Reading has been integral part of my life since childhood. Right from the school books that we got in the beginning of the year to any book/magazine under the sun, I read through everything. As a child, it was reading books that gave me joy rather than sitting and watching cartoons. I used to draw, paint, sing and play a lot of outdoor-indoor games, but the joy of reading a book was totally unmatched.
Reading books transported me to an imaginative world, where every endings were perfect, each character so different, each world different from each other sharing its own morals and learnings. Reading gave me that wing to fly to a distant land and showered me with the abundant knowledge that each book contained. With a reader, an amateur writer was also born in me.
I love writing short stories, poems or tiny tales that are secretly penned in my diary. Below is the poem that talks about ‘The Birthday Gift’ that opened me to a whole new world. The words in the poem may not be perfect, but I hope the emotions through these words reach straight to your hearts. So here it goes…..
The day had just dawned and the breeze flew just right,
I woke up to hear the world wish me ‘Happy Birthday!’
With the gift boxes in sight, the decorations upright,
I knew that my day would be special,
With Amma’s payasam, cake and lavish lunch by side,
It was a four year old’s perfect delight!
The clock ticked and the sky changed colors,
Family and friends arrived with their spirits high.
As the gifts piled on,
It made me fly to cloud nine,
The cake was cut and delicacies shared,
With some music and dance,
As the moon lit sky brought a blanket of stars,
People bade their good-byes and made their paths!
I waited eagerly to open my presents,
For I needed to count the number of dolls.
Maybe, I got a pretty dress too,
Or some colors to draw the pictures in the zoo.
Little did I know that my life would be changed
For there stood a box wrapped in blue and red.
The unwrapping began and the joy in my heart multiplied,
The blue-red box made its way to me,
As I opened, the thick maroon bind showed itself,
The feel was good as I held it in my hands,
The fragrance as fresh as the tree bark,
Wafted in the air mesmerizing me.
As I flipped the pages the world turned new;
Taking me to the lands that I never knew!
As I sat on my bed reading the book
I passed every universe
Where lived fancy dragons,
The pretzels so sweet,
And chocolate rivers that made my heart skip a beat
Now, nothing seemed to bother much,
For a reader in me was born,
Ready to devour every book,
That ever came to me out of every nook!
Hope you all enjoyed reading this poem and I would be glad if you can show your appreciation/criticism by commenting in the box below. Also, feel free to share it in your social media by tagging me @themummastartup across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Also, do check out this short story about ‘a girl who has lived in the foster house for too long and has no full name‘. Do give read and feel free to share your thoughts!