THE OPEN PALM
During the vacation of my 1st standard, we visited a resort named Rann Riders in the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Our stay was in a wooden cottage with greenery all around. I woke up to find a beautiful butterfly fluttering across my room. I really enjoyed that moment and wanted to catch it as it made me happy. But it flew away and I had tears in my eyes. Seeing me like this my dad said,” Pranjali, good moments are supposed to be observed and enjoyed while you have them, but you can not keep them forever”. He told me an experience which inspired the Stoem below: –
I was sitting on the bench in my favourite place to be,
With nature all around I felt enlightened and free.
That’s when a butterfly came and sat on my palm,
It wasn’t afraid, it was peaceful and calm.
I melted in its colours, I saw perfect symmetry,
Something in me lightened up and filled me with glee.
But as quickly as it had come, it just flew away,
Which made me quite upset, I had so much more to say.
The next day I went to that same place again,
and came the butterfly as if to explain.
My mind full of greed, made me close my hand,
when I opened it, no longer it could stand.
I realized, good moments, like that butterfly, come and go,
You can’t keep them forever, you can’t break the flow.
But always remember when you are letting go of one,
There are many more good moments waiting to come.