happy 2024

Maruti Naik
2 min readJan 1, 2024
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

life has become
a bunch of folks
drawing lines
fortifying barricades
filling up moats
to exclude “others”

the others
straining to cross over
believing in the illusion
buying into the delusion
desparate ambition
seeking a greener pasture

life has become
an eternal tussle
between folks
on either side
of the barbed wires
reality suspended
values sacrificed
at the altar
of gods neatly appropriated
folks prostrating
never mind the feet of clay

wishes conveyed last year
has anyone kept track
of how happy we got
and what happiness meant
as we spun around
our sun

if wishes indeed came true
we would be happy
living in a just world
an equitable air for all
mindful of each other
sharing and caring
our mirrors would not lie back to us
truth would not be a mirage
and our base desires
would not be roaming the streets
fuelled by cleverly designed
speeches which further divide

but then we must carry on
audacious in hope
that the gods will awaken
that the tide will turn
that our hearts will find
the good in everyone
and that there will be no
that we will find the courage
to reach over the wires
and embrace the beauty
towards a life
without filters
for an era when
we can truly
look in the mirror
and be happy

all of us…



Maruti Naik

I write to remember. I write to remain honest. I write to leave a bread crumb trail for my daughter. I write to relax. Trying to impress my better half, I write