what mark?

what mark will you leave on the world?

what mark will you leave on the world?
will it be love or beauty?
or will it be simplicity,
devotion to one’s duty?

will you give all in fighting or
give all to entertain?
will your life be about you or
some type of greater gain?

do you want to be heard by many?
or work on unseen?
advance us all in knowledge, or
perhaps you’ll intervene

to help the poor and suffering,
or light a child’s spark;
you have now the ability
so what will be
your mark?


She’s a brilliant writer.

I was contacted by someone
Who lives way off in Kerala;
Whose blog I had been reading and
Whose poetry engendered awe

In me off in America
Here somewhere in the hinterlands.
To make a friend is always good;
But talent makes it own demands

I felt obliged to tell her that.
Her writing, so vibrant, alive –
A voice so brilliant and unique
Should find a place to grow and thrive –

Which she is doing, thankfully.
Reshu, my friend, may you be well:
And may your life give you the chance
To tell the tales
You tell
So well