Sitting on that rock near the ocean he
Gazes on the pink, orange, yellow radiance of the sun
The crashing waves pounding on that huge black rock
Make a howling sound
Then waves quietly retreat to the ocean.
Sounds and silence are nature’s game
Just as Life with pain and laughter.
Eyes closed oblivious to paradox of LIFE and Nature
He contemplates for what seems like eternity.
A long silence, the eerie quietness
Among the crashing waves and a soft breeze
He lifts his face, opens his eyes;
Lost in the dreams finally he is awake
Softly mutters: “I’m content!
I am alive at this moment
My destiny was to be with YOU!”
Looks at me with questions in his mind.
You! Searching for eternal meaning of LIFE
“Maybe it’s absurd, empty and illogical.”
Then he pauses!
Takes a DEEP BREATH
EXHALES and INHALES for seconds
One more quick look on the crashing waves, roving clouds, the birds drifting
and flowing in the sky.
A quick glance on the pines atop the mountain
He stares at me and mutters:
You PONDER on meaning I know:
Your plot in the book
You know; “Each person is a book
Each sunrise and sunset another book.
You ask for meaning?
Try giving a meaning or TWO
Your WALK, the ROAD you take
In the journey you take!
Life is: WHAT it is!
Your Disappointments, Your Failures
Exhausted and tired you are!
You FALL on this Earth
The unmet NEEDS, WANTS and WISHES
They chase HAUNT and stifle YOU!
In the blowing WIND, the ROVING clouds, the GALLOPING Whales
In ALL this chaos, consternation and the burning flames and the roaring THUNDERS
In Yin and Yang
YOU! FIND something to do!
On a HOT day: Sip something: cold water, nectar of a fruit, chilled WHITE wine or some cold beer!
OK! Now is My TIME and my Talk and MY SHOW!
And I say:
As I sip and savour the nectar of LIFE
As I walk, RUN, HIDE and SEEK
As I get Weary, Tired with a murmuring heart
As I feel LIFE is running OUT
Sick, tired and exhausted and breathless I am!
I talk to myself and I say:
I did the best I could
I walked, I ran, I fell and I failed as you know!
Yet, when I depart; I’ll say:
Every smile was a flower that bloomed
In every sunrise I saw: the dancing clouds, the waving trees, the roaring waves, the chirping birds
I saw LIFE oozing, sparkling and vibrating waves of ENERGY
The WAVES or the PARTICLES?
Does it even matter?
My FRIEND, it’s my time NOW!
Every story is a milestone!
Every road was a journey I took
Every smile was brighter than that fiery RED ROSE
Every sip of water, coffee, chilled wine and beer
It was a trip to heaven I always aspired.
Yes! MY Friend
I can say: I lived and I loved!
I CHERISHED the MOMENT
I DREAMT of my TIME in HEAVEN
NOW I can say:
What else is there?
But the dancing flowers, flying birds, the floating eagles and the swimming ducks?
As I cherish the MOMENTS I say
What else is really there?
But the blissful moments of LIFE.
The smiles that take me to heaven!
If you’re STILL asking me for meaning of LIFE!
Look for that smile
Refreshing cool aroma, YOU inhale!
If you’re STILL LOOKING for a Road
On this JOURNEY of LIFE:
To LIVE and LOVE at this MOMENT
Is the MEANING of LIFE!
(Arun Sharma is a writer with seven published books.)