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How Do I Celebrate?

Monika Kacker | May 13, 2021
How Do I Celebrate?

It’s my birthday and I turn 53 today.

But how do I celebrate in this disarray?

 

When the sky is black with the soot of dead,

When, for the sick in hospitals, we have no bed.

 

When my countrymen are gasping for air,

When today someone I know is on a pyre.

 

When we are short of space for cremation,

From where do I seek my inspiration?

 

Where do we keep the ashes?

When the people I know are dying in batches.

 

Can I spend a day without my mask?

“Can we hug you just once,” my Covid recovering parents ask?

 

All I can do is kneel down in prayer,

And hope to get over with this nightmare.

 

Today I am in gratitude of every breath I take,

For every grain on my plate.

 

In the evening, for my family I will cut a cake,

But it will be with a fake smile and a burning heart ache.

 

Yes, today is my birthday, let me celebrate.

 


Monika Kacker

Monika is an educationist, a pan India teacher trainer, facilitator and storyteller. She has been trained in storytelling by Geeta Ramanujan of “Kathalaya” the International Academy of Storytelling, Bangalore (affiliated to Tennessee USA, Edinburgh and Sweden).

 

A true believer in life-long learning, Monika continues to keep adding to her list of qualifications. She is also invested in many outreach programs and has been actively working with children cancer warriors, children with special needs and underprivileged sections of the society.

 

Monika feels that learning happens every moment. We should only be ready to receive, and be open to it. A literature and travel enthusiast, she travels extensively and maintains a collection of books from all genres. A freelance trainer, she is an army wife and loves being a budding writer.

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Jyoti Datta
Jyoti Datta
2 years ago

Straight from the heart….all the things we all feel…and you have put it on paper….hope the coming year will give all of us reasons to celebrate from heart….

Saloni Puri
Saloni Puri
2 years ago

Such a beautiful write up straight from the heart ❤️
It’s so sad in the given times however the writer has expressed it so well.
Simply heart warming and a human touch around so much pain. We need more of this. Thank you.
A good read

Monika kacker
Monika kacker
Reply to  Saloni Puri
2 years ago

Thanks Sal for your contact encouragement

Sarojinisharma
Sarojinisharma
2 years ago

Proud of you dear Monika keep it up

Monika kacker
Monika kacker
Reply to  Sarojinisharma
2 years ago

Sarojini,thanks

Vijay Rekha
Vijay Rekha
2 years ago

Beautifully expressed.

Monika kacker
Monika kacker
Reply to  Vijay Rekha
2 years ago

Thanks Rekha

Veena Naravane
Veena Naravane
2 years ago

Very well written. Every word rings true !

Monika kacker
Monika kacker
Reply to  Veena Naravane
2 years ago

Thank you so much Mrs Naravane

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