The Choice

It is impossible to find in
Today’s world they say,
Vultures prey on it
No matter do what you may.

A sea of people surrounds
Wherever you may go,
But solitude creeps in
Moving slowly while keeping low.

A magical world is then created
With emotions playing hide and seek,
Inundated by a sheet of desolation
Yet comforting like leaves of teak.

The border between company and loneliness
slowly blurs,
Hard to find which is what and yes
Even harder to choose.

48 thoughts on “The Choice

    • Prateek Kohli April 13, 2015 / 2:21 pm

      It still confuses me 🙂 Glad to know you liked it, Kritika. Thank you 🙂

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    • Prateek Kohli April 14, 2015 / 4:40 am

      Did I tell you how awesome it feels to be appreciated by you? It feels something beyond amazing, Prajakta ! Thanks a ton 🙂


      • Prajakta April 16, 2015 / 2:00 pm

        Oh thank you! I feel honoured and right back at ya! 🙂

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  1. archiekoushik April 14, 2015 / 6:45 am

    Simply alluring.
    Being alone is dangerous not because you are lonely, but because once you revel in the peace that solitude offers you might never want to return to company.

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    • Prateek Kohli April 14, 2015 / 7:16 am

      Thank you so much! Glad to know that you liked it 🙂
      And I completely agree with you! Thank you much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Hope to see you again 🙂

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  2. shambhavi31 April 14, 2015 / 7:38 am

    Very true! As quoted by Paul Tillich, ‘Lonliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone’:)
    You have described it so beautifully. Well, about the choice to make, I guess that’s a realization after experiencing both. You have to face the dark to feel the light.

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    • Prateek Kohli April 14, 2015 / 7:54 am

      Amazing thought to ponder! And a wonderful quote as well. I am sure I’ll use these lines in future 😀
      Thank you for appreciating the effort. 🙂

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  3. izza ifzaal April 15, 2015 / 4:31 am

    This was incredible! i don’t know what to write and how to appreciate with using the same vocab again but truly you did justice with your thoughts! 🙂

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    • Prateek Kohli April 15, 2015 / 9:07 am

      Hehe thank you so much, Izza. Everytime your appreciation does wonders to me! When you like a post, it really gives me the drive to create better stuff next time. Thank you so much for that 🙂

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      • izza ifzaal April 15, 2015 / 10:42 am

        haha! Now that is hell lot of a buttering with like extra cheese and all :p but you are way better than me Prateek truly! I write all lame circleish stuff and on the other hand your words are motivational! 🙂

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      • Prateek Kohli April 15, 2015 / 10:55 am

        Are we talking about writing or cooking? :/
        And noo !! The stuff you write comes straight from the heart and the honesty with which it is written speaks for itself! I am still unable to do that. And I really mean it when I say you are my favorite poet here! Your posts is one of the few things I look forward to everyday 🙂 So better keep writing 😛
        (And I never waste butter. My weight is a proof 😛 )

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      • izza ifzaal April 15, 2015 / 11:30 am

        hahaha! my goodness 😛 I was talking about your writing! 🙂 okay I hope I keep winning praises for my blogs which I find I-don’t-know-what-to-say o.O! Thanks I ll keep this in mind! 🙂

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      • Prateek Kohli April 15, 2015 / 6:50 pm

        You have the blessings of God 🙂


  4. purrfectgirl April 16, 2015 / 7:13 am

    ”With emotions playing hide and seek…”, woah that got me so hard !
    This poem is too good !

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  5. salwaadlyy April 18, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    ”Wherever you may go, but solitude creeps in ” what a beautiful sentence ! I actually love every single word. Every line seems to hold a different story.

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    • Prateek Kohli April 18, 2015 / 8:50 pm

      I am jumping on my seat after reading this, Salwa! You really made my day with your lovely comments! Thank you so so much for appreciating! Your words feel like cool water in scorching heat 🙂

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  6. Luminous April 22, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Beautiful write 🙂 Loved the last stanza! When borders of differentiation blur thats when you start to know more about the self.

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    • Prateek Kohli April 22, 2015 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks a lot, Lohit. I am glad you liked it. And I completely agree with you here. Knowing ourselves is probably the hardest thing to do 🙂

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  7. barrira April 25, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    This stanza “The border between company and loneliness
    slowly blurs,
    Hard to find which is what and yes
    Even harder to choose.”

    loneliness and company…reminded me of one of my favourite quotes by Charles Bukowski and I never let go of a chance to throw it in, sorry for the rambling spree xD

    “I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room — I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful — awful beyond all — but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I’ll quote Ibsen, “The strongest men are the most alone.” I’ve never thought, “Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I’ll feel good.” No, that won’t help. You know the typical crowd, “Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?” Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine!”

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    • Prateek Kohli April 25, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Although I didn’t agree with a few of its words, but I loved it ! Although I didn’t want to, but yes I could relate to it.
      What do you think, Barrira? Are we all really that alone here? Or there is a considerable chance that someone might come as our savior and do what we couldn’t?

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      • barrira April 25, 2015 / 9:59 pm

        Yes, Charles can be a little brutal on vocabulary but the man writes without filters 🙂
        Honestly, in my opinion (which is border line realist-pessimist lol) we will need a miracle to be saved. I mean look around, everyone is so layered up in masks and lies and fake words and laughter, so much so that they become those masks and lies. There is zero tolerance for being different, I know this personally, being an unfit in a society so brainwashed into norms kills you internally and it’s a downward spiral.

        Why is it so difficult for everyone to be just who they are? doesn’t it takes effort to be somebody else? heck I can’t even fake a smile if I don’t like someone (I’m that terrible at lying lol)

        Just yesterday Sabeen Mahmud was gunned down in our country, she was one of the creative big heads here who brought together the artists, writers, musicians and debaters, gave them a platform to breathe and she is gone.

        I can forever go on with my issues with society and religion and humanity but to keep it short, why would anyone come and save us if we are just so happy drowning?

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      • Prateek Kohli April 26, 2015 / 4:07 am

        Barrira, you made perfect sense and I have no doubt that the world is infected by deadly viruses called people.
        Looking around, I see destruction and pain everywhere. But here’s a catch. Only the bad news stay in our minds for a long time. The acts of kindness usually go unnoticed by us. The first example is you! You can’t fake a smile, and I love this trait of yours. I am sure that there have been instances when you helped someone selflessly. But will we ever be famous for being honest and kind? For fame, we usually have to kill.
        Yes I agree people are easily brainwashed. And it will indeed take a miracle to let them come out of it. I usually argue with my dad on this. And he says that the only person you can change is you. We say our politicians are corrupt but never fail to favor our friends over others whenever possible. If we change ourselves, goodness is infections, it will take care of the rest.
        I have no justification to defend the sad demise of Sabeen. I always feel devastated when terrorists are able to kill someone and walk without remorse. Would only say that look around, can you find anyone who can kill a human? It takes a lot of stupidity to become a terrorist and it is rare. I stopped believing in God after closely witnessing the atrocities he does to people. But I do believe in people, who are although scared, masked, liars, but most of them feel agitated when something like this happens. I think you have heard of the brutal Delhi gang-rape that happened in December, 2012. That time my all hopes on humanity were shattered. But when I went to the protests, thousands of people shouting in unison for women safety brought back that hope. There were 6 rapists, there are millions heartbroken.
        No one will come and save us for sure. We will complete our time here go. and if someone remembers us for affecting his or her life in a good way, the time spent here would be worth it 🙂
        What do you say? 🙂

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      • barrira April 26, 2015 / 8:12 am

        Agreed, unfortunately human beings are everything but human? the irony is heart breaking and just as you said there are good people, they just go unnoticed. A little too much, actually.

        Evil seems to be so deep rooted and sensationalized, yup our media and power houses have played their part in promoting and constantly pointing out the negatives, I don’t remember the last time I saw a news coverage for someone saving a life, why not? but yes we will cover the smallest of the accidents and glorify them and create even more agitation among people. It’s sad vicious circle to be caught up in.

        Yes, I have heard about the gang rape and I still remember it. It broke my heart, who wouldn’t be reduced to tears after knowing that? Terrorists and evil people don’t come with boundaries or labels they just like hurting others. Having said that, I’m with you on “believing in people” for while there is so much chaos and destruction around, there is also goodness, people doing small good deeds and they are our miracles who need to be highlighted to carry on with this life 🙂 we need to do our part, even a small good thing you do will be remembered by the person forever and if nothing else, make someone smile every day, we all have our struggles.

        Lets lighten the world up so we and few other good people can be remembered on small talks at dinner table in comfortable spaces not on media or any other sensationalised forums where people become numbers and goodness becomes profits 🙂

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      • Prateek Kohli April 26, 2015 / 11:45 am

        I am in love with these words. Lets lighten the world up as little as we can. And lets do it together 🙂

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      • barrira April 25, 2015 / 10:01 pm

        ok, that was long, sheesh :$ and heck aren’t I such a ray of sunshine especially at such time of night lol

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      • Prateek Kohli April 26, 2015 / 4:12 am

        Hehe my eyes light up with pride when I see a long comment by a beautiful soul 🙂
        And yes you are indeed a ray of sunshine and starting the day with your words and laughter does wonders to my mood. Really 😀

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      • barrira April 26, 2015 / 8:15 am

        hahahaha you are quite a charmer, aren’t you? xD

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      • barrira April 26, 2015 / 12:41 pm

        HAHAHAHAHA this is a very interesting conversation 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • Prateek Kohli April 27, 2015 / 3:16 am

        You are the first one to be able make a conversation interesting with me. So be proud of youself xD

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      • Prateek Kohli April 29, 2015 / 7:27 pm

        Yes ! And I am really sorry for the delayed second right step. Had been really caught up with the thesis submission. Will be regular here from now onward 🙂

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      • barrira April 30, 2015 / 5:11 pm

        Since I was a nerd for most of my life, the reason for your absence is totally acceptable and apology accepted 😛 I look forward to seeing you around, oh and G’luck with that thesis of yours 🙂

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      • Prateek Kohli April 30, 2015 / 11:00 pm

        Hehe that’s done with now. So you’ll see a lot of me peeking into your posts 😉

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