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Leaving the Cage

Updated on February 19, 2020
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Harish Mamgain is fond of the craft of writing. He loves poetry.


Leaving the Cage

Color, verses and eyes excited my veins,

One day thought of drawing my dream ,

Eager to create that would lift the spirit,

Deity I painted on the wall of a temple.

In a trance the priest looked, left rituals,

My mind smiled, each breath blushed,

Amazed at my feat, with bliss in my eyes,

As if a king had conquered some world !

Wanted to spread wings as eagles in sky,

Dreamed of rainbow that dazzled the earth,

The world was in awe and stared me a lot,

Colors cheered , and words so fondled me.

Loved to gaze each smile, relish all laughs,

Like a treasure, owned the verses in mind,

Colors were my breath, my life was words,

That was my path and that was destination.

Every moment I thought of poems and paint,

That was my dream and that was only vision,

A day came in life and smashed the glass,

The harsh words hit hard, killed the passion.

My dad thought I strayed in a wild of words,

A maniac color turned me, painted me dark,

Aspired to spot me an engineer or a doctor,

Who're held in esteem, handsome they earn.

The knowledge of words and color is low,

To tarry there long sure a disaster in life,

Caused me throng the corridors of health,

So glad when doctor,called people his son.

A man got summit he loved for his son,

A man lost the nest he so yearned for,

A man proud to roam among his friends,

A man deprived to wander in his dreams!

I carry with me two guys in one existence !

One sits in a clinic, scribbles procedures,

And the other longs to come out the shell,

How long will I be able to stop the real me !

To wriggle out hard and show splendor,

How an insect sheds off its wilted frame !

I too want to break free leaving the cage !

And live my life again that I forgot to live !

© Harish Mamgain



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    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Kevin, I'm glad you liked this poem. Thanks for your constant support to me.

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      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      Your poem is really meaningful in life Harish. I thought that it was very interesting as I read it. I voted up, shared and pinned it.


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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Jamie, I'm really very grateful to you for such a detailed and apt commentary on this hub. This has added so much worth to my scribbling this poem. I admire you that despite your scientific engagements, you are able to create such wonderful poetry ! Your passion is beautifully reflected in all your poems. I'm glad that you found this poem near to your heart. Thanks for appreciating the poem and for offering such nice and elaborate comments.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      Dear Harishprasad, this poem really moved me. I chose a path in Science and soon will be moving over to Education. I have a passion for poetry that I have had my whole life, but I treat it like a secret disease. Granted I share with this community and do readings about town, but for some reason all the people in my life that shunned poetry or told me that no one cared about poetry effected me and I have this odd block about letting this passion roam free. I am envious of the artists that are brave enough to take the leap into their passions and live the life that their passions offer them. But I am not that brave and simply share what I write with close friends. Jamie

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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      So true, dear brother. The verse you cited is really vital. Sri Krishna even goes to the extent of exhorting us to better die in doing our own dharma( inherent dominant trait of the personality) than to copy others.

      I'm so glad you linked this poem to that great verse. Thanks for appreciating the poem and for presenting such insightful comments. All peace and happiness to you and all.

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      6 years ago from london

      Then do, Bro. Sri Krishna says that each to his Dharma. Doing the duty of another will not give you joy.

      Excellent poem. We are all artists, and Brahman is the supreme Artist. Om Shanti!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Thanks Ruby for stopping by and commenting so beautifully. At times, I too think how much remains hidden in our very subtle and fantastic mind ! How a wonderful sanctuary is every one's mind ! Thanks for appreciating this hub.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is deep and full of yearning. We all have unanswered dreams at times. This is a beautiful piece!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Smilealot, I'm glad that you liked this poem. A casual conversation inspired me to write these verses. Thanks for appreciating the poem and for your generous and kind comments.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Artistic blocking out the responsible side ! It is really hard to have a right kind of equilibrium. Most of the guys tend to devote a lot of time in doing what they love with all their heart and ignore the rest. But most important thing in the world is to keep one's better half in good spirit. :-)

      Eric, thanks for your visit to this hub and presenting such nice comments.

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      6 years ago

      You certainly allowed yourself out of the shell to write this wonderfully colourful and expressive piece...well written my friend:-))

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A delightful poem about a constant struggle within. I seem to have more of a struggle with keeping the balance from my "artistic" blocking out my "responsible" side. My poor wife ;-)

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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      True words ! Annart. So kind of you to present such an elaborate commentary on this hub. You are right a guy can always explore his passion along with his other professional responsibilities.

      There may be innumerable such persons who get trapped under the exigencies and other pursuits and seldom spare moments to indulge in their favorite hobbies. This hub is addressed to them.

      Thanks for appreciating the poem and putting up such insightful words.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      Lovely poem, searching for the lost freedom of expression because of worldly tasks. No one should stop writing poetry or stop that inner urge to be creative. Like a doctor nurtures his patients, art (albeit painting, writing or whatever) nurtures the soul, cures the heart and feeds the brain. It's possible to do both.

      Lovely words to read on a Sunday morning!


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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      To pursue what one loves is like a blessing. One of my relatives, a doctor, spilled something about him that I cast in my imagination. Devika, I'm glad you liked this hub. Thanks for appreciating it and presenting such nice comments.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Harish Prasad, I enjoyed reading the beautiful poem. Life is beautiful in nature. A time for everything. A wonderful insight to life. Thank you. Voted up!


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