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Said shallow to deep, ‘How can you be generous when you have so little?’ Said deep to shallow, ‘I have enough. I am quite content.’

‘How can you be carefree when life is terrifying in its uncertainties?’

‘I go with the ebb and flow. I learn from experience.’

‘How can you be a smiling fool, when crushed by adversity?’ Replied deep to shallow, ‘You can live to be a thousand Yet, never experience anything the way I feel.

‘When I breathe, I feel the air You don’t even realize that you breathe.

‘You can never feel the wind’s caress or the sun’s warmth, You are numb to all the beauty around you.

‘You live to fit the idea of others While I mould myself from living every day.

‘Thus, I embrace flaws and contradictions While you despair, at a tiny blemish in your perfect world.

‘I try to resolve, not to blame,

‘This is why,

I can smile in the face of adversity

While you are broken, just by the thought.’

Lekha Murali grew up in India, before moving to USA, where she currently resides. Her inspiration is drawn from the ebb and flow of life. The effort to understand the intricacies of human nature and the socio-cultural environment are the influences in her writings.

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