Roots or wings? Or both?

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winged woman


Come let’s fly away, whispered the wings to her
But my feet are entwined in these roots, she replied

Give a push and break free, urged the wings
These roots provide stability and keep me balanced, she said

How else will you witness new and far away horizons? asked the impatient wings
Are you strong enough to take me away and then fly me back? she wanted to know

There is no guarantee and there are no safety rules, came the wings’ reply
Oh Lord! Please guide me through this dilemma, she gave an agonized cry

We will help you, came a reassuring whisper from the roots
How? she asked, skeptical and dejected

We will loosen our grip and you can break free, said the roots
But I just want to see the world and come back, she said

That you decide once you have seen the magic that is floating around, came the bemused answer; we will be in the same place, waiting

With a deep breath, she reached out for the wings
and was stunned when she realized that the wings were always there on her person

Like a butterfly, she had never seen her own wings and strength
Ecstatic, she unfurled the wings to fly towards the beckoning wonders of the world

She flew, higher and higher, above the clouds of tradition and prejudices
And she soared!

© Oct 2017 Sapna Dhyani Devrani




Author: Sapna Dhyani

I am Sapna Dhyani. I write about everything that crosses my mind. I write about life as I see it and like to infuse humour into my blogs. I belong to Dehradun but now live in a new city after every two years, being an army wife. This uprooting of base every couple of years, setting up a new home in a new place, meeting new people and forging new friendships, exploring new cities; all this ensures that I go through and am blessed with a myriad of experiences.

6 thoughts on “Roots or wings? Or both?”

  1. Lovely. The dilemma between staying rooted and soaring high can be painful. The mundane life here on earth and the sublime idealism out there – both have their own charms. It’s interesting that your persona breaks free.

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    1. Thank you Sir for your valuable feedback. Yes, the dilemma is eternal.And I would like to believe that all of us have wings that just need to be discovered.


    1. Thank you Anita, for your feedback. Yes, most of us are like that…we break free from time to time and keep returning to our roots too


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