- Taken from Transcendence by Dr. Abdul Kalam (with Arun Tiwari)
On a dark lost path
My light shone over you
Yet that is not who I am
During these happy days
you couldn’t find me around
But I was smiling there
On those coldest nights
when you wanted me the most
And I turned my face away
I am meant to be like this
to come and to go,
to shine that is not mine,
to love yet to stay far.
During this entire life
for as long as you live
I would look over you
I see a mountain, tall and strong, It scares me because I could fall
But my eyes could see its pointy top, And I will try so I shall hop
As I begin, I could see no path, But as I search, I make my own
Sometimes it leads me right, but sometimes it is terribly wrong
I move along but I feel that the mountain doesn’t want me to
Not only It hurts me physically as I go, but mentally too.
I often think of giving up and weaving my way back to the base
but as I look up to the top, I decide yet again to stay in the race.
As I reach closer to the top, I feel a different energy inside
because the distance I had come so far can not be hide
As soon as I step on the top with the mountain under my feet
My hands held high in the sky with my heart smiling at every beat.
I crave for you like a deaf craves to hear,
I crave for you like a smile craves for tear.
I crave for you like a mute craves to speak,
I crave for you like a fish craves for sea.
I crave for you like a dumb craves to feel,
I crave for you like a hungry craves for meal.
I crave for you like a blind craves for sight,
I crave for you like a dead craves for life.
It is a beautiful morning outside
yet I wish to fall apart in my bed
May be it could be my tiredness
or is it that early morning dream?
I saw me running from my death
without really knowing the reason
if I really want some sleep so bad now
will I love death ’cause it’s the best one?
As the sun shines over your head,
To guide you with the power of light.
As the wind whispers in your ears,
To set you on a never ending flight.
As the fire burns inside your heart,
To keep you up on the late of night.
And as the soul inside you shouts,
To stop your collapse till you fight.
(As you enter the world)
The first sound you make is a cry,
though the whole world smiles.
All you have is a teary face,
when they have a glitter in their eyes.
(As you meet people while growing up)
Some smile in your happy moments
and some smile when you are in pain.
To some, you are a smile in their life,
and some want your smile to drain.
(As you approach to the end)
While you lay silently on the deathbed,
there are cries and there are smiles.
Either of the two could outweigh the other,
it all depends the way you have lived life.