Aniruddha Pathak

Rookie - 277 Points (25.05.1941 / Godhra - Gujarat)

Joy Is The Way - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak

Slow and serene when I walked at the jheel1,
Sporting upon my lips a pleasant smile,
Relaxed to core and deep at ease to feel,
The weary thoughts were left behind a mile.

The seed of joy and bliss, of peace and love,
That I ne’er knew was always within me,
And never watered ceaseless on the move,
When blue of skies touched me, nor depth of sea,
I walked my life to walk, e’en chose to run
For no reason, when a peaceful li’le pause
Would have put me in touch with soul’s heaven,
But such was lure of chasing that ne’er was.

Too bad I realise this, this late day,
That there’s no way to joy, joy is the way.
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jheel1: Hindi, for a shallow, sprawling lake.
The last line: From M.K. Gandhi, who said: ‘There is no way to
peace, peace is the way.’

The sonnet begins with a quatrain realising the wonders of Nature.
In the octave that follows it lapses into the life that was, realising
what was missed, only to return to the present in a couplet ending
the sonnet.
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- Sonnets | 05.08.11 |

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 28, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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