Two Poems

By Bhavna Khemlani

Emotional Cupboard

Everlasting lifestyle
Don’t know what to do in 2020
Do this!
Snake-oil merchants selling the wonders of the future
have not been much in evidence of late.
Having no time is
an excuse – dissolved time
every untouched inner area
you may find treasures or beetles that
need to cleared, revived, or it will stay buried
burying you – your emotions in every utensil
glassware, coffee cups, artsy plates – colorful glares
go there – don’t go there – vague economy fate
lies in your hands, your will power – free will
to balance, to crawl back inside the creative treasures
that swallowed consumerism needs to rejuvenate
the new lifestyle
Emotional gloom Cupboard

To do list

do list
Beauty mark you have
Cupid launched in the middle of protest
So much to do as we give ourselves more chores
Tasks, challenges, want to go to space, need a bot for house chores
Phew, Phew, Phew, sugar coated words will hypnotize you, take you astray
Time to plant more trees, plant more trees, plant more trees – trees – trees
To do list should be of purpose, poetry, stories, wild life lived, spread joy
Practice gratitude, share your story, participate in receiving love that
wants to be part of your life, now, now, now, now, now, now, now
for all who knows what may happen coz society is hypnotized by
politics, norms, fabrication, illusion, materialism, plastics,
fake smiles, short encounters, but the big BUT is that
we can change because the power is within stronger
empowering life, that we can clear inner emotional
wardrobe that maybe filled with cobwebs that
no longer serve us and fill it with gratitude
compassion, empathy, poetry, art, story,
write a new script, reprogram, make a
new do list, but first plant more trees
more trees needed so we can breathe
breathe breathe breathe breathe
read a book, see the flowers
bloom, live consciously
this life before you
turn into a fossil
please change
to do

Bhavna Khemlani’s empowering journey navigates being an Educator, Poet, Author, Corporate Trainer, Academic & Creative Writing Coach, Researcher, Reiki Master Teacher, Existential Well-being Counseling & Mindfulness Practitioner.  Co-Leader of Bangkok Women Writers Group – BWWG. Co-founder of 360 Degrees Mind.Body.Spirit workshops. Novels: The Wagging Tale of Bliss-Reconnecting, The Classroom – Ashley & her Mystical Tale, and more. Anthology ‘Gratitude, Good News, & Guidelines’ 33 nonfiction stories from writers across the globe. Her Non-Fiction short story, ‘Love Shack’ was translated to Khmer Language.

When 2020 welcomed us to a new year, the journey designed for the world was far from what we comprehended, yet, we have come this far and expressing life’s experiences through storytelling and poetry.

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