The Sky That Was

The sky that was blue yesterday
is now strewed with the color of blood
and the God above is stifling
in the smoke from the bombs
and ashes from the fire
burning outside his visible residence
burning inside untainted souls
sabotaged by those in oblivion
while the noise of the guns
echoing with the silent prayers
is deafening the God above the sky that was…

The validity and worth of every space
that a human and his shadow occupies
is in the asseveration of the verses
those reprobates would never perceive
and while all those humans in peril
search for another sky
the one that is fair and brighter,
the silence of the peace and
the tumult of violence
tell that the heaven is not far
but the hell is here, where
no one will again witness the sky that was…

Bewailing the loss when the eyes would
look at a piece of the starry sky
stars would turn into countless tiny graves
and we won’t be looking either
at the God or the past
but the future that moves no further
than the sky that was…

– Kritika Vashist

 

Righteousness

Where there is righteousness in the heart there is beauty in the character;
When there is beauty in the character there is harmony in the home;
When there is harmony in the home there is order in the nation;
When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.

– APJ Abdul Kalam

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Day-3 Quote-3

This is in response to the Quote Challenge for which I was nominated by these wonderful fellow bloggers; Ashish, AsilDarshith, HSampson and Akiraa.

This is my favorite quote from APJ Abdul Kalam sir. Sir has been my inspiration throughout and he is not just a leader to me, but a perfect human being I can ever imagine. I have read all of his books and his words of wisdom echo in my head. His journey, his struggles, his success, his accomplishments, his teachings, his undaunted nature moved me. I have all the respect and love for this incredible man.
I always wanted to attend at least one of his lectures. I wanted to hear him live. I wanted to see movements of his hands while explaining (see the picture), while giving a speech and most importantly, I wanted to see that contagious smile. Then one day, I happened to came across a poster on my college notice board about a seminar that was being organised by Delhi University and sir was invited for discussions on commerce. I jumped in excitement and my happiness knew no limit. I registered for the seminar with the money that I had earned organizing a Rio+20 United Nation on Sustainable Development event. Well, yes, that did add to my happiness.
On the day of seminar, after I had done collecting my registration receipt and brochure, I turned back and there he was standing, crowded by university staff. I was only few inches away, but I was so amazed to see him that by the time I could act, he had entered the seminar hall. I am getting all nostalgic remembering it. Yes, he is that favorite.
This is the quote/poetry he narrated on that day and it is on my mind since then.
If you wish to, you can read about him here.

Rules for the challenge:

1. Post 3 of your favourite quotes each per day for 3 recurrent days. The quotes can be of any other people or it may come straight from your own heart.
2. Nominate 3 or more bloggers with each post to challenge them.
3. Don’t forget to utter a thankful word to the person who nominated you.
My Nominations for Day 3
Daniel
Hargun
Steph 

In case you have been already nominated by someone, do let me know, I would nominate some other blogger 🙂

Kritika Vashist

Innocence

The wind whipped through the stage
bestrewed with blood and lifeless bodies
that dared to stand against the hatred,
smelled of their bloodthirsty revenge.

The windows of the schools that had
painted the colorful future of innocents
on the walls of gratitude and peace,
broken down by their malevolence.

The noises of their guns and false morality,
slitted the eyes and the voice of humanity.
The sky that once wore a rainbow of happiness,
veiled behind the stains of blood of innocence.

– Kritika Vashist

This is in response to the free writing challenge given by Geethu. You can know about the challenge here.
To be honest, I took more than 10 minutes. I took around 15 minutes, because I had to complete the poem. Apologies for breaking the rule, Geethu.

(When I read the word innocence, I thought of childhood, happiness and carefree days. I thought I’d write about it, but it would have taken me to a road where I would realize how time and responsibilities took away our innocence. Maybe I was not in a mood to write about it. As I started to type, I realized that time and difficulties do snatch away our innocence, but what about those who never got a chance to live their innocence? And I was ready to pen down my words. Also, I am not attaching any picture to this post because I do not have courage to look through grievous pictures.)