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Restlessness blew me away

Updated on November 8, 2011

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Exhibition at the Avignon Bridge.
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Part I

Restlessness blew me away

From the solidity

Of my family

Restlessness blew me away

To this place

Of magical charm

Restlessness blew me away

Like the wind

Blows away leaves

Part II

For a little while

I thought I was still

I thought I was at peace

I almost believed

Restlessness had abandoned me

It did not last.

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

Part III

We travelled the seven seas

Restlessness and I

We saw the far reaching continents

Restlessness and I

We saw the northern lights

Restlessness and I

We were inseparable

Part IV

As I become confident

Restlessness becomes weak

As I become mature

Restlessness becomes confused

As I find True Love

Restlessness becomes jealous

As I grow old and frail

Restlessness becomes scared

Part V

Finally Restlessness is gone forever.

Insight into the poem

Who can say they have never been restless?

Restlessness may not be such a bad thing as many things we have done in our lives are a result of this restlessness and it drives us to move on to something different. It is human nature to get bored with one thing and then try something else. Of course, the novelty does wear off eventually, unless we are deeply passionate about something.

The younger we are the more restless we are. Try to get a child to sit still for a moment!

The same restlessness makes us travel. We want to explore the world but if we were perfectly happy and not restless, we would not have this desire.

Many of us move jobs for the same reason. Our jobs are fine but there is something telling us that we would be better off elsewhere. That's our friend, restlessness again!

For me the battle against this restlessness has taken a long time and it is still going on. Yoga and meditation is a lot about finding your inner peace. That's a place where restlessness cannot penetrate. The poem explores the relationship we have with this restlessness, which is more an external character and the peace and calm within.

As we grow older and become more mature and have achieved and experimented with life, slowly this restlessness starts to diminish in our nature.

I find this quite a fascinating idea and hence decided to explore it in different parts of the same poem. I guess my creative restlessness is making me more experimental with poem form. This may not be a "technical" poem for those who are great poets, but I enjoy letting the imagination guide me.

When I started writing the poem I also felt that this "Restlessness" I was writing about was becoming more like a personality. A friend, who is good for you at times and terrible for you at other times. We get into all sorts of trouble together but eventually we leave this friend because we have quietened down and they still get into trouble.

Finally we reach the age of wisdom ( I won't define this as it varies greatly in different individuals) and we are in total control of ourselves so I imagine restless might leave us.

I am not there yet and my friend, Restlessness is still with me and planning to stay for a while.


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      Angel Ward 

      7 years ago from Galveston, TX

      I love this poem, it is so true....the spirit of restlessness, I've dealt with, emotions like that, even fear seem to have their own personalities... it is like a haunting figure that follows you around...

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      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Chaya, this might help you with inspiration:

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Thanks MsDora. I need to be inspired to write some more!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very beautiful and meaningful. Part III is so vivid, I can see it. Really good!

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      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're quite welcome!

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Thanks PDXKaraokeGuy! Your comments mean a lot to me!

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      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      wow. Interesting. I like how the poem was divided into five unique parts. well done. Bravo!

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Epigramman we meet again! As always it is a pleasure to read your comments. Isn't the whole world only about love? We are all on HP because we love writing and sharing!

      Thanks for your feedback and very interesting analysis of the poem.

      It sounds chilly in lake in Paris it is beautiful and sunny but a bit cold!

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      7 years ago

      ....well it's all about the love Chaya - love your fan mail and your nice letter within; love the way you put this soul searching poem into five parts and made it like a literary journey and of course I love how you took the time to explain and analyze your intentions and thoughts in an epilogue ....... artfully done my friend

      lake erie time ontario canada 5:49am just arrived home from night shift to a lake of very high waves and strong winds

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      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      kidikirous1 (I have problems saying your hub name!) Thanks!

      Teresa thanks for your support.

      Cresentmoon2007 thanks for voting up

      b.Malin thanks for sharing your idea about Restlessness. Thanks for comment and following as well.

      Moira. Thanks for the very nice comment and sharing your views on the matter.


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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Awesome poem Chaya! I love it because I can really identify with your thoughts and feelings about restlessness. I'm afflicted with it myself, and like you said, it is like a friend. Keep it up, you have a beautiful way of expressing yourself through poetry.

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Very poignant Poem, Chaya, I could relate...Restlessness, is Good to have Every now and then, because it can bring about Healthy changes.

      I look forward to Following your Hubs, and Thank You for Following mine as well.

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      7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Different but I really enjoyed it. It was a great read. Voted up.

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      Teresa Coppens 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful poem. Restlessness sometimes helps me get up and do what needs to be done but sometimes it overwhelms and the opposite is true. Keep writing, you have a gift many will want to share!

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      7 years ago

      Very nice poem, I totally agree:)

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Anupma, Thanks. Totally right it is like a riddle and cannot be solved!

      Caroline, Thanks for voting up.

      Happyboomernurse, very true that boredom and contentment are only subtly different.

      Thanks for the vote up!

      europewalker, of course one day you will settle down (but maybe not fully just like me!)

      Thanks for voting up.

      Claudia, thanks for your lovely comments.

      Vinaya, Thanks for your positive comments.

      Writer20. We meet again! I bet you thank "Restless" as I am sure you are very happy in the USA! Thanks for voting up.


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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Restless was how I was before I moved to the USA and settled down. Your poem is great. Voting you up and awesome.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Your point of view is enlightening. Though I do not practice many yoga postures, meditation is my routine. I loved your positive attitude.

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      Claudia Tello 

      7 years ago from Mexico

      Interesting ideas perfectly put into words. Good job!

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      7 years ago

      What a clever poem. "restlessness" seems to be my middle name. Very relatable, maybe one day I will settle down. Voted up.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      I enjoyed this poem about restlessness and agree that restlessness is positive in that it helps us get out and explore new things, seek new adventures. But it can also sometimes be harmful if we mistake times when we aren't restless for boredom when contentment would be more beneficial in maintaining the significant relationships in our lives.

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Caroline Marie 

      7 years ago

      This poem is voted up. Beautiful! :)

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 

      7 years ago from India

      Nice hub. Restlessness is the reason of many more problems in life. It is like a riddle that can not be content anywhere.

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      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Hi Brittany! That was fast! Thanks a lot for encouragement and voting up!

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      Brittany Kennedy 

      7 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Beautiful, relatable and true! Good luck in the contest. Voted up.


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