Ishaisms, Poetry

Odyssey of Life

I knew when I embarked on this quest,

knew there’d be no pause, no rest;

knew I’d have to pass all the tests –

failure isn’t an option in this Odyssey of life…

I knew when it had begun raining sorrow,

my parched spirituality, by the day would grow,

and though I’d be too weary for a new tomorrow,

I’d have to give my all in this Odyssey of life…

Then came the drought with its heat of quarrels –

the lone respite in gleaned poetry and mused morals;

yet none could see beyond the mask – these struggles –

in this tedious Odyssey of life…

And then the winter winds blew all dry,

refusing to carry neither prayers, nor cries,

watching me fall and stagger up and try,

whispering – “That’s how you face the Odyssey of life!”

But now the East glimmers with a ray of hope –

out of these caverns I see potential, I see scope;

and come what may now I know I can cope,

for I have learned lessons in this Odyssey of life…

ยฉ Isha Garg

Doodle by Isha Garg

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82 thoughts on “Odyssey of Life”

  1. The odyssey of life presented with such poetic flair that it makes the reader raring to go on the journey, I love the positive tone of this poem.
    Doodles are getting more elaborate and detailed, resonate so well with the verse.

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    1. Oh my! I’m blushing with this inundation of such wondrous compliments!
      Firstly, thank you for taking time out to read my poem and shower it with your insight and adulation, Patty! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ™
      Secondly, to be called pretty by one herself, is so flattering, so thanks for that too ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ™Œ
      Thirdly, thank you for giving my humble art a star of appreciation with your remark! ๐ŸŒŒ
      And lastly, for that joyous closing expression, a big hug!
      โคโคโค

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      1. Awwwww…. Now , Iโ€™m blushing, too!!!!

        Right back at ya with all of the above.
        Sent from me with appreciation and love.

        Hope you have a Magical Day!
        ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’œ

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  2. You have the power to start weaving a few words here and then turn them into something so intricate and beautiful. I await your posts now! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Hehe, I’m too crude of an artist to raise my sights to “drawings” hence it’s always safer to call them doodles.. But I take your wonderful comment with elation and send you a big hug! โคโคโคโค

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      2. Big hug to you beautiful! May your day be scintillating with the effervescent joy you truly deserve. ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒท

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      3. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’“ Hooray my magnificent friend! The stones scatter easily when the light catches your heart… a gem glistening, freeing itself from the moss ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

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  3. Look at the depth of your doodle this time as itโ€™s almost three dimensional on my screen! Imagine, being able to provide visuals to accentuate your already rich sentiments. When a reader visits Ishaisms they have the pleasure of words and art: a double whammy of delicious colour and candour.
    And in this write, you are the very centre of a rose, exposed … adding layer upon layer. You are beautiful from the inside out, dear Isha. I feel your pain and your hope…. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. Look at the depth of your multi dimensional comment, my friend! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ Waking up to this… I couldn’t ask for more! ๐Ÿ˜ข I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your time and presence and value your encouraging and affectionate self, Lady D! You’re inspiring to me… And as for the doodles I never really gave them much thought, but once I noticed that people actually liked them (and weren’t just bring polite ๐Ÿ˜›) I started putting a little more effort in them! Hehe. Have a wonderful evening, O poet if the West! โคโคโคโคโค

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      1. Iโ€™m always touched by our interactions. My heart knows a soft heart, and my senses see beauty and feel much when you write. As wonderful an evening moment for me as the smiles you sport at the start of your day sweet Lady Isha (of a continent faraway) … but not so far! โค๏ธ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน

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      2. Not so far, indeed! How words and passion for poetry can draw ‘people’ to you! What a wonderful place WordPress is! I am privileged to be the provider of such profound impact on your heart and senses! โค๐Ÿ‘ญ You truly made my day. But then, you always do! ๐Ÿ’ญ Guess where I am now! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰ (โ˜)

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      3. Well, sweet one … have you checked in again to the Cloud Nine hotel? You should be getting a room discount by now. Order the Poetess Salad with the honey dressing…. for you are one ๐Ÿ’•

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      4. Hahaha, I’d rather levitate to the skies, prop myself up against the puffy whites, and wait for you to get the snacks this time, reflecting upon the ody-sea of life (wink) ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‰

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      5. Ah, my witty friend…I cannot be trusted with snacks! Perhaps the bell boy can bring them up while we both recline, and sip the heady wine …. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿท

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      6. Haha, the sound of mutual laughter is bellowing across the skies. But it seems you have had too much wine on an empty stomach … so I will finish the last drops hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—

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  4. It’s for only the ones who embark on a quest that the answers unveil. The first risk is the first step to a greater risk and the greater adventures answers great questions. And this poem is a voyage of life where I see myself sitting somewhere in the same yacht. Thanks for writing such a piece.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. “The first risk is the first step to a greater risk” – I get it! You write straight from the soul and its honesty is resounding! Thanks to you, Vikash, for writing with such genuineness ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ‘

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  5. Love the doodle! It goes perfectly with the beautiful writing. On a less serious note, it reminds me of that scene in the Incredibles where Elastigirl transforms herself into a boat…I can’t wait for the Incredibles 2 to come out!

    Anyway, this deviates from my original intention of commenting on the unmistakeable beauty of your writing. Have you ever sent your work to newspapers? They’d all be fighting for it!

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