Happiness feels like an illusion

when you drown in the same pool many times

words offer temporary comfort

a disheartening reality but how could you

a poet speak like this when words are your escape

what if escape were a permanent solution

then whom would poems speak for?

– Parveen Maghera


The Pursuit Of Contentment

Why do people still believe in a happy life
When there is malice in the world
How do they keep themselves satisfied
Are they selfish
Or are they selfless
Do people pray for others
Or for themselves
Is karma real
Or is it a mere tool for survival and
A necessity to do good for everyone
Will I be blessed if I don’t pray for myself
But I pray for the family
That I was born into
But I’m not content with my life
Is this how I should survive
Can I wish for my happiness over others
In my pursuit for others’ wellbeing
So that as I pray for everyone
There is a smile on my face
Enlightened by a beautiful heart
Is there a righteous being ever on earth
Who can shine an unforgiving light
On the good truth of the right way of life
It’s troubling for my heart to choose
Between us two

I need an answer
To let my heart and mind
Be one
So when I leave everyone in the world alone
I’m happy and there are too

– Parveen Maghera

Poems, Thoughts

Laughing Away Your Embarrassment

Feeling embarrassed of a certain embarrassing moment in the past when you reflect on it now makes you vulnerable to being embarrassed by it again, and all the swords of embarrassment come stabbing you in the heart and you wither and cry once more in the same corner of your bedroom, feeling too embarrassed to show your face again. What if your entire past was filled with embarrassing moments, more than half of which you are unaware of? What if you have witnessed embarrassing moments of others but dare not reveal to them, in fear of embarrassing them again? Why do their embarrassing moments seem funny to you? Why then can’t your past embarrassing moments make you giggle instead of cry?

Your laughter at your past is testament to your life now, which inevitably will bring about new embarrassing moments. Isn’t it always better to have reasons to laugh about when you look back at your past than to cry over them? Isn’t it always better to celebrate a person’s life after his death than to cry over him?

The world needs more happy people. So, be one of them.

– Parveen Maghera