By Pragya Bajpai
PROMPT — If only ...
If only I knew, the mind is a tool to exercise forgetfulness too, when memory did more harm than good
If only I knew, holding grudges like hot coal can burn you, if not dropped soon
If only I knew, forgiveness is akin to virtues of sandalwood
If only I knew, sins alone don't define me and you; people are made of both fire and water in different ratios
If only I knew, instinct has a language, I would've been all ears at every stage. Mishaps could've been saved
If only I knew, my body is a home; it's always my choice to leave or carry toxicity inside. The layers of unwanted words, experience, judgements become a face of self-pampered personal demons. That face often navigates our life at its whims
If only I knew, sooner or later, everything ends and every end is the beginning of something
I would've done it all differently
And would've become someone different
Or may be perfect
But not 'me'! If only!
Pragya Bajpai, Ph.D. is a mother, academic, artist, and poet. She has authored two poetry collections and has edited four anthologies celebrating the armed forces. Pragya is published worldwide in various anthologies and reputed literary magazines. She writes from Pune, Maharashtra, India.