The Way We Were

Jaibala/ August 7, 2016/ Poetry/ 32 comments

As life made its deep welts

And with fates hand as I dealt

I thought I lost her

The way we were


Young and carefree, Wild and free,

That little girl unafraid to be me

As Life made its deep welts

I thought I lost her


promise made so long ago,

To never forget, to never bow

Even as with fates hand I dealt

The way we were


A living lost, as I lived my life,

That memory etched, never suffice

As life made its deep welts

I thought I lost her


Until one day back I looked

That little girl, there she stood

And fates hand was dealt

That is the way we were

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Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


  1. I am glad she is not lost, I am glad she learnt the way to be. Strong and subtle yet sweet 🙂 Love it.
    Ashwini Dodani recently posted…8. A Quote That Can Change Your LifeMy Profile

    1. Thank You Ashu. We can only be lost if we choose to be right?

  2. wish i could bring back the child in me 🙂

    1. You should, it is always fun to reconnect with the child within you.

  3. This makes me little sad when despite listed in each year resolutions, I could not change myself and let go of 1 thing I don’t like about myself. Otherwise, My teen self would be happy to see me where I am today.

    1. I know what you mean Upasna. It is not easy to let go of some things and I am so glad that you are where you wanted to be 🙂

  4. I try and keep the child in me alive as much as I can

    1. That is what I felt when I visited your blog too. 🙂 Thank You Sneha for reading

  5. Loved it..loved it. Never let your inner child die. Once my school principal told me that to enjoy life we have to have a bit of crazy in us. I don’t know about crazy but the child in us has to be there to be inquisitive, to laugh incorrigibly and definitely to enjoy life :)!
    PRERNA SINHA recently posted…10 Ways To Save While Shopping For A New Baby And MomMy Profile

    1. Yes, the child in us is always the one that inspires us, gives us the sense of wonder that we all must have.

  6. Nice flow of words, Jai. I do miss my childhood but then there always is the inner child in me that decides to pop out 3764445 times a day! 😀
    Soumya recently posted…Action Replay: August 2016My Profile

    1. Ha, that is exactly how it should be I think. I have a 4 year old, so reconnecting with that child is easier because of the actual child.

  7. Beautiful. What we were and what we have gone through happy n sad we carry it all within us. The child, the teenager and what we are today are all interconnected, each making the other proud or not. Hugs.
    Sunila Vig recently posted…Essence. What I got from the 7 day blog challenge #BarathonMy Profile

    1. True we carry everything we are within us always, sometimes we just don’t realise it.

  8. You will not believe my post is something similar but I loved this piece of poetry. My teen self may not be so proud because I haven’t changed much although I want to. Bad Habits, they die very slowly. Sigh!
    Ramya Rao recently posted…Anytime, My friend! My Profile

    1. Ah all change happens when it needs to. Don’t worry! Thank You Ramya 🙂

  9. I am sure if my teen self could look at the me now, she would be proud and relieved. I have been able to overcome most of the things she struggled with. 🙂
    Shantala recently posted…July Wrap Up – Books and #HarryPotter fever!My Profile

    1. I am sure she would be Shantala 🙂

  10. I guess it’s good that I started blogging in my teens. I’ll always be able to record the way I’ve changed!
    And of course, this poem has to be bookmarked! 🙂

    Happy friendship day, and congratulations on completing the #BarAThon <3

    1. Yes this will be a great way to look back, though I have written all through my teen years, it is just that I have lost a lot of what I have written. Happy Friendship Day, Thank You and looking forward to see you soon at the finish.

  11. I think my teen self would be proud of me today. I have carried her in my heart and done what she may have struggled with.
    Rachna recently posted…My Cherished Charm #CherishedBlogfestMy Profile

    1. Yes, mine too. I still laugh with honest abandon, still look at things with the wonder of a new born and still live to enjoy every day. And yet I have done things that she would not have imagined doing or would be scared to do. And in spite everything I just find her walking behind me always and that is a comfort.

  12. So well put..what a fab way to complete the barathon.

    1. Thank You so much Pooja 🙂

  13. Loved your beautiful wordings, Jaibala.

    What I am today and what I was…miles apart…dunno why I left it behind but, no regrets 🙂
    Ruchira Khanna recently posted…Mirror TherapyMy Profile

    1. All’s good if there are no regrets right!

  14. Whenever I read something like this, I get reflective. I like to think I live my life sans regrets and that’s mostly true. Still, the promise of what life could’ve/would’ve/should’ve been is always is always interesting to ponder over. Beautifully expressed, Jaibala. Loved it.

    1. It is the most interesting thing according to me. Thank You so much for reading Suchitra 🙂

  15. My teenage self would never recognize me. No way. I dont even recognise the words from my own initials posts from a decade ago.
    Would the teenage self be proud of where I am today? I honestly don’t know. Because I know what he believed in… and I cant help but feel I let him down.
    Roshan Radhakrishnan recently posted…Recipe – Easy Eggless Chocolate CakeMy Profile

    1. Doc, I know you have done your best, it might not have changed the world…but hey the world has changed from your teenage days to now. I think your teenage self would be proud of what you have achieved surrounded by what you have been facing on a daily basis.

  16. Sometimes, you need to look back and make sure that child you left behind, is still following you 🙂
    And no, I don’t mean your real child 😀
    Sid recently posted…Subbu’s SacrificeMy Profile

    1. Haha Sometimes the most dreaded thing to see when you look back is your real child following you. On a serious note though you do need to know you have kept some things safe with you.

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