If you can smile as a child does
love as a mother does,

If you can understand a tear,
feel a wrinkle’s story,
appreciate a thorn in your foot,

If you can flow as a river,
stand like a mountain,

If you can smell the earth,
drink that raindrop, reflect the sun,

If you can walk with,
and live your moments together

yes, I know you.

If you know the brightness
of a flower’s colour,
wonder of a bloom,
the peace in folding petals and going to sleep

The rhythm of a tone branches weave
The purpose of a bird’s song in the wild,

If you know the fullness of my empty moments,
The space your weaknesses open up for me,

You know me.

When we know the sparkle in our eyes,
Conversation our hearts make,

The richness of our silence
With its vibrant stillness,

Yes, we know our Path.
– Vinathe Sharma

I wrote the above poem in late 2001. It does speak about who I am and how I wish my life to be like. I like to reflect a lot about my lived world. I like to live with my ActionAbl-ity. I like to connect with people who are reflective, peaceful, who believe in justice, who practice simplicity in life. My blogging topics are diverse.



About Vinathe Sharma

I am an interdisciplinary researcher and practitioner. My engagment is to facilitate people's understanding of their own agency and the Actionable Space in their life. I draw from various theoretical and practitioner areas of Education, Psychology, Social Work, Environmental Studies, Literature, Sociology and History. I work with communities at the grassroots as well as in the academia.
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6 Responses to Knowing

  1. This is such a beautiful, heartfelt poem, and there isn’t a word in there I don’t love! Wonderful, wonderful emotions, and such a glimpse into you! I look forward to reading many more posts by you. Happy blogging, from a fellow Blogging 101 UK blogger ! ^_^

  2. Joyful2bee says:

    You have such a gift for poetry. I love your soul and the way you appear to see life all around you!! I will be following your posts!

  3. Vinathe this would have to be my all time favourite poem. It moves me, fills me up, sends me to a place of reflection and peace and action. You are gifted and a beautiful soul.x x xxxxxx

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