Bonding with Bougainvillea

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The petals soon unfurled,
their rose tinted garb shined,
signed across the azure background,
a sight so magical, to behold.

The  peachy floret is enchanting,
minus the aroma, it still is breathtaking,
collects praise , sometimes imprecations,
unbothered it blossoms without apprehensions.

                          ***

With two tiny little eyes,
I looked at the open spaces,
vast, free & beautiful,
I weaved  dreams in bits & pieces.

Dreams can be many,
but reality has to be one,
echoed voices from near & far
a girl has to be fluid like water.

Water as they say is clear & pure,
takes any form; fits any character,
she  has multiple duties to fulfill,
has to alter to be a care giver.

lower your voices, smile with elegance,
walk this way, wear that way,
the world gave it's endless opinions,
as if I was not a human, but a being that's less.

What if I am not water but fire?
what if I am a rebel & not a slave that you desire?
what if I  defy your set norms?
what if I don't belong to the preset definitions?


You ,Me & You ,my life is a one time affair,
honesty with you & that's  all I care,
I , the woman is also a human, 
a soul, that needs equal recognition.

Not just as a mother or a sister,
Not just as a dutiful daughter,
Not just as a half, that ought to be better,
just as a mortal with opinions that matter.

You , Me & You ,my life is not perfect,
perhaps it was all destined,
to fall, to crawl &  get realigned,
to be  an echo, difficult to be silenced.

                            ***
We looked at each other & time stands paused,
the realization then slowly dawned,
She is perhaps perfect minus the scent,
may be I am perfect too, with all the dents.

I took the tiny flower in my  palm ,
a secret  shared , a moment surfaced,
You, Me & You , have a lot in resemblance,
a little magic, a little grace & a little radiance.



Love,
Chinmayee

This post is a part of ‘UMeU’ Poetry Blog Hop #UMeUBlogHop organized by Manas Mukul . The hop is brought to you by Soul Craft and You, Me & The Universe

55 Comments Add yours

  1. Rashi Roy says:

    This is written so beautifully and I loved how honestly you wrote the truth. That’s a reality and I can relate to each and every word your wrote.

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    1. Coming from you, it means a lot. Thank you so much ❤️

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  2. Loved the way you put out a comparison between you, the flower and water. Nothing in us is perfect yet we are we and that makes us what we are. Chinmayee you have a way with words. 😊

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    1. Thank you so much dear💞. Happy that you liked it 😊

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  3. Mayuri6 says:

    This is a beauty, Chinmayee! No surprise, when coming from you! Loved how your words have elevated the humble Bougainvillea to a flower many who read this will look at it differently from now on. I hope they do the same when it comes to people too.

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    1. Thank you so much 💖 . Your words mean a lot 🙏🏻😊🌻

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  4. Priyanka Naik says:

    I concur. Why do women have to adhere to set stereotypes of society? So many decades after woman’s lib, and we are still being told how to laugh, how to talk, how to be.
    It’s time we learned to accept ourselves as we are, with all our ‘perfect’ imperfections. Only then will society learn to do the same.
    Kudos to you for bringing this out in your verse! 🙂

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    1. I am humbled by your words. Thank you so much 💞

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  5. Anita says:

    Wonderfully expressed, Chinmayee.
    Totally agree with your thoughts and words.
    They want us to be water, they can’t accept that we can be fire or can have any desire!
    May truth & honesty in life win as “honesty with you & that’s all I care”.

    May all care & stop silencing & judging.
    May all start accepting all “with all the dents” and accept the “magic, grace & radiance.”

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words 😊. I am glad it resonated with you. Thank you so much 💖

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  6. I love the vibrant fire colors of this one…. you have added so many layers of meaning to this one

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    1. I am happy to know you liked it 😊✨ Thanks a lot.

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  7. Janaki says:

    So true, Chinmayee …loved your style of expression.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting 😊✨

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  8. MeenalSonal says:

    Yes one need not be perfect in the world and can have variety in their personality. Liked the water and fire metaphor in the poetry.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and glad you connected with my thoughts!

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  9. Manas Mukul says:

    You have beautifully expressed the reality of the society with amazing imagery and word play. Sadly that reality is stinking. We need to write more and more on such topics till these discriminations are permanently eradicated. Keep the beautiful work going. Thank you so much for being a part of the #UMeUBlogHop. Means a lot.
    #Jokerophilia

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    1. I am humbled and happy that this resonated with you. Thank you so much for your words of appreciation. It was great to be part of this wonderful #UMeUBlogHop and you were a great host. Looking forward to many more such events.

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  10. Loved the similes you have given. Choosing to be water or fire should be their own prerogative. Very well brought out adding layers with your words
    Deepika

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    1. It feels great to hear from you. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. 😊

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  11. gowribhargav says:

    I loved the analogies you brought in with all the metaphors. Your poem left me with a lot to think about. So beautiful and so relevant. Could completely connect to it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gowri for your words of appreciation. Thank you so much ❤️

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  12. Pr@Gun says:

    Such beautiful bonding of a woman to Bougainvillea, Loved your weave of words Chinmayee. So true, I’m perfect with all the dents and we as well as all around us need to accept us the way we are. The next time I see this beautiful flower, your poem will rhyme along and it’s going to stay with me always.

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    1. I am extremely humbled and filled with happiness to hear that this will stay with you. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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  13. Abha Mondal says:

    Only our Chinmayee can create this beautiful piece. Lovely poem and a wonderful message for all the beautiful girls. Loved the lines
    “Dreams can be many,
    but reality has to be one,
    echoed voices from near & far
    a girl has to be fluid like water.”

    Beautifully penned.

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    1. Aww, Abha !! Thank you so much for such beautiful words. It’s great to hear from you 😊🥰

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  14. So much thought has gone into this comparison between a bougainvillea and the life of a woman! There are so many beautiful lines in this poem, Chinmayee. I absolutely love ir

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    1. Coming from you, it means a lot 🥰. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.

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  15. soniadogra says:

    What if Im not water but fire… Beautiful

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    1. Thank you so much, Sonia 😊✨

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  16. Archana says:

    Chinmayee, you never fail to amaze me with your power of the pen; reading you is always a treat to your readers; be it poetry or fiction you know to ace in every way. Loved the way you have put a woman’s perspective beyond the traditional roles that society expects her to perform.

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    1. Archana, I am so happy that you connected with my thoughts. Coming from an ace, writer like you, it means a lot 🥰. Thank you so much ❣️

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  17. So deep and endearing. This is something all the women think, some can express and some even finds it difficult to accept. You are blessed with expressing your thought through word. This is what we called real poetry.

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    1. Swati, thank you so much for such lovely words. Truly humbled 🙏🏻😊

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    2. reshma sundarrajan says:

      Love the similies and metaphors used beautifully in your write-ups and the way the picturization of woman,
      won’t!! it’s just too good, am thankful to blogpost for getting to read such an osm writeup.
      Sorry for my late comments.

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      1. Thank you so much Reshma for your inspiring words. Please no sorry and all 🙏🏻। I am honoured . Lots of love 💞

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  18. jainnehas says:

    Again an amazing work of yours. Behind this, there are a lot of stories hidden.

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    1. Thank you so much, Neha ❤️

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    2. Thank you so much for stopping by 😊✨

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  19. This is a pure piece of soul-touching candid writing my dear, so so loved the weave, keep penning, God Bless

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    1. Thank you for such encouraging words. I am really touched 🙏🏻🥰

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  20. Tarang says:

    Beautiful composition, so powerfully expressed.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tarang for your kind words. Means a lot 🙏🏻😊🌻

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  21. What if I am not water but fire?
    what if I am a rebel & not a slave that you desire?

    Simply amazing lines! Once again you have stolen my heart with your words. Keep writing Chinmayee, don’t stop. You have a fan in me!

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    1. Oh my God 🙏🏻 I am touched. Thank you for believing in me ❤️. Humbled and grateful ✨🥰

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  22. Harshita says:

    as usual you have written so poetically about the thoughts that trouble us.

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    1. I am glad this connected with you. Thank you for stopping by 😊✨

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  23. Pragnya says:

    This humble flower would never be the same for me again. You added layers to it. It is not a surprise to read this wonderful piece of poetry from you. Your choice of words, ‘what if’, hit like a bang.

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Means a lot 🥰 Glad you liked it 😊

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  24. Ira Mishra says:

    unbothered it blossoms without apprehensions

    Maybe I am perfect too with all the dents

    Superb lines. So much depth in them. Loved it. Wish we could all blossom without any apprehensions.

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    1. Thank you Ira! Means a lot coming from you 😊 I wish the same too ! Thank you for stopping by.

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  25. Leela Satyan says:

    To start with, loved the title Chinmayee…then the way you established a semblance between a woman and the flower was just amazing…loved it

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    1. Thank you so much ❤️ Glad you liked it 😊

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  26. ramv_01 says:

    What an amazing take for the pretty flower!! Only you can weave real magic with your stunning words!! Lovely!!

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    1. Thank you so much dear for your lovely words 💕💕 means a lot 🥰

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