Make or Break !




What is the purpose of my life, I would often wonder.

Fifty two years of my life I spent in the presence of loved ones, life hardly ever did meander.


The joys of being a wife and a mother were unparalleled,

Never ever in my duties I stumbled.


My husband was the love of my life and my children, source of my pride,

Days were longer but years seemed shorter and I took everything in my stride.


Time flew away like the winter wind, jostling away with it those moments of joy,

when I braided my little girl’s hair and heard squeals of mischief from my boy.


Alas, the children grew up into opinionated beings and their friends became their extension.

They loved me alright but everything on my part amounted to intervention.


Once they flew from our nest, reaching out to their calling,

me and my husband though lonely were not stalling.


We planned carefree trips that could not be taken

amidst the compelling nine to five job,

when we became oblivious to the fact that we were once each other’s heartthrob.


But, life had different offerings, a sudden heart attack and he left me a little too soon.

It seemed as if life would henceforth sing a morbid tune.


As I began to give in to my sorrow,

As I ceased to see dreams of a bright ‘morrow,

As I was on the threshold of turning the final pages of my life,

A voice was heard from within.

I was alive.


I could either choose comfort or choose courage and I chose the latter.

My bundled up emotions stopped their frivolous chatter.


I rekindled my old passion and it gave me a reason at last,

I buried my past and took control of my life’s mast.


Today, five years later, I am known for my sweet delicacies and cake

They whet the appetite of young and old in that corner café near the serene lake.


Living is not that difficult after all

You can either make or break.


#WriteBravely #WriteProBlogger

I am participating in  The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge. The prompt for today is “You can choose courage or you can choose comfort but you cannot have both”

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About Meha Sharma

Dreamer,Writer,Mother,Fauji wife...all while striving to overcome something called 'Procrastination' :) I dabble in writing and write for @huffpostindia, @womensweb , @mycity4kids. I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I now pass on my wisdom to management students. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
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26 Responses to Make or Break !

  1. Kriti Sharma says:

    That’s Fab👏👏

  2. Alice Gerard says:

    Beautiful poem. I love the way that you reinvented yourself! It gives me hope.

  3. vinodinii says:

    What an inspiring poem! Just what I needed to read after my son’s recent departure to his university abroad. Dealing positively with the empty nest syndrome needs a lot of strength and courage for sure. I’m glad she found her calling even after her husband’s demise.

    • Meha Sharma says:

      Thank you Vinodinii for writing in. I am glad you found it inspiring. Let me tell you that you inspire me as well. Your travel posts make me want to live life to the fullest. Keep up your zest for life. It is truly wonderful!

  4. Ravi Sidula says:

    Wow a sweet beautiful cake has been baked.

  5. Akshata Ram says:

    Meha this is simply fabulous- I have said this earlier too. I am not a poetry girl- I usually dont enjoy reading them too but when it usually comes to your poetry I find the stories within so compelling that I am in awe. Loved the way you wove the story and the cake part fitted in perfectly. You are truly one of my favourite authors! So glad I discovered you (as a writer and and a dear friend)

    • Meha Sharma says:

      Thank you dear! You are so generous with your adulations. I am also not a pro at penning poems but I try. Glad you found it worthy. Great to have you as a friend 🙂

  6. Shalzmojo says:

    You really gave a very heartfelt sketch of the life cycle – from being parents to tiny tots to adults to being on your own and then finally the passing away!! Very creative writing Meha

  7. The ups and downs of life nicely depicted. We all need that something to keep us going when all we want to do is throw in the towel. My writing does that for me.

  8. Ryan says:

    Amazing writing. It was so heartfelt that it almost felt as if it’s you in the poem. Great job!

  9. mahekg says:

    Kudos to her to chose courage. Loved the poem 🙂

  10. Rashmi says:

    OMG! “I am alive!” You jolted me with that 🙂 Beautiful Meha

  11. Natasha says:

    Lovely one indeed Meha. She is one amazing woman and a braveheart. Kudos.

  12. Modern Gypsy says:

    What a beautifully hopeful piece this is! Kudos to her for finding the courage to go on!

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