At first glance, it seemed easy, I, the traveler on a weary road to perhaps fame, I tamed my mind to think in ways one would want to impress, But like a toddler taking baby steps, I fall, struggling to get back on my feet.

The route I took seemed all too ready to steady that feet, Through stumbling tears, I made my smiles just as effortless, I cried first, then I laughed, Isn’t laughter sometimes created from tears?

The road was long, the road was windy, The road took me to eternity, I wondered at some point if I would reach eternity, yes, eternity, But stop I did not, I traveled through time, I traveled through eternity.

There were days when I thought “not a second to waste,” Until one day I realized that it took time to reach eternity, It was the long road I had chosen, Through much travail, none of which man can know or hear of.

I trudged with time on the long road to eternity once, Right now, I face, I stare ahead, I have not seen the end, No, there is no end, I have only been on the trail to the “beginning.”

The End.

This poem was published on the Poetry Festival website on 25/02/2020https://festivalforpoetry.com/2020/02/24/read-poem-the-long-road-by-shobana-gomes



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Argentina, I have heard about you…

You were of days gone old,

Sultry looks, pouty lips, a sculptured face,

Your sensuousness redeemed a nation’s creed.


Argentina, the crops once grew wild,

Where the wars ravaged the gardens that thrived.

I often thought about the way,

the Americas shook with rage,

At the wickedness that besieged the devout.

Everywhere there were the tireless boredom of cold,

Did you see that,

Men were christened with blood swords,

Women, endowed with beauty bore crowns.

You remain steeped in thought,

Thinking, mastering plans anew,

I know Argentina, you, the simplest yet astounding,

You, the gentlest, yet – you will what is to come.


Argentina, I have heard of you,

Your steps are scattered like seed.

(I wrote this poem sometime back, I hope you enjoy it)


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It’s the Holy Week for Christians the World Over.

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Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of the Holy Week for Christians the world over.

Well, this year, from the time the restrictive order fell in place, we watched mass live on our television sets. It is not the same. We somehow feel disconnected with Lent.

There is a prevalence of the untimeliness the Covid19 has set upon us. Lent is a time of penance and abstinence, which sad to say, was so lacking. I miss the actual consecration of mass, always, a time of reflection for me.

While writing this, in a world where people are judged by their religion and race, this adage that I follow comes to mind, “Don’t judge me by my religion, judge me for my humaneness, judge me as you would want to be judged. Religion should be used for self-awareness and inner healing. The best religion to follow is “goodness of heart.”

Anyway, Palm Sunday is the final time Christ entered Jerusalem before his crucifixion. He rode a donkey, and people threw palm branches in his path. His arrival on a donkey, shows his humbleness, and is an act of peace, hence why he is known as the Prince of Peace.

So then, like every time there is a catastrophe, people begin to see what it means to be humble, compassionate, understanding, and work together for a common cause.

This is one situation, that people of our time has never experienced. It has opened our eyes to the complexity of an unprepared world. It has brought on a fear so great that nothing else matters but to stay unaffected, to stay alive, to go back to times of past when it was a free world. I think from now on, we have learnt to never take things for granted.

Let’s stand together to eradicate the Covid19 interference in all our lives. It could possibly mean a check and balance to world order.

Have a blessed Holy Week, and let us hope the Easter bunnies bring nothing but good cheer.

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She saw it again,

The same star, that once outshone the rest,

The one that beamed its rays on a ground that was barren,

It was on a night,

When the constellation stood witness,

To a thousand illumination.

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Every lighted star that shone on that clear, dark sky,

Had a little awe for that one tiny star,

The one that shone the brightest,

The one that lit that barren land, lending its rays to a ground of bare plainness.

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Gently, she summoned the quiet star, her need to imprint its image in her mind, so implacable.

“O you, the brightest star of the night,

How luminuously you define beauty with your fire,

The land of the barren terrain has been adorned with your impassioned rays,

It harkens the world, to awe, to astounding revelation,

It creates a vision so spectacular, it dazzles as it embodies your blinding sight.”

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She awaits a sign,

She believes that the star would abide her bidding,

She beseeches the star to alight her wonderment,

She, a mere bystander,

She wishes for its benevolent salutation.

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The Fire of Hope

Today I walk with wisdom,

The world has brought me to my knees,

I am not one who is invincible,

I am not one who can be free – of trials, of tribulation.


I have learnt that no wealth or riches,

Can take away heartache or pain,

When the affliction of disease or death,

Chooses me as its next victim,

I am just as vulnerable.


As I wake each day to a new morning,

I think of the countless who walk without sleep,

Without a chance to see the risen Sun,

Or, see how the birds fly freely,

Nor, celebrate time spent with family,

I feel I am most blessed.


I believe there is freedom in the future,

The chaos we abide in will fade,

Look how the stars come out after days of thunder,

Look how the Sun sets immaculately on horizons,

Bringing a new breath of awareness,

Bringing Hope throughout the world,

To believe that the flicker of light it spreads,

Can uplift a heart, can appease a soul, can calm a turbulent mind.


I know it may seem like nothing,

Not when there is still so much grief,

But knowing that all of these,

Still manifest this world,

Is reason enough to trust in the faith of hope,

Is reason enough to keep on fighting to live.


The fire of hope knows no religion, no order, or race,

It is within each man and woman.

To believe that it fosters inner peace.

The fire of hope ignites a tired soul,

Never let it diminish your will to survive.


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