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


99 thoughts on “Where did I lose her?”

  1. 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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    1. 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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    1. 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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  5. “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..

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  6. 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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