Bashyam Narayanan

The Quantum Of Solace - Poem by Bashyam Narayanan

When in distress you look for solace
But, know there is always a certain
Quantum of solace, in place,
In your mind space,
Reach it in peace and in no pace

That zone which can comfort you
In difficulties is within you
And get hold of it as and when you need
The quantum varies with people
Based on their impressions
Of the occurrings outside

You can enhance this solace domain
By trying to understand you, especially
Your nature and your reacting-to-situations pattern

Quantum of solace is least among those
Who wants to be special
Because of their haste
And note, not prompt, responses to demands

Quantum of solace improves
With weighed responses
Assessing situations objectively
And not self-biasedly or subjectively

An attempt to understand
Your standing is the essence
Of enlarged quantum of solace

Real mentors are those
Who have a very large solace quantum
And indirectly share their solacing space
To those who ask for comfort

You can do that too
And achieve that level
Where you require no solace
As you stay ever in peace
Irrespective of situations you are in

A self-directed exercise
To examine yourself
To scan your thoughts
To trace your dreams
And to develop skills to direct them,
Instead of their directing you,
Will make you yourself
A solace to others, who need comfort in distress

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 15, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, April 16, 2012

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