Bend, Don't Break


It is impossible
To do it all
If you bear all the weight
You're bound to fall

Take a deep breath
Relax for a while
Once in a while it is okay
To ignore the task pile

There is only so much
That one can take
Push yourself more
And you'll feel the ache

There always will be
Something to be done
In the bargain
You don't come undone

Give yourself time
To soothe, heal and just be
This will help clear the chaos
Then, clearly you will see

Try and try as much as you can
In the process, learn and unlearn
But never light your candle at both ends
You will only melt and burn

Take care of yourself
It is okay to not be okay
Program yourself to not succumb
To what everyone has to say

You come first, always
Soothe the very first hiccup
Remember this one thing
You cannot pour from an empty cup

You need to be safe and fine
No matter what's at stake
It is okay to be flexible
Just bend, don't break

20 comments:

  1. WOW! I so loved this poem, Soumya!
    SO true....the perfect message for every one of us!
    It's okay to not be okay...

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  2. Loved it! Was feeling stressed out with a lot of tension retained in the shoulders and neck. Scheduled a massage today and feeling so much lighter now. One must really look after oneself

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    1. I need to get some really good massages after I'm done with this. Thank you, Rachna.

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  3. One beautiful post this is, Soumya. I agree with each and every word you have written. I don't care about to-do lists anymore. Well, I do. But I am not so crazy about it anymore. I try as best as I can to do things, be it blogging, work or daily chores. Keeping well both mentally and physically is more important. I loved this one. I do :)

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  4. Its all about taking care of oneself first right Soumya. For often we fail to pay heed to who we are and whats our level to take it all, all in our wuest to keep everyone and everything around us perfect.

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    1. Yes Ramya. With time, I'm learning to put myself first when it comes to work.

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  5. Related to every word of this, like you were speaking to me, Soumya.
    One of your bests, undoubtedly!

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  6. Beautiful poem Soumya! Self-care is important and if you don't look after yourself, no one will. Sending you lots of love!

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    1. Thank you, Sanch! Also, thank you for reaching out. Friends like you make me feel less stressed these days.

      Love!

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  7. Agree with every single line. Beautifully written Soumya.

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  8. Liked every line of this poem. Very sensible.

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  9. Yes yes and yes!! This poem rocks Soumya and thats because it comes straight down from the heart - a heart thats been through all of this and more. Hugs my dear girl!!!

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  10. Oh Soumya, this poem spoke to me, really. I could relate to every word in it. I was having such a tough time lately, neglecting myself and giving my best to take care of everything else, these words you wrote seemed to be about me. But yes, I realize it's the same with every woman. My favorite lines are:

    Try and try as much as you can
    In the process, learn and unlearn
    But never light your candle at both ends
    You will only melt and burn

    Lovely to read your poem after a while. Keep writing poems. :)

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    1. Hi Vinitha, I hope you are feeling better now.

      Thank you so much! Yes, I've planned to write more poetry in 2019 :)

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