I Am Still Standing

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There are two paths in front of me.
I ask myself, "Can't you see? "
The pieces of my broken heart,
continue to break and fall apart.

One path will make my parents proud.
The other, my country proud.
One path asks for the mind of a thinker.
The other, the heart of a selfless
leader.

But when I start walking down the path of a thinker,
My heart starts singing that different song louder-
The song of guilt and dejection,
protesting that the other suited me with perfection.

I am going to choose the other path-
The path of a soldier, ornated with strength.
I am going to choose sacrifice and selflessness,
Not the path endowed with selfishness.

But how selfless can this heart be?
I'll just have to wait and see.
Do these hands have a shield to bear
The crowd of enemies coming near?

Does this heart have a vest to fight
The passion of sadness with all its might?
Do these eyes have helmets to avoid the sight
Of a thousand swords coming to pierce me through?

Some people will tell me to run away,
From no man's land when death comes my way.
But I will stand still with all my might,
As bright and strong as a ray of sunlight.

They will either find me in no man's land
Or smiling at them from God's golden land.
But never in the land of cowards, never
For I will protect the ones behind me forever.

My mind will be my sword
Always going by my word.
My heart will be my shield
Always giving me back some yield.

My eyes would be my helmet
Always checking on the enemies I meet.
And who all will be my tanks?
I, myself and me, working still without a word of thanks.

Friday, November 3, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: brave,choice,confusion,dilemma,future,patriotism,strength,strong
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
I am confused about my future. I want to serve the Indian Army as an officer but some people keep telling me to choose to become something else. I decided to choose the path of an officer serving the Indian Army. My heart is there and will forever be.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Subhas Chandra Chakra 05 November 2017

But never in the land of cowards, never For I will protect the ones behind me forever You have a great sensible and patriotic heart within. Listen to your heart which rarely is overpowered by the powerful and blurred by the lusty and greedy people around. Love to quote the stanza that amazes... My mind will be my sword Always going by my word My heart will be my shield Always giving me back some yield Thanks poet for the great contribution to poetry. Please communicate to your fellow poets too through your readership. Regards. Subhas

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Sneha R 05 November 2017

Thanks a million, sir. I will continue to contribute more to poetry. Your comment has empowered me and given me energy.

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Baquee Billah Ahmed 04 September 2018

SO SWEET POEM......................

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Mohammed Ali 02 December 2017

Nice poem

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Rajnish Manga 02 December 2017

You have the conviction and courage and can convince those opposing your pursuit of a career as a dedicated officer in Indian Army. We appreciate your vision. Thanks.

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Sneha R 02 December 2017

Thank you×infinity sir

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Binayakumar Mohanty 01 December 2017

Every line not only worth reading but worth quoting dear poet.Thanks for sharing.

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Sneha R 02 December 2017

Thank you sir

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Abhimanyu Kumar.s 13 November 2017

There is this great outburst of emotions. Dilemma is dealt with patience and understanding. Thank you

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Sneha R 14 November 2017

Thanks a ton, sir

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