That I am

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Astride my pet Thestral

I course through the grey nimbus

Its dense whispers of vapours

Humming notes of cheeriness into my ears

A supernatural, luminous chill embraces me

Enhancing the colourful aura of freedom

Radiating about me.

Thus awakened with spiritual contentment

I fly back to my four walls

To my earthly everydays

I have, in this lifetime

Embraced death

Makes me value the preciousness

Of every minute

Cry I do not, anymore

Of lockdown claustrophobia —

That anguish, that yearning for freedom

Was but a reflection

Of my limited knowledge of myself

A form I have, but I know now

I am not this body!

Thoughts — yet, not me this mind!

Love, pain, fear — I do feel

Yet I am beyond my emotions!

Duties, responsibilities — mine

But not me

Restrained I am not by the intellect!

Born I was, die I will

But eternal I am!

Locked down I can be

Yet, unbound I can become

Of the four walls of my home

For, I am the universe

Also Read: Seasons of Love

My excursions into imaginary clouds

Upon magical steeds —

Not an escape from desolation of Death

But an acceptance of Life!

Why waste a lifetime

Hankering after the ephemeral

When in equilibrium I can be?

Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham!

Footnotes:

Thestral: One of the magical creatures in the Harry Potter books, thestrals are a breed of invisible winged horses that can be seen only by people who have witnessed death.

Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham: I am Shiva, That I am, pure consciousness and bliss, one with the absolute reality. This chant is taken from ‘Nirvana Shatakam’, composed by Adi Shankaracharya, over a thousand years ago.

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