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Unfurled Parchments

“Should we say the self, once perceived, becomes the soul?” ~Theodore Roethke

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She was a pristine enigma
In a world of unfurled parchments
A jigsaw puzzle of a million pieces
some discovered, some missing

There were facets of herself
she was yet to fathom
There were mysteries and riddles
she was yet to answer

Far and wide she went
Seeking, deseperately, some lucidity
Praying for the fulfillment
she didn’t know she needed

Drained and exhausted
she ended the ardurous voyage
Only then did she realize,
her answers lay closer

She found them in her heart,
in the hearts of people she loved,
inscribed in the pages
of love letters of her youth

She found them hidden
between the pages of an old book,
in the embrace of her family
and the scent of her home.

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74 replies on “Unfurled Parchments”

Hey, it is always good to hear when someone enjoys your writing! Thank you for taking the time to read and for the lovely comment. I am so pleased that you thought so. Finding ourselves can be a difficult business but it’s important to remember that all of it lies within us. I hope you have a lovely day. 🌺

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Hi Ben. Yes they don’t sound like words that would go together well, but alas I put them together! It is always a pleasure to hear your thoughts! Thank you for taking the time to read and for the kind comment. Hope you have a wonderful day. 🌹

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Hi Era, I am pleased to hear that and happy that you had a good read. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I really appreciate your support. Hope you have a beautiful day. 🌺

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Hey HS, your comment made me smile. That is a delight! I am so happy that you could relate with it somewhere. We often spend so much time looking for ourselves outside and forget the gold that lies within. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Hope you have a fantastic day. 🌼

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Hey Prerna, I am so happy that the theme resonated with you. Those words mean so much especially when they come from someone who has a flair for writing! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I hope you have a great day. 🌹

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Hey Elizabeth, true words! No need to go far and wide looking for everything that lies within us. Thank you for taking the time to read and for the lovely comment. I am so pleased that you had a good read. Hope you have an amazing day. 🌼

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Hey Cindy, I am so glad I could do that and capture the essence of the turmoil of finding oneself. It is good to hear from you! Thank you for taking the time to read and for the lovely comment. I hope you have a happy day. 🌹

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Hi Ben, the last two stanzas are my favourite part! I hoped to convey a feeling of warmth through them. It is always a pleasure to hear your thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to read and for the kind words. I really appreciate your support. Hope you have a lovely day. 🌺

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Always, of course. I think those last two stanzas really unfurl the poem completely, and part of what I enjoy about this piece is that it feels be unfolding like the title states. You have a lovely rest of your day as well!

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Hey Wardah, thank you for taking the time to read and comment! I am happy that it resonated with you and that you had a good read. I agree, the simplest things define us, it’s where we find ourselves. Hope you have a blessed day. 🌼

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Hey Michele! Oh that is so good to hear. It’s the most important journey of all, I believe. The last two are my favourite part, too. There’s a certain allure and beauty in familiarity, don’t you think?
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Hope you have a wonderful day. 🌹

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She found them in her heart,
in the hearts of people she loved,
inscribed in the pages
of love letters of her youth— this verse gave me goosebumps. So beautifully written. Love itπŸ˜‡

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Hi, ahhh that is music to my ears! Always good to know when readers can relate with your writing. Thank you for taking the time to read and for this lovely comment. I’m glad you had a good read. Have a wonderful day. 🌺

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Hi Gaura, I am so delighted you thought so and had a good read! Thank you for taking the time to read and for the lovely comment. I really appreciate it. Hope you have a fantastic day. 🌼

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Hi Cheryl, thank you for taking the time to read and for the kind words! I do think it’s universal, too. So many of us try to find ourselves on the outside. When it’s all within us. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it. Hope you have a blessed day. 🌹

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Hey wordsmith, now I actually got the meaning of your page tagline..πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
beautiful read it was, especially these lines,

“β€œA jigsaw puzzle of a million pieces
some discovered, some missing”
I remind something scary from it,
But thank god it’s just your creation!!😁😁

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You’re most welcome Rishika!!😁😁
Well not poetic trance guy, but your words insist to look after it!!
Will wait for next of yours,πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Haha, those lines, like seriously you played well with your words here and our emotions as well I must say!!πŸ€­πŸ€­πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
Keep it up girl!!
You too have a great day ahead, Rishika….

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“She was a pristine enigma
In a world of unfurled parchments
A jigsaw puzzle of a million pieces”

I love how you set up the ending of this enchanting piece in the opening lines! The charm and old-world scent lies heavy upon this poem and makes me see so clearly the yellowed and precious edges of a scroll on love.

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Hey Jaya, oh that is so kind of you! Yes yellowed pages and the old book scent are precious. I absolutely adore reading your comments, they never fail to make me smile. Thank you for taking the time to read and for the lovely comment. I hope you have a beautiful day. 🌼

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This was so heartwarming Rishika. It indeed is this little heart of ours that carries the answers to our questions. Enigmatic it may seem, even complex sometimes but eventually we figure it out. The ones true, that stay close no matter what are the one to hold on to. Excellent poetry Rishika. Well done. πŸ˜‡

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