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.

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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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