Heaven comes after death

Rocky was the terrain, too hard to walk on
In the absence of guides, ventured into unknown
Unable to find talent, he developed the skill
Excruciating pain in feet, neglected by eyes filled with thrill

Distant images of leaves, a faint crashing of waves
Inspiration was scarce, but the madness craves
The smell of winning, overpowering the fatigue
Not anymore was he, in reason’s league

Β He lifted the cup of life, with his bruised hand
The suffering slipping away, like desert sand
A grin traveled through, scars and sweat
Skies reached, only after the clouds’ threat

He had to fall, while learning to fly
To experience heaven, he had to die

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51 thoughts on “Heaven comes after death

  1. barrira May 23, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Such brilliance! I loved this! *applause* xD
    Seems like without pain there isn’t much that comes our way, stumbling and bruises make the journey much more worth the result.

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    • Prateek Kohli May 23, 2015 / 7:29 pm

      Thank you Barrira. I was hoping you’d like it. You probably unknowingly inspired this post πŸ˜‰ Your reaction made me glad. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  2. insapphicsunshine May 23, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    “He had to fall, while learning to fly
    To experience heaven, he had to die”

    Powerful poem! Beautifully written!
    I might have rendered it bare
    had I plucked everything I admired there
    in its stanzas
    and carefully chosen words!
    But that ending couplet
    polished the shine
    I heard

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you so very much, Claudia. Your lovely words of appreciation made my day. It was really amazing to see a comment in the same writing style which is seen in your beautiful poetry πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment πŸ™‚

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      • insapphicsunshine October 1, 2015 / 7:01 pm

        Greetings Prateek,
        You are indeed welcome! Do forgive me for this tardy reply. No excuse outside of me being MIA, traipsing in other lilies of the field, welding a camera and sashaying up and down the runway in my mind’s eye.
        Ooops!
        Thanks for the neat response. No one has ever commented that “It was really amazing to see a comment in the same writing style which is seen in your beautiful poetry.” πŸ˜€ Muchas gracias!!! Bowing, grinning and spinning!
        Will stop in soon!

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  3. AdiC May 24, 2015 / 3:20 am

    I read somewhere – What if after you die, God asks, “How was Heaven?”.
    Completely unrelated to your beautifully penned poem, but this just struck my mind while reading. Probably worth a discussion some day.

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 7:46 pm

      Haha then I’ll tell God, ‘It was okayish. But the apsara was really just a pencil making company?’
      And thank you πŸ˜€

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      • AdiC May 26, 2015 / 2:14 am

        I love your sense of humor!! Smiling start to my morning. Again πŸ˜€

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  4. Aakansha May 24, 2015 / 5:25 am

    I guess lifting the trophy was worth the battle.

    Great work, really. πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 7:55 pm

      Precisely. As someone said, extra-ordinary things are not achieved by normal people. Something extra-ordinary has to be done for them πŸ™‚
      And its always a sense of achievement when appreciated by you πŸ™‚

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  5. Amulya May 24, 2015 / 5:26 am

    “He had to fall, while learning to fly
    To experience heaven, he had to die”
    Beautiful!!

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Kritika. Yaay πŸ˜€
      But perfectly? Navjot Siddhu would get offended. He stated a few days ago that the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement πŸ˜›

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      • Kritika Vashist May 25, 2015 / 8:05 pm

        To me it is. Let me not start with what all that he does offend us and the world. The list would be long, ya know! πŸ˜‰

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      • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 8:10 pm

        I am really humbled then. It would then become my favorite comment ^_^
        And okay, Guruuu matt hona shuruuu πŸ˜›

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  6. janhavi1916 May 24, 2015 / 9:05 am

    “To experience heaven he had to die”

    WOW!!!!!

    Brilliant work.. Take a bow…

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Hi, Janhavi. Thank you so much for stopping by and the beautiful words of encouragement. It really means a lot. Hope to see you here again πŸ™‚

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  7. izza ifzaal May 25, 2015 / 6:36 am

    I was like wow ,wow & wow πŸ™‚
    wahhh! πŸ˜›

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Hehe! Thank you so much favorite poetess. Aapke lavz to din bana gaye! Shukria dher sara πŸ˜€
      Inshah Allah aise hi wow-moments milti rahen aapko ^_^

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      • izza ifzaal May 26, 2015 / 4:38 am

        Hahahah sure..I ll be waiting prateek πŸ™‚

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  8. shefalijha May 25, 2015 / 7:45 am

    Wow…. Wait, What do they say… MAGNUM OPUS πŸ™‚ Loved it…. πŸ™‚
    “He had to fall, while learning to fly
    To experience heaven, he had to die”…. simple yet so beautiful πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      I am humbled, Shefali as these words come from someone so good in expressing words. Your comment really made me smile πŸ™‚

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  9. shambhavi31 May 25, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    Wow! It’s so beautiful. Never to give up. I had to hear these words. Thank you so much for this. πŸ™‚ An apt post, for the situation I am in. Not to give up, no matter what! To achieve something we have to sacrifice, can’t have feet in two boats.

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Thank you so much Jadu πŸ˜‰
      Though I am glad this helped, but I hope all is well at your end?

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      • shambhavi31 June 18, 2015 / 6:35 pm

        Great! Happy to hear that! πŸ˜€ Delhi treating you right boy?

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      • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 6:46 pm

        I actually referred to you coming back on wordpress πŸ˜›
        But yah, Delhi is good if we forget the heat :/

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      • shambhavi31 June 18, 2015 / 6:56 pm

        Oooh O_o haha πŸ™‚ Yay! sorry, for the late reaction! πŸ˜€ Oh ya, it’s very hot over there -_- I keep hearing that. Try not to get fried, sun is on the roll, monsoon should start, it’s high time. 😦

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      • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 7:03 pm

        Hahaha! I’ll try my best. But if I fail, would you like to have fried or tandoori? πŸ˜€

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      • shambhavi31 June 18, 2015 / 8:42 pm

        Haha πŸ˜€ Tandoori! But, hey I will miss your funny posts and thoughts! I can sacrifice the urge and stick to chicken! πŸ˜€

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  10. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder May 25, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    This is an excellent imagery of the journey called life. You’ve portrayed every man’s happiness, sorrow, determination and the urge to live…to complete the journey. A BRILLIANT work, this is…. πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli May 25, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      How amazing it feels to get such an insightful comment from such a beautiful writer. It is heartening to see you giving an accurate gist of what I wanted to convey. Thank you is all I can say but your encouragement means a lot πŸ™‚

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  11. writeitdown May 25, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    “Unable to find talent, he developed the skill…not anymore was he, in reason’s league…he had to fall, while learning to fly”

    This makes the heart sink and elevate at the same time(:

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  12. Shreya Khandelwal May 31, 2015 / 6:55 am

    Wow! This is amazing.This piece explains so well how without pain, there is no gain. And how we need to keep trying, keep exploring, keep walking on the thorny paths to achieve victory. We need to keep striving even when “Inspiration was scarce, but the madness craves”.

    And the last two lines, Oh My, Awesome!

    “He had to fall, while learning to fly
    To experience heaven, he had to die”

    Also, I expressed a similar sort of sentiment in the poem “Why don’t you fly”.

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    • Prateek Kohli May 31, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      I am so much glad to see your lovely and insightful comment! Thank you so much for taking the time out, Shreya. It really meant a lot.
      And I remember that wonderful poem very well. I think it was the first one I saw at your blog. The simple question you asked there made every obstacle so simple to overcome πŸ™‚

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