The Promise of the Morning by Kamlesh Acharya

Every morning holds

a promise for me.

That unknown moment,

when I return to myself

and shuffle slightly

in the crumpled bed

as I wake up,


the hope of a better day,

the power of my potential,

the lustre of letting go,

the largesse of love,

the fruit of forgiveness,

and the nectar of newness.

Every morning holds

a choice for me –

a choice of choosing

my freedom.

The morning shows me

the beauty of its promise

in the song of a bud

on the same shrub

that sees the withering

of a fragrant flower,

in the shine of the sun

that dispels darkness,

in the gurgle of a river

that is new every day,

in the flight of a bird

that celebrates a new sky.

And yet I hold on

to what I shouldn’t

and let go of

what I mustn’t.

I doggedly guard the pennies

in my tight fists

as pounds pass me by.

Every morning holds

a promise for me.

A promise that

I don’t keep.

About the Author

Kamlesh Acharya

Kamlesh Acharya is an MBA by qualification, a consultant by profession, a poet by ramification, a thinker through introspection and a seeker through meditation. His debut book ‘Kindle the Spirit’ was awarded ‘The Best English Poetry Book’ at ‘Lit-o-Fest 2015’ in Mumbai. His short plays have won awards, nominations and critical acclaim at International Short Play festival called 'Short+Sweet' in Dubai and Bangalore along with other theatre events. He also co-wrote the script for a short movie that reached the finals of 48-hour film competition in Dubai.

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