A Wish Upon A Wish

 A Wish Upon A Wish

A Wish Upon A Wish

Since I was a child
I would look up in the sky at night
Hoping to see a shooting star fall
It’s trailblazing glory and magic
That would make my wish come true
I close my eyes and make a wish upon a wish.

It falls at dazzling speed 
Accelerating; slashing
Through the atmosphere 
Like a ‘Vajra’* from Indra’s hands!
Then just as suddenly as it came, evaporating
Into the nothingness of the midnight sky.

I am left pondering
How fleeting opportunities come and go
And how aptly shooting stars
Reflect this happenstance.
While the universe remains
Little changed from its advent and passing.
Even then I make my wish
I close my eyes and make a wish upon a wish

*Vajra: Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Additionally, it is a weapon won in battle which is used as a ritual object to symbolise both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force).


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©Ranjeeta Nath Ghai,  Atrangi Zindagi Ka Safar, 2016.

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