Five School Girls

Onlookers can vouch; how pretty they look

A bunch of sunflowers, five school girls!

Sipping through the lime, giggling with joy

Oblivious of surrounds; engrossed in the talks

Glitter in their eyes says it all

Life is beautiful; you believe it or not!

If time can stop and moment can freeze

Someone please click this blissful frame

They still, the same, in their forties

Carefree and sassy school girls at heart!



© 2018 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.




Three Red Roses

Three blood red roses bloomed

I saw them through the window

One gone when I tried to have another glimpse

By the evening there was only one smiling

I prayed to see it again in the morning

To my happiness it has survived the night

But as the sun went up no rose in the sight

Nor the wind or the sun stole them

It were humans who love beautiful things

And plucked them in admiration!

“It really breaks my heart whenever I see people plucking flowers. How I wish if they could have seen a few more sunrises or maybe smiled for a few more hours!”

© [Charu Gupta] and [Potpourri of life] [2018].


People in the mall, people on the road

You meet them, greet them, hate them, love them

In the bus, on the plane, office or the park

Every tiny piece of Earth full of faces

But have you seen their soul?

They guard their soul with a mask

Mask tightly glued, without any clue of soul

Many masks for different people, different occasions

Sad souls wear happy masks

Jealous disguise in a friendly mask

Poor in riches and evil in angels

Fragile and weak appear strong

All are safe-guarding the real soul

As if they are petrified to reveal their actual self

I wonder how they breathe, choking the soul

And gradually the soul dies behind the mask

An anonymous life we all live with no identity; just the mask

People everywhere without the real face

Just the masks to see hanging firmly on the soul…….

Imagine one day the soul revolts

With all the force, pulls the mask off

Ending all the anguish and show itself out

A true person living with a real face

How beautiful the soul is without the mask!

© [Charu Gupta] and [Potpourri of life] [2018].