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It Is Time

By Pooja Elangba


You were young and you wanted

all of it, all at once;

So when you stumbled, you thought 

it was the end of the world, at twenty two

you wrote yourself off as a failure

 and spent months wallowing in self-pity,

Your foolish heart had thought it was enough

just to be able to dream it up out of thin air,

you thought life would just knock

at your door and introduce itself,

now you know better,

now you know the life you want

takes time, it doesn't call you back

in the first instance, it makes you  wait,

it makes you despair, it breaks your

swollen heart a few times, it makes

promises it can't keep, it wears you down.

But imagine this- you wake up

one early winter morning, life

brings you newspaper and a cup

of chai, life gives you a long long kiss

and tells you it is time.

This poem won in Instagram Weekly Contest held by @delhipoetryslam on the theme 'An Experience That Changed My Life'

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