The cerulean blush of the new morn beckons even as I wake up with a yawn. I gazed open-mouthed at the pristine vastness. A scene such as this, I never ever saw. I wonder what lies beyond the blue, crimson, yellow, and green. It is so vast, vaster than the meadow green I’ve always seen.
My transparent heart, I open before you, no storm in a teacup, I now brew.
In that snowy-vastness, in that heavenly-stillness, in contrast to my crass-narrow mind, there is much serenity. And in that surreal silence when I am engulfed, all my sorrows, my misgivings lie extinguished.
Well, I was at my wits’ end. My health was at its worst. I had suffered burnout. I was a mental and a physical wreck. I definitely needed a break! I had to find a way. I knew that sorcerers or astrologers would be of no help, they’d be interested more in what I’d be able to pay….
And that’s when it came in a flash from within – Take off to the hills, the distant snowy peaks, where you’d not find a soul for miles –only rivers gurgling, alpines whispering, skies enticing and the horizon, stretching endless over the snow-kissed hills. Solitude is bliss, heavenly, at that!
Hema Ravi is a freelance trainer for IELTS and Communicative English. Her poetic publications include haiku, tanka, free verse and metrical verses. Her write ups have been published in the Hindu, New Indian Express, Femina, Woman's Era, and several online and print journals; a few haiku and form poems have been prize winners. She has contributed to the 'Destine Literare' (Canada). Besides, she is the author of ‘Everyday English,’ ‘Write Right Handwriting Series 1,2,3,’ co-author of Sing Along Indian Rhymes’ and ‘Everyday Hindi.’ Her "Everyday English with Hema," a series of English lessons are broadcasted by the Kalpakkam Community Radio.