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Where did I lose her?

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I look back in time to see a

 tiny shadow caper around,

up to her frivolous antics.

Her cherubic smile

complements her  vivacious spirit.

She embraces mirth in

life’s tiny delights,

living each moment,

without a care of being judged.

Complacent and forgiving by nature

she is unafraid to explore.

For, she is a bohemian soul.

Today, I look at my shadow.

Its all grown and groomed,

cast in the societal mould.

Always on tenterhooks ,

worrying, has become a way of life.

 The labyrinth of emotional complexities

overwhelms me.

Frowns have replaced my smiles

sadly, I define my own limitations.

I just exist, forgetting to live.

I wonder,

Why and when did I estrange myself

from my once effervescent self?

I know not…

But, I guess its never too late,

 to reconnect with my inner child,

to kindle that lost spark.

Oh! we are long lost friends

who have a lot of catching up to do!!

Sadje’s : WDYS # 61

92 comments on “Where did I lose her?

  1. DeepikasRamblings
    December 21, 2020

    Ah, the carefree days of being children. How I wish I could achieve those qualities again..
    Thanks for the reminder, Radhika. Never too late to start, I guess…
    Coincidentally I played ‘slice’ game (that of clapping hands, which we used to play as kids), which I enjoyed and laughed till my stomach hurt…😀😀😀

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 21, 2020

      That’s so nice to hear Deepika. Yes, I remember the game.😄In the process of growing up, somehow we distance ourselves from the child in us. But, it’s never to late to let that little self back into our lives. Thanks so much ❤️

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  2. DeepikasRamblings
    December 21, 2020

    Played the game with my younger daughter

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  3. V.J. Knutson
    December 21, 2020

    Resonate with this poem Radhika

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Sadje
    December 21, 2020

    Beautifully said Radhika. We do lose our simplicity and child-like enjoyment of life as we grow older. Thanks for joining in with this lovely poem.

    Liked by 5 people

  5. kinge
    December 21, 2020

    We can always reconnect, sometimes life exxerts pressure on us that we forget who we are just to conform, we then live in fear, lost and estranged to self. I hope you find the bohemian soul again. Well expressed

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 22, 2020

      Absolutely Kevin. Despite the pressure we face today, only a few are able to keep alive this little beautiful child in them. Thanks so much for your feedback 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Indira
    December 21, 2020

    Innocence of childhood allows us to enjoy life… in adulthood we are shackled from enjoying life! Beautiful, Radhika!

    Liked by 4 people

  7. Cindy Georgakas
    December 21, 2020

    You strung these words so well Radhika depicting our inner child that goes dormant for awhile with the demands of life. It is sooooo important to bring her/him out to play!!!! Have a joyful, fun and happy holiday! ❤️Cindy

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 21, 2020

      Absolutely Cindy. The hectic life schedules plays tyrant on that inner child, forcing it to retreat into a dormant shell. Guess it’s never too late to awaken it. Thanks a bunch Cindy. Have a great day ❤️

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      • Cindy Georgakas
        December 21, 2020

        It sure does and we have to covet her like we do everything else we do but it’s challenging. You voiced it well! ❤️

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  8. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections
    December 21, 2020

    A joyous reflection back with a reminder that the inner child still lives in us – just like the opening image reminds us.

    Liked by 3 people

    • radhikasreflection
      December 21, 2020

      Yes Frank. It’s just that some of need to awaken that inner child from its deep slumber. Thanks so much. Have a lovely day and week ahead!

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  9. Chris Hall
    December 21, 2020

    Reconnect and ignite that inner spark! Definitely ;D

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Rupali
    December 21, 2020

    Wonderful poem Radhika. One can easily relate 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Sunith
    December 21, 2020

    We are like the plants, ever so flexible and as we add to our girth of experiences, we become rigid. Nice poem, Radhika!

    Liked by 3 people

  12. HappySoul
    December 21, 2020

    Definitely a long lost friend R. It’s time to meet her again .. 😊 So beautifully penned.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Ramya Vivek
    December 21, 2020

    This is an extraordinary piece of writing, my friend. Loved it.

    Liked by 3 people

  14. boundlessblessingsblog
    December 21, 2020

    A wonderful poem and for sure we have lost our childhood in the days gone by and where has our inner child gone in all this roller coaster of our lives. Superb, Radhika.

    Liked by 3 people

    • radhikasreflection
      December 22, 2020

      Yes, I think again befriending that inner child will be therapeutic for us. Thanks Kamal and have a lovely day 🌸

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  15. Deeksha Pathak
    December 21, 2020

    I guess among all your poems till now this is the best !! Probably because somehow I could relate to each line.
    Wonderful poetry Radhika!

    Liked by 3 people

    • radhikasreflection
      December 22, 2020

      Many many thanks Deeksha. Somewhere to some extent we all relate to this I guess. Time to renew that bond with her. What says? 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Subbashini Meenakshi Sundaram
    December 21, 2020

    So lovely, so positive it really brings energetic smile

    Liked by 3 people

  17. poeticallyyours360
    December 21, 2020

    Yes indeed! well written poem that resonates with many. The hustle and bustle of life consumes the simple enjoyments of life at times!

    Liked by 3 people

  18. Infinite Living
    December 21, 2020

    I define my own limitations.

    I just exist, forgetting to live.

    So true and so important to rekindle that friendship and relation, to light that spark again! Beautiful composition Radhika.

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 22, 2020

      I agree Pragalbha. Caught in the rigmarole of life, we often lose that spark and zest to living. Glad you picked those lines. I felt I need to work on changing that in my life. Appreciate your kind words always. Many thanks dear!!

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      • Infinite Living
        December 22, 2020

        You have indeed created a very beautiful reminder for all of us, you are very welcome.

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  19. Deb
    December 22, 2020

    Very well composed poem Radhika, stirring and absolutely relatable. Responsibilities would force new behaviours, but loosing the inner child is sad. There are still enough private moments in life to enjoy the unbounded joys of childhood without loosing out on anything on life, I think.

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 22, 2020

      You are bang on Deb. We need to find those moments of reconnect to deal with the stress and the mundane. It definitely adds an interesting and happy flavour to life. Good to see you after long. Hope you are doing well. Have a lovely day!

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      • Deb
        December 22, 2020

        Going on Radhika, things are being very busy at work front. Remembering that poem on deadlines you once wrote 🙂

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      • radhikasreflection
        December 23, 2020

        Office commitments and deadlines are never easy. I am humbled that you remembered my poem on the same. Hope you have a more relaxed work schedule in the coming week. Best wishes!!

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  20. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
    December 22, 2020

    Lovely poem and an excellent reminder. ❤ Maybe I can recapture the joy if I can remember to wade in a puddle, blow bubbles, or exchange some knock-Knock jokes with my children! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Happy New Year, Radhika!

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  21. radhikasreflection
    December 22, 2020

    Yes, that would be revisiting the simple joys of childhood. I am sure it be like a breath of fresh air filling us up with delight. Thanks Cheryl. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family ❤ !

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  22. Moushmi Radhanpara
    December 22, 2020

    Definitely a long lost friend, a lot of catching up to do. But as you said it is never too late. May be the new year will bring better and many opportunities to revisit the simplisictic joys of our childhood.

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 22, 2020

      Amen to that. Hope we find time to revel in simple joys of life in the coming year. Thanks so much Moushmi. Hope you have a great 2021!

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  23. Narendra Nayak
    December 22, 2020

    Beautifully expressed, R! We are so uptight now…really need to catch up and unwind with the self!

    Liked by 4 people

  24. -Eugenia
    December 22, 2020

    I can relate to this, Radhika! Great take on the prompt.

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  25. Flashing Thought
    December 22, 2020

    “child like innocence” is pure joy, destined for sacrifice in the altar of societal demands and desires….. for attainment and recognition.

    Yet,the innocence not lost, It manifests,in the autumn of life,matured with wisdom and awareness.

    Radhika , your writings soar in the blue skies like an eagle in flight..

    Liked by 4 people

    • radhikasreflection
      December 23, 2020

      Thank you so much for your beautiful words. I only wish one could let that child be alive within, while carrying on with familial and societal duties rather than bury it.
      Have a lovely day ❤️

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  26. judeitakali
    December 23, 2020

    I have Very strong thoughts and views of what society says growing should be. I think becoming independent is the only line. The rest should be a choice.

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  27. vishalbheeroo
    December 23, 2020

    How poetry comes so easily with you? Seamless, effortless and touching the peak, you never cease surprising me Radhika. I am in love with how to strum the strings of words making poetry enthralling musical notes.

    Liked by 3 people

    • radhikasreflection
      December 23, 2020

      Thanks a ton Vishal for that lovely poetic compliment. I am basking the adulation you showered on me. Much humbled my friend 🙏😇

      Liked by 1 person

  28. rosidabegum
    December 23, 2020

    Such a beautiful reminder of childhood, where we roamed fearlessly, no worries, no fatigue. I miss those untroubled days. Awesome 👏 love your thoughts🧡❤

    Liked by 1 person

  29. paeansunplugged
    December 24, 2020

    Such a delightful reminder! Love this, Radhika. ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  30. ramblingswithusha
    December 24, 2020

    Those innocent carefree days. Radhika, you have penned this poem beautifully. We want to be 18 till we die and why not, if it’s so much fun.

    Liked by 3 people

  31. Shristy Singh
    December 24, 2020

    Nice

    Liked by 3 people

  32. DEBASIS NAYAK
    December 26, 2020

    Beautiful poetry…
    Great composition!🙏

    Liked by 2 people

  33. DEBASIS NAYAK
    December 26, 2020

    Reblogged this on B +Ve !!.

    Liked by 2 people

  34. Benjamin Grossman
    December 26, 2020

    Wonderful! Always good to keep a little childhood wonder and excitement within us.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. Jonathan Caswell
    December 27, 2020

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    MANY AGE-SENSITIVE YOWZAS!

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  36. Pallavi
    December 27, 2020

    How I love this poem! Struck me deep within. That effervescent self lost in the moulds of societal expectations.. for so many of us it’s so true!

    Liked by 2 people

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  38. parneetsachdev
    December 28, 2020

    What an amazing poem. I loved your allegory of the bohemian soul. Excellent as always

    Liked by 2 people

  39. Avishi😊
    January 1, 2021

    A very beautiful poem Radhika😊 And a very happy new year❣

    Liked by 2 people

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