9 Lives

The Nine Forms for Durga Maa , artist unknown, village Raghurajpur, Puri, Odisha, INDIA

No known eras. Jayshree Misra Tripathi (C)

the mind innocent, the heart pure
knew not insecurity.
the mind playful, the heart curious
knew not jeopardy.
the mind in its adolescence, insecure
knew not stability.
the mind yearning for answers,
knew not invulnerability.
the mind maturing, yet to fully evolve
knew not accountability.
the mind bolder still, yet fraught with fear
knew not serenity.
the mind even older, aware of latent danger
knew not harmony.
the mind hardened with known pain
knew not tranquillity.
the mind aging, losing its grasp on reality
knew not the reward of infinity-
Uncharted.

Published by Jayshree Misra Tripathi

Jayshree, as the eldest of five daughters, includes her maiden surname 'Misra' in her writing. She lived a nomadic life from 1986 till 2015, as the wife of a career foreign service officer in the Indian Civil Service. She has written from across three continents - as a freelance journalist, teacher and poet. Jayshree followed up her MA in English (Literature) from Delhi University (1978), with a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (Distance Education programme, 2001). She has taught English Language and Literature, been an examiner in English for the Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Organisation and was their trained Consultant for the DP & CP. She worked briefly in the print media, in Delhi, during the mid-80s.

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