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Threshold of dreams
by Vijaya Gowrisankar

The blue Maravanthe Beach on one side
and beautiful Souparnika River on the other
We stopped on National Highway 66 and
I made my way down to see the scene
I stood looking at the boat moored
near the steps leading to the river

The shackles of comfort are the price for dreams

The river’s course disappeared
beyond my vision as I saw it bejeweled
with the tall coconut trees, leaning
to reflect their shadows in blue waters
Somewhere, beyond, the borders of distant
hills beckoned one to take risks with
a promise of adventure. I stood, taking
in nature’s beauty…and pondering over life

The shackles of comfort are the price for dreams

Like the boat, I had decisions to make
The comfort of excuses and fears had allowed
many a dream to go unexplored. The road to
dreams, though exciting, was also laden with
uncertainties like the river’s course and tides
Some journeys and decisions are mine to make…alone

The shackles of comfort are the price of dreams

PHOTO: Maravanthe Beach (left) and Souparnika River (right), Kundapura, Karnataka, India, by Amith Nag Photography, used by permission. Boulders have been placed on the beach to create a breakwater that protects the coast from the force of waves and prevents erosion of the shoreline.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Maravanthe Beach is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea in southwestern India. National Highway 66 runs next to the beach and the Souparnika River flows on the other side of the road, creating spectacular scenery that is considered one of its kind in India.

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NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Time spent amidst nature allows me to reflect on life, my fears, and decisions. Nature inspires me to embrace my unique self. It calms me and often, changes my perspective of life. When I travelled to Udipi via this highway, I was on threshold in life to make decisions. This time helped me in getting a better sense of direction. I wrote this poem using the bop form.

PHOTO: A boat on the Souparnika River near Kundapura, Karnataka, India. (Photo by Vijaya Gowrisankar)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Vijaya Gowrisankar is the author of the poetry collections InspireReflectExploreSavour–Art and Poetry meetEvolve, Shine, and Unlikely FriendshipsCherish is her eighth publication, a collection that captures a spectrum of moments using a variety of poetry forms, quotes, and conversations. Her blog Grow Together shares insights from the greatest influencers and focuses on personal growth. She has been published in over 40 anthologies, has been awarded the AZsacra International Poetry Award (December 2015), and was one of the winners of Inspire by Gandhi competition, organized by Sampad, a UK organization. Visit her blogFacebook page, and Amazon Author page, and find her on Twitter.

PHOTO: The author during her travels.