Asked, was I, by a woman divine
If I got a bag of riches, would that solely be mine?
Leaving me to retrospect where I’d like
To see myself ten years later in life’s hike.
I had no answer to give her right then,
But that became a question that haunted me when
I resigned to bed every night
Not knowing how I’d face life’s plight.
Above all, what I feared the most
Was meeting that selfish past – my ghost
That’d ask me to keep the gold for myself
To delve in a luxury that many can’t afford themselves.
But a deeper voice spoke into my mind,
Guiding me towards the direction where I’d find
The antidote to shun my fearful compulsion,
That’d make me embrace my faithful emotion.
I met her at a coffee shop later that week,
Letting her read my mind to get the answer she seeks –
If I earn enough riches out of the blue moon,
I’d open up a homely school by the peaceful lagoon.
With a glint of recognition in her eyes,
She asked where the reason behind my decision lies.
Evoking my emotions from deep within my heart,
I said I’d help my students discover the beauty of art –
An art that’d help them know who they really are,
An art that’d guide them to their goal no matter how far,
An art that’d make them think and transform thoughts into actions,
An art that’d give them the power of introspection.
Mastering the art they’d become fearless
At choosing the right over the wrong nevertheless.
And, surely, the world would become a better place
Where people will, once again, the lost love, embrace…
With a twinkle of tear in her eyes profound,
She smiled at my selfless voice echoing all around,
Saying that I’d finally master the art divine,
And, now, I was ready to make the riches mine…
Shreya Dutta is the Founder & Creative Head of StarWords India and the author of “Dance in the Rain”. She is an engineer by qualification and a writer by passion. Years ago, when little girls were jotting down their bucket list, Shreya was lost in her dreamland in which she was immortal. Dutta had started off writing at an early age because she believed that writing not only helped her to voice her opinion but also led her closer to immortality. With every write-up that gets published, Shreya believes that she gets embedded in the pages of history to inspire the youngsters who dream likewise. Writing is not just her passion; it is her way of taking the road less travelled.