Is that all?

Sometimes, my life goes dry. You know what I mean? I can’t think, I do not find inspiration to battle through my difficulties. I’m usually happy with what I have. And I do have a good life. But as with everyone, the urge and the drive to improve myself is always there. And this thirst is not understood by many in my world, sometimes not even my parents.

I share this post with Carry On Tuesday, with Haiku Heights where the topic is Quench, and also with Sunday Scribblings, where the theme is To Give.


Is that all there is
To give; can thirst of parched earth
Be quenched by droplets?


Ā© Leo 26/06/2011

Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

52 thoughts on “Is that all?

    • Sometimes more than I realize too. The heat in life sometimes just dries out the drops that build up, Jae, and that kind of adds to my frustration.

  1. another haiku??? awesome. God im so drastically jealous AND in awe of u at the same time!! šŸ˜› šŸ˜› naah, kidding. šŸ™‚ i could completely relate with this verse of urs and the intro in the beginning. its like that most of the times with me too. the recent example being- i want to take up literature after 12th and my parents wont HEAR of it. šŸ™ šŸ™ its so frustrating to get ur dreams crushed like that but well… im my case ‘that is all i can get’. sorry to bore u with all this!! as EVAR- beautiful verse.. šŸ™‚

    • Well, I’m quite fond of the form, Kirti. It is why I run a meme for haikus every week. Jealous and awe? LOL šŸ˜€ Thanks I guess, though your poetry is quite awe-filled too in my opinion. Ah, likewise. I’m not a literature student, though I wanted to be. The field is not considered to be a career builder I think. Hence the reluctance of the parents. Don’t let that get you down. Keep penning. Your blog can be a platform for exploring that literature student in you, while you do science (I think). Glad you liked my verse! šŸ™‚

      • What??? but you of all should have pursued it.. i mean you are seriously awesome(how many times a day do i say that and still never get tired?? šŸ˜› šŸ˜› ) but not getting what we want- truth of life. anyways thanks for the encouraging words šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ apart from an awesome(awesome count=2 !!) poet you should also try your hand at council-ling šŸ˜€ and yeah.. science is the only option i have cuz i dont wanna get sucked up in engg. maybe i will do a math honors… at present im goin crazy with a song šŸ˜› šŸ˜› waiting for ur next poem šŸ™‚

        • Counseling? šŸ˜† whatever for, Kirti? Giving people advice isn’t something I’m good at I think šŸ™‚ What happened five years back in time isn’t something I look at, but I pursued my second love instead. Do what you gotta do. Math is a nice field as well.

  2. Nice senryu. Your title reminds me of the old Peggy Lee song, “Is That All there Is?” No matter the circumstances in one’s life, be it hard scrabble poverty, or a “good life,” it is human nature to go forth and expand, to be something unlike what everyone expects of you. This tells me you are going through such a moment.

    • I’m always looking for improvements, Jerry. The thirst is unquenchable when it comes to that. Just that some moments, I feel I’m being given less space to spread my wings.

  3. I felt sad while reading the 1st para you have authored…seems like you have written the pulses of your heart in heat filled words!! I wish someone understands you soon…the Haiku is amazing!! as always, the flow is inspiring!!

    • Yes, you are right, dearest Fiducia. The pulse of my heart is what has penned this haiku. It is not that someone in the world doesn’t understand me, it is just that the one who I wish understands me does not. Makes me feel chained and thirsty, yet no way to spread my wings or quench that thirst. Glad you liked the haiku..

  4. It is difficult to appease all of those whom we love … what they want for us vs what we want for ourselves. Many times each side doesn’t understand the other, or expects more than we are willing to give at the time. Be true to your self, Leo … taking a pause for recharging your energy is natural part of the growth cycle. Nice penned piece to express your concern ~~

  5. You are not alone in that boat Leo…some more people out there are sinking on that same boat and suffers the same dilemma… šŸ™

    It is how we look at life, how we treat things that come our way. Lost something valuable? Oh you should know how it feels, but losing one’s identity? It is more tragic!

    • I don’t think I’ve lost my identity as such. But still, it feels that way coz who needs to identify with me and identify me have forgotten it, Amity.

  6. Hey Leo…isn’t it on Haiku Heights, that the prompt is ‘Quench’….?? Your reference says otherwise!;) Thought I’d tell you!!

  7. Hi Leo,
    The words that you have penned here, I feel the same. Destiny seems to be parching us. Wish the downpour comes soon.

    Thanks, Sayantika

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