When you wake up to the alarm bell
To know that you are alive and well

The aches and pains in your limbs say
That you are not disabled in anyway

The clarion call of the raucous horn
Disturbs but gladdens for you can hear

Garbage, stench and burning rubber
Tells you that your sinuses are clear

Shocking scenes in TV, news or print
Remind that choice is within your sight

Giving charity to the poor and destitute
Thank God! You’re the one to donate

Getting wet, cold and freezing away
You have a roof to revive with shelter and fire

You can opt to diet, fast or miss a meal
There’s enough in the larder to eat

A cough, cold, appendix, or bad teeth
Medical help is affordable to treat

Think of the rainbows, blue skies, nature and sea
The world is beautiful, your perceptions tell you

Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Akanksha, Anu, Ashok, Conrad, DeliriousGaelikaa,  GrannymarMagpie11,  Nema, Noor, Ordinary Joe, Paul, Maria the Silver Fox, Rummuser , Will Knott, and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get seventeen different flavours of the same topic.

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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12 Responses to PERCEPTIONS

  1. Rummuser says:

    Yes, unlike all other creatures, our sense perceptions enable us to make use of data that is fed in. Quite whether this is a good thing is a moot point. Spiritual seekers try to drop all such abilities to reach the natural stage of pure existence, accepting creation in all its manifestations.


  2. Grannymar says:

    ‘When you wake up to the alarm bell
    To know that you are alive and well….’
    AND woken up half the neighbourhood!


  3. Julie says:

    Very interesting post. I suppose we all feel pain in a different way.


  4. Spiritual journeys, although much as Rummuser says here, also accept the approach you are taking. Yours is, after all, one of creation’s manifestations. And a delightful one.


  5. Delirious says:

    Beautiful! Yes, thank God that I am in the position to be able to donate, and not in need of being the recipient!


  6. ocdwriter says:

    Concise and a perfect summary of the concept of perception. I am a fan 🙂


  7. blackwatertown says:

    Good poem.
    Good way of conveying the blessings we take for granted.


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