Do not be satisfied with the stories that are told to you. Unfold your own myth – Rumi.

The Search..

Update – I won the YouthExpress ScribeHunt prize for this poem in mid-2012.

This poem was inspired by the Crusaders’ search for Jerusalem during the middle ages. As they tried to cross the desert towards the holy land, they had only one companion – their faith.
This is my imagination of it…

The Darkness engulfs me as I ride through the night,
I hold my sword near, as if I’m in a fight,
But these are my own demons I run madly from,
Will this never end, will I ever see the light?

My fears gallop faster than my steed,
Floodwaters in my mind that never recede,
The night’s silent, but I hear its voice,
What are you searching, what do you need?

I ride faster; I cut through the mist,
My throat runs dry, I clench my fist,
An icy wind blows across the land,
I implore my heart – Please Resist.

I do not know what I’m searching for,
Is it fame; is it glory, or something more?
Is it immortality, or the curse of it?
Or is it Eden, like the tales of yore?

I turn back to peer into the void behind,
Winds swirling the sand of time,
Terror grips me as I turn around,
Is something chasing me, or is it in my mind?

I turn around, on the dunes I stand,
A speck of life on a barren land,
But nothing appears from the brown haze,
The infinite desert remains bland.

There was something there, I could have sworn,
Whatever it was, it seems gone.
I move on in the punishing terrain,
I trudge forward, and wait for the dawn.

Pain ebbs and flows, like storms on the sand,
As I keep looking for hope, a golden strand,
But it’s still dark and cold as ice,
In my lonely search for the Holy Land.


12 responses

  1. Kavitha

    Am scared abt poems for the only reason that its way above my head to ustand 😦

    With the lil knowledge i have, i liked this poem and i was able to make sense out of it!!!
    Good One 🙂

    January 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    • Sairam Krishnan

      Lol… Thanks a lot Kavi… 🙂

      January 29, 2011 at 2:55 am

  2. Rajesh

    awesome!!! totally out of box and not the usual one.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:31 am

    • Sairam Krishnan

      Thanks da Machan… 🙂

      January 29, 2011 at 3:35 am

  3. Reads well, Sairam. Will look forward to more.

    February 3, 2011 at 5:56 am

    • Sairam Krishnan

      Thanks a lot Sir… 🙂

      February 3, 2011 at 6:27 am

  4. Maha

    Ok tht definitely is a poem.. I need my english teacher to explain it to me line after line!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

    • Sairam Krishnan

      Liar… :)….

      February 8, 2011 at 5:57 am

  5. harini nishant

    I think i could manage to understand what ur conveying in the right sense , do need some translations , but its beautiful:)

    April 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    • Sairam Krishnan

      Thank you Harini… 🙂

      April 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

  6. Harish

    Nice Write Bro… Keep It Up….

    April 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    • Sairam Krishnan

      Thanks Bro…! 🙂

      April 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

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