Amende Honorable – Vale

Standin’ on the edge of the balcony,

I stare out into the cold ‘n dead darkness.

Cold wind blows through the lifeless street,

Bidding farewell with sadness, the Moon

Extends towards the horizon, dipping away.

Clock’s ticking ‘n ticking, way past 3,

Looking down into the endless void, I,

Nod along as the voice speaks to me.

“Go ahead”, the Devil says, as he,

Grins at me, cursing my soul ‘n life.

Cold, sadistic, deceiving ‘n masochistic,

For I, the son of Devil himself,

Egress ‘n regress to me old self.

“I implore mercy, oh thee Satan”,

Disappearing, as I, from humanity,

Exanimate and lacklustre, it is.

Falling into the void, as I,

Scribble my own life’s ‘Script’.

Nothing is real, apprehending as I,

Feel sorry for all my sins, and,

Remorsing for bein’ evil ‘n immoral.

“Apologies for breaking your heart, baby.

Apologies for lying to you, baby.

Apologies for leaving you, baby.

Apologies for being heartless, baby.

Apologies for being… me, baby.”

Saying, as I, realize I am just different.

Closing my eyes, as I desiderate,

Her warmth, her love, her arms.

Wanting to hold onto her, as I,

Finally let go off the good.

Perceiving that everything fades, as I,

Drop onto the floor, as life escapes,

Out of me, as I pass into oblivion.

For I, gone like the winter wind, ‘n,

Forever ceasing to exist.

Transitioning into my limbo, as I,

Bid adieu to you, my life, and humanity.

 


 

“Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44

 


 

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SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VOWS TAKEN BY THE GROOM AND THE BRIDE

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 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VOWS TAKEN BY THE GROOM AND THE BRIDE
Marriage is beautiful. Marriage is sacred. Marriage is holy and divinely established convenant. There is no more important commitment in time or eternity than marriage. Marriage is the thread that ties the fate and the lives of two individuals together in order to form a meaningful existence for both of them. All the Indian weddings have a plethora of rituals and traditions. Every ritual has its own significance and cannot be done away with. 

All the ceremonial rituals revolves around the main one which is termed as ‘Saptapadi’ (Sapta-seven, Padi- steps). There are seven mantras in Sanskrit that the bride and the groom utter in order to take the seven vows of the wedding, while walking around the sacred fire, seven times. 

In the First Vow, the groom promises to provide food and happiness to the bride and their children. However, the bride in return promises to take all the responsibilities for the home, food and finance. They concisely promise each other ‘prosperity’. 

For the Second Vow, the groom says that together they will protect their house and their children. And the bride promises to stand by him as his strength. 

During the Third Vow, the groom is basically wishing that they grow wealthy and in return the bride states that she will love him solely and every other man in her life would be secondary. 

In the Fourth Vow, the groom says that the bride has brought sacredness and completeness into his life. May they be blessed with noble and obedient children. In return, the bride promises to shower him with all the joy, from head to toe. 

During the Fifth Vow, the groom says that the bride is his best friend and staunchest well-wisher. On the other hand, the bride promises to be with him in  the times of happiness and the sorrows. Also, that she would trust and honour him. 

For the Sixth Vow, the groom questions the bride whether she will be there filling his heart with happiness. And in return, the bride promises to be there forever. 

For the last and the Seventh Vow, the groom says that they are now husband and wife for eternity. And the bride accepts the proclamation and says that God is witness and they will love, cherish and honour each other forever. 

These vows hold the significance of devotion, lifelong commitment, mutual love and respect.  That is how they are tied together, until death separates them apart.

Written by: Aayushi Goyal

A Formidable Fantasy

I wake up in a dark room,
Surrounded by black walls, and a mirror
Stands in the center of the room, with
A bulb on top, very dim lighted.
Getting up as I move towards the mirror,
I see my reflection, smiling widely.
Stretching my hand, as I touch the mirror.
Being swallowed by the mirror, my fingers,
Turning to escape, I, get interrupted,
Turning back, I see, a mouth-less creature.
Staring at it, I realize, it is waving at me.
My spine goes cold as I turn scared and frightened.
The creature walks near the mirror, as it,
Withdraws a knife from it’s pocket,
Staring at it, I wonder, it wishes to do.
The creature places the knife amid it’s head,
Staring at me, it pushes the knife inside,
The knife, piercing it’s forehead, gushes out blood.
Noticing the blood, I wince in pain, as I
Bleed from my forehead. Blood gushes and spurts,
Erupting heavily as I whimper of pain.
The creature, pulling out another shank,
Positions the knife, front o’ it’s neck.
I shriek out, I adjure it to stop,
Looking at me, shaking its head,
Slowly, it, thrusts the knife into it’s throat.
I whimper, tears rush out my eyes,
It thrusts the knife furthermore,
I scream loudly, my eyes open as I,
Spot self on bed, panting heavily,
Afraid and glad, to not be dead.

Snowfall

Empty room, no lights,

Sitting by the windowsill, as I

Watch nature’s most beautiful creation fall, slowly

As it descends towards the cold surface, I

Extend outwards to seize it, as it,

Falls on my stretched palm and slips the next moment,

Smiling widely, I watch it fall out of my palm,

Twinkling and glittering, as it soothes my heart,

A weird feeling, it incites into me,

A smile forming up from the end of my lips,

I blink as I continue to watch it tumble down,

So elegant, so beautiful, so natural,

A snowflake, it is, just a mere flake

Yet it makes my heart jolly-up like never before,

It is as if, it desires to speak to me,

It desires to hold my hand n’ never let go,

It desires to hold me in it’s arms,

It desires to kiss my skin,

Yet I watch it slip out of my palm,

As soon as it lands and I begin to clench.

Such a beautiful thing it is, to watch

Something so elegant appear out of simplicity.

A voice inside me speaks, it speaks,

It wants me to absorb myself into this,

This, perfect imperfection of nature.

Standing on the windowsill, as I, step forward,

Turning around and plummeting into beauty,

Immense beauty, so adorably amazing,

Magnificent, pleasing and alluring,

Closing my eyes, as I absorb the beauty of it,

As a voice speaks softly, I hear,

Don’t worry and smile, it says,

Into my dark vision, a face appears,

A beautiful face, with ravishing eyes,

And gorgeous lips, it says,

I will love you like no one else,

It says, I will hold you – forever.

I welcome, I welcome this unknown voice,

This unknown face, I welcome it,

Opening my heart, as I, let it reach,

To the depth of my blackened heart,

A touch, I feel, on my heart,

It sparks light, colors, beauty,

A ray of color, among the darkness,

I wonder, another mirage or reality.

Opening my eyes, I see, this face,

This graceful face, as it, holds that o’ mine,

Smiles charmingly, as it, a feeling,

Happiness creeps up to my face, as I, smile back.

 

 


 

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Inanimate Mortal

Now I’m back in my Fatherland,

With the Crown on my head

And Fiends all ’round me

Yet it doesn’t feel so much as a home.

A fading shadow, calling out

Slight trembling inside my heart

Reach out, as I

Pulls me in, it, as if

Planning to save me, yet

Ends up terminating, o’

The last breath of mine, it.

Fall, I, into the abyss

This darkness, the void, the brink of life

It’s soothing, it’s relaxing

I accept, I accept

As I fall deeper and deeper

Reaching closer to the end,

But darkness, it has no end.

Yet this feels like, it

Has an end, to itself

Is it darkness in its purest form, o’

It is figment of imagination, of mine.

To know life, is to know death.

To know light, is to know darkness.

This abyss, a voice, it talks

To me, o’ it talks, it does.

Close my eyes, I,

Respire, as my heart pounds heavily.

Stretch my arm out, as I,

Hold onto darkness, my dear friend.


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The Homecoming

“As the darkness takes over me,

I drown into oblivion.

Completely stupefied of my existence,

I question the mysterious reality.”

 

 

 
A mischievous mirror stares at me,

As I lean in to hunt my own reflection.

All my eyes perceive is a faceless beast,

Immortal yet so mortal, in his heart.

Speaks to me, he, as I follow him.

Into the world of evil, he takes me,

Guiding my path, writing my destiny,

Welcoming me to his humble abode.

A place with no shadows, only darkness,

With no happiness, only grief,

With no love, only hatred,

With no life, only death.

Claiming the throne, as I,

Stumble onto dead souls,

Crawling past the heartless beasts

Calling upon Satan, I, proclaim my homecoming.

 

 

 

 

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The Unfathomable Me

Standing in the darkness

An evil grin, he reflects

Bloody hands, he

Strikes terror within.

Closing my eyes, I

Fall into this terrifying abyss

Dissolving me in itself

Taking me back 6 years.

Wake to that nightmare, everyday

Curse myself for being there, I

Abhore my existence

For that nightmare eats me up.

Wishing it wasn’t real, I

Close my eyes again

Finally waking up, as I

Look around the darkness

Smiling at a silhouette, I

Reflect an evil grin.

 

 

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