If I embraced my roots
by Vijaya Gowrisankar

If I embraced my dreams,
stepped out of my routine
and explored my deepest
fears to travel alone

Where would I go?
What would I find?

The rolling hills that jerk
the bus, the vast open sky
with fresh air, the small
houses and simple life

No fast food joint in sight
No need to look and behave my best

On a farm, in a small village — akin
to the life my great-grandparents lived
To rise in tandem with the sun
and adapt to nature’s moods

Would I find my inner strength?
Would I break the shackles of stress?

I know the struggles they overcame,
I admire their resilience and self-belief
If I could live a page of their life,
I would find joy and peace in small things

IMAGE: “Map of India” by Sharon Cummings. Prints available at

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I have admired the tenacity my great grandparents had and the struggles they overcame. The stories I have heard from my grandparents and parents show how strong they were and the joy they took in small things in life. They had a positive outlook on life.


Vijaya Gowrisankar released her second book of poems Reflect in December 2015. Her first book, Inspire, published in December 2014, reached bestseller status. She was announced as one of the winners of Inspire by Gandhi competition, organized by Sampad, a UK organization. She has been announced as the Winner of AZsacra International Poetry Award (Dec. 2015). Her submissions have been published in Forwardian, Triadae Magazine, iWrite India, Taj Mahal Review, along with Silver Birch Press. She has participated in the Poetry Marathon 2016 and completed the same (24 poems in 24 hours, one poem per hour). She has reviewed and edited poetry and fiction books.