 2014
With a hundred dreams delightful,
With ten resolutions strong
And a scare elusive and haunting.
I am afraid to travel in the train of my dreams
When my past chases me like a nightmare often.

What is this nonsense?
Expecting happiness to knock at your door every 1st of January,
What is this nuisance?
Wishing every unhappy man a HAPPY NEW YEAR,
And where is your wallet of real joy?
Stolen by time the incorrigible pedestrian?

In my past I used to wonder and ask
“Why we celebrate the New Year Day? ”
And a man with a lot of white hair told me then
“It is for children and the innocent”.
I have lost both my childhood and innocence,
But I am wished A HAPPY NEW YEAR again and again!

I look like a mule often mistaken as the other two
And till the dust settles you cannot figure me out!
My hair has turned white here and there, I know
And soon I may begin to forget to greet you all.
I am a pessimist for my mind would quiz me otherwise,
And I see a sparrow flying high but now chased by a kite.

I am an optimist for you would admonish me otherwise,
And I also see an over sized thin balloon in the hands of a child.
I welcome 2014
With an inward eye that sees things dismal
And with an ear that hears silence eerie.
I too wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR

Submitted: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Edited: Monday, December 23, 2013

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With no apology to the sponsors of new year celebrations

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  • Kavya . (12/26/2013 2:29:00 AM)

    a mixed bag of emotions in this poem, a sense of pessimism in the start of the poem along with a positive note in the end....i feel its better to be positive and move forward....an unhappy man can be happy for a moment if hes wished Happy New Year by his well wishers...........the unhappiness is just a phase, it will not stay with him forever.........we have to look forward to happy times, as someone has rightly said
    Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal.
    Live Life before you Leave Life. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (12/25/2013 10:37:00 AM)

    “It is for children and the innocent”.
    I have lost both my childhood and
    innocence,


    But I am wished A HAPPY NEW YEAR
    again and again!
    But I can not assure if it would bring joys or sorrows.
    For to day sure to say MERRY CHRISTMAS. (Report) Reply

  • Rubab Atwal (12/25/2013 7:05:00 AM)

    an amazing write.we have to bid adieu to 2013 and welcome 2014..
    wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy new year.............. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (12/25/2013 1:47:00 AM)

    As I bid good bye to dame 2013
    And welcome the new maiden 2014
    I thank all that has been in the months so past
    And good moments that will in my memory last.............

    Sir, Wishing you and family also a very happy poetic new year! (Report) Reply

  • marvin brato (12/24/2013 6:52:00 PM)

    Come what may for 2014, the least we can do is move on and meet all challenges with gusto! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (12/24/2013 7:30:00 AM)

    Great words and how we think different with times passing. Thank You (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (12/24/2013 4:55:00 AM)

    Dreams are mere a dream, Don't know how many are going to be fulfilled. Still we dream else life will become a lifeless dream, Definitely past chases us and prevent us from dreaming.
    Once I told my friend, please be happy, we can only do that. She asked me are you happy? I really don't know what to tell, as she knows me very well. But I thought how can I tell anyone you be sad....We can wish everyone one to be happy..A few positive words or thoughts can really do much. So with much positivity I would like to
    Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...God Bless! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (12/23/2013 12:42:00 PM)

    The New Year is seen as a time of fresh hope - but sadly so often the passage of time brings only sorrow. I hope for you Dinesh, it will be a time of joy.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - Val (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (12/23/2013 12:03:00 AM)

    Don't be afraid to travel in the train of your dreams! Dreams make up life! Once we drop our dreams, life goes dreary with naked shingles! Let they be submerged in the waters of dreams, so that there is always a sparkling sheen!
    Close that inward eye that sees things dismal! Let us live in a fool's paradise, dreaming, though the oversized thin balloon may break anytime! ... Till then.... Fantastic write! !
    With no excuses.... Wish you a bright New Year of plenty of sunshine and dream's fulfillment! ! (Report) Reply

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