A Book is an open window..

* She said- A Book is an open window *

An open window lits the room,
No matter however gloomy it was.
Letting in the ray of light-
Vanishing all the darkness within.

One may remain within confines;
Yet be exposed to the things happening..
A Book teaches of a subject,
Light- the existence of an object.

You stand next to one,
Watching the serenes:
You see the Sunrise; the mark of a Dawn,
A trail of the horse- cart, even when gone..

I now write- to create a Window..
Would take long; but, one- I will..!

It would no longer matter then-
That I am locked up in a cell..
For that window would be my floor;
Opening me out- as a Door.

It would let the passersby 
discover me hidden deep inside!
The Window would then compete with the walls,
Standing Me strong- opposing them all.

I’d be set free of all the pain;
The humiliation, the anger, the disgust n the hurt..
Marking a beginning of a new life song-
One that I’ld sing with everyone along.

My Dear Mom, bless me again-
I’ve only started, the way’s far stretched.
I promise I won’t give up till I’m done;
I’ll adorn my victory- they’ll say “I have won..”


My Dear Mom,

This is what you often said when I was young- it’s your song I am singing here..
Since a last few days now, I have been wanting to Change My Destiny yet again! I now wonder, is this what you had always wanted to tell..? Did you know I’ll take to writing apparently..? Is this why you talked about a “Book” so often..? Did you want me to understand that My Writes will open me up from my captivity..? Liberating Me eventually?



This Post/Poem wins the The Perfect Poet Award for week- 31/October, 2010


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103 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Kavita
    May 20, 2011 @ 07:49:28

    Bless you, gal!! This is wonderful! Sometimes, the words of our loved ones just keep echoing in depths of our subconscious minds, and keeps surfacing and resurfacing… that’s a sign.. (or so I think)… and when you see such a sign, it’s really time to act on it too!

    This poem says it all! And so beautifully too… I really could see and feel you say this to your mom, sweetie… I am sure she is PROUD of you!


    • Olivia
      May 23, 2011 @ 14:38:13

      Kavzzz! Like always, you have noticed the essence this time too.. Indeed that’s how it has been at one point of time. I have written a huge post (in 3 parts) to express the same!

      Girl, you always manage to make a big smile sit on my face with your words here! Touched.. Thank you so much.. Hugs xoxoxox


  3. Mary
    May 18, 2011 @ 20:57:23

    This is a lovely tribute Olivia.


  4. Henry Clemmons
    May 18, 2011 @ 03:51:09

    A classic. I thank my mother for getting me hooked on reading as well. It’s like I was given a special key; a wisdom, that has set me apart. I love reading, especially your work.


  5. Helena
    May 17, 2011 @ 22:06:36

    Oh, my! That was truly touching Olivia. I have faith in you. A well deserved last October win!!


  6. Autumn
    May 17, 2011 @ 17:15:32

    Love this! Really beautiful! Good luck with your writing! It really does set you free! 🙂


  7. Tumblewords
    May 17, 2011 @ 10:35:22

    Tender and touching tribute. A delightful and inspirational read.


  8. lolamouse
    May 17, 2011 @ 07:04:54

    As you think of your mother when you write, I think of my grandmother. She loved books and wrote a lot of stories herself. I think it helped her deal with a lot of pain in her life. It’s a great way to express ourselves and much cheaper than therapy!


  9. Lyn
    May 17, 2011 @ 04:22:12

    Books are the light! Love your enlightening words..


  10. honeyhaiku
    May 17, 2011 @ 04:16:29

    Olivia, this is superb! Whew…what truth amongst these words.


  11. Andy
    May 16, 2011 @ 23:28:54

    Dearest Olivia,
    You definitely tugged at my heartstrings with this one. It’s filled with so much emotion.

    I hope by re-inventing yourself through your writing you find the peace, comfort and joy in life (and love) that you seek.

    Simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    Best wishes always.


  12. goldenhairbear10
    May 16, 2011 @ 20:15:17


  13. Judy Roney
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:59:14

    Your poem and letter to your mom touches me. I, too, see my reading and writing as you do. “I now write- to create a Window..
    ” I sometimes wonder what people do that don’t write.


  14. Mike Patrick
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 23:54:09

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.


  15. ladynimue
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 18:48:17

    I so much relate to this .. almost every line here connects me to the write and the books !


  16. Cosmos Cami
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 00:24:34

    This was a great tribute to what we all love.
    I liked reading just the bolded lines as well as all the content. I loved the stanza about being in a cell.


  17. Nanka
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 23:59:01

    That was so very touching and so beautifully expressed. May all your hopes and dreams come true!!
    Wishing you the very best!!


  18. danroberson
    Oct 30, 2010 @ 03:29:03

    The book has given you wings to fly away and escape to worlds beyond. Great combination of poetry and prose.


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  20. Ms. Peaches
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 16:23:55

    Olivia this is beautiful…I love your little “letter” at the end…windows are great doors indeed!


  21. dasuntoucha
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 04:22:50

    Thank you for sharing this piece…yes you most definitely will win!…felt.


  22. ashbeezone
    Oct 24, 2010 @ 08:34:05

    highly inspiring …
    Visit my poetry .. THE GRIEF …
    for week 31 RALLY

    !! HAPPY RALLY !!


  23. Keshav Ram Narla
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 13:52:07

    This is powerful
    For you
    I am Happy
    You can
    Write away
    the long drab

    Your poem brings a poem to me!


  24. Inez Salcido
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 11:59:24

    Captivating. I look forward to reading more 🙂


  25. likewine
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 22:23:05

    I completely agree with Uncle Tom’s comment here. She is with you indeed. Veyr touching poem.


  26. PinkLady
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 21:43:14

    olivia, you are a great read indeed! you outdid yourself in this poem. this is simply and truly a beautiful piece!

    A Tranquil Soul


  27. chamiechamz
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 13:50:14

    our mom sometimes knows best. Maybe you are destined to write a book. 😉 keep up the good work dear. 😉


  28. LeiffyV
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 10:42:57

    Fantastic, I loved it! I can’t tell you how much that resonated with me, a great feeling indeed! Thanks for sharing this, I am going to go to sleep feeling glad that I read this.


  29. A.B. Thomas
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 06:07:32

    A fantastic write! I really enjoyed the words and the feel; the bolded lines at the end felt as if I were to just to read those that they would lead me in another thought direction.


    • Olivia
      Oct 22, 2010 @ 09:48:45

      Thanks Anthony- this one is again very close to me. So, any comment is doubly charged for me.. Appreciate your stopping by and your words too.. 😀 Love xx


  30. Uncle Tree
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 05:17:14

    Your mother is watching over you, Olivia.
    Over, under, and on every side.

    Keeping things in perspective…
    straightening out priorities…
    to read or to write? Tough question.
    The more you read the better you’ll write.
    Guaranteed! Read through this one again
    very slowly, line by line. I got distracted by
    a couple of things right off. If it sounds like
    I’m being tough on you, well…I am. I like you!
    The looks of your home page are fab! You can do this.
    No need to hurry. No need to write 10,000 poems.
    Write 10 very, very good ones, and you’ll not be forgotten.

    Lots of love with this possibly unwarranted comment, my dear.
    And maybe a hug, too. 😉 Peace, UT


    • Olivia
      Oct 22, 2010 @ 09:45:13

      So sweet of you Dear and Thanks a very BIG bunch..
      What you said is just how it is- only most of us ignore. You are right- instead of whipping words- only a few good ones would make a mark.. I am at it..
      I do write proses in my different Blog too- would love you words there- whenever it suits you.. 🙂
      Hugs My Dear.. xx


  31. Inspired Destiny
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 03:08:15

    This is a lovely, thought provoking poem, great work!


  32. frayedges
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 01:35:55

    What an apt view. I write to see myself more clearly, but never connected it to books. Writing is a beautiful release and it will free you eventually Olivia. Just keep that pen moving.
    Love as always,


  33. Jamie Dedes
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 00:20:01

    Tears! You’ve ravaged my heart, Olivia. I think your mom’s answer to your questions would have been “yes.”

    Books save our lives, when we read them and when we write them. They help us to reinvent ourselves.

    Your poem is lovely for its honesty and simplicity …

    I look forward to our NaNo together.

    Blessing, sweet Olivia.

    Peace and Hugs,
    Jamie xx


    • Olivia
      Oct 22, 2010 @ 00:33:59

      My Dear sweet Jamie,

      Thankyou for answering those questions. Not many would dare to go around there.. You are so right about re- inventing through writing. Who would know it better than you..?

      Since evening, something was building up inside me. I am glad reading your words made me let me weep a couple of tears.

      I am sure you know it’s about to be able to convey, instead of writing it in any “trained” manner- since I am not.. 🙂
      Then again, my writing made me meet you too.

      I too look forward to our Writing month together.

      Thankyou for your wishes and BLESSINGS.. 😀
      Loads of Love to you too.. xxx


  34. megzone
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 22:28:37

    lovely one Olivia 🙂
    simply marvelous 😀
    and yes you shall get wat you want 🙂
    jus believe in the change that you want to bring about 😀


  35. Bodhirose
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 21:58:35

    This is beautiful and oh, so touching, Olivia. Either this person is in a real cell or a prison made within their mind–but a book can set you “free” no matter what has imprisoned you.

    I found this to be true when I was a child and my home life was so chaotic and unhappy.

    This really touched my heart…

    xoxo Gayle


    • Olivia
      Oct 21, 2010 @ 23:01:24

      This person captivated is Me!! Both within the situations and actually. It’s chaotic too. This has been since childhood. I definitely wish to step out of it. Because of the current situation, I spend my day, and days together- confined to my house. I only step out to buy groceries and veggies once a month. It’s been 3 years now.

      About creating a “window” is my trial to Write and make it through the “present”.. It’s like a mission for My Life. To be able to get noticed through My work and hence, get “freed” of all the bondage.

      You read it right Gayle- I am somewhat in a cell.. Much Love for you. Thanks a very big bunch that you read beyond my words- xoxox


      • Bodhirose
        Oct 21, 2010 @ 23:10:07

        I wish you success through your writing or whatever other tools you may have, to find the freedom that you deserve, Olivia. I hope that everyone here can be a great encouragement to you to find your way…

        You are doing a wonderful job with your writing. My writing is bringing me feelings of freedom too!

        With love,
        Gayle xoxo


        • Olivia
          Oct 21, 2010 @ 23:18:38

          Wow Gayle..
          I am super touched.. * Thank You * You felt it just the way I had wanted My Readers to!! It is pretty tough explaining situational chaos- Unless one has been through most of those.. One or two doesn’t really make you wiser.. It’s only when one’s doused into a thick puddle that he realizes that how 2 very basic elements can become dirty mud and drag you down..!!
          Wishing you the ultimate success- My Dear.. I am hoping you would emerge as a winner soon enough.. 😀

          Loads of Love for you xoxox


          • Bodhirose
            Oct 22, 2010 @ 00:23:39

            Dear Olivia,
            I always feel so good when I “get” what someone is trying to present in their writing. You know it’s sometimes hard to interpret what someone is trying to convey, but I’m happy that I understood your message.

            Reading and writing both have been very important to me my entire life. Both have given me a sense of freedom and have let me go beyond the confines of my situations at hand. Reading was especially helpful to me as a child.

            Now taking up writing recently has been another wonderful blessing. I sense it has been the same for you.

            Here’s to us both lifting ourselves from the “mud”!

            With love,
            Gayle xoxo


            • Olivia
              Oct 22, 2010 @ 00:26:57

              My Dear Gayle,

              You just echoed what I was being hesitant about. I won’t add anymore since you have written exacyly what’s been with m and in my mind..
              – To both of us here- a big CHEERS..!!

              So much Love- xoxox

  36. thoughtsnotlost
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 21:31:33

    “I now write- to create a Window to myself..”



  37. umasanthy
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 20:56:38

    A beautiful poem,perfect picture,in simple words….elegant and best!


  38. Someone Is Special
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 17:45:03

    Wonderfully written about Homesick.. So good Olivia.. Loved it..

    Happy Rally

    –Someone Is Special–


    • Olivia
      Oct 21, 2010 @ 18:08:12

      Hi Dear,

      Feeling “Homesick” is not what I have written about.. Please check the summary- it would say it all..!! Perhaps, you should read this for reference- As I Am
      Thanks for reading My Tribute to My Mom, she is no more Alive.


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  40. just another girl
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 09:17:04

    homesickkkkk. nicely written!


    • Olivia
      Oct 21, 2010 @ 09:54:50

      Carol Dear, I couldn’t visit your Site since it’s a protected Blog

      It isn’t about feeling homesick. Check the bottom of the post- summary says it all.

      I lost my mom when I was 17, my dad had abandoned us when I was 12. I had taken hardships at an age when one is hardly aware of any worldly matter. I come from a very well to do lineage and yet had lived a Life that one would be scared to dream of- much less anticipate.

      Perhaps, you should read this for reference- As I Am

      Thanks for stopping by.. 🙂


      • just another girl
        Oct 21, 2010 @ 20:43:35

        i live away from home and it just makes me miss my mom.
        try sh3lo73sh3r.wordpress.com
        that’s my public blog 🙂


        • Olivia
          Oct 21, 2010 @ 20:48:33

          hmmm this works- thank you sweetheart- might as well share the same link with Jingle’s site Thursday Poetry Rally too.. 🙂
          I thought as much- mom’s are the best thing that happens to us.. 😀
          Oh- I already visited you.. 😀


  41. Caribbean Fool
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 08:49:32

    Great entry as always. Very searching poem; glad you posted it. There is definitely a strong theme running through your recent writings. Never fails to impress upon reading.



    • Olivia
      Oct 21, 2010 @ 09:08:13


      You are one sweet being always reading me through and clear!! I am amazed at times. Yeah! it’s been on my mind for a little over week now.. Thank you for liking My Writes ‘coz they are often limited to my perception alone!!

      Love- xox


  42. Morganna
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 07:47:49

    Lovely poem. Keep up the good work.


  43. RiikaInfinityy 마왕
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 07:44:24

    Awww that is really touching…wonderful words and true indeed, I will do so as well! lovely tribute =D~


  44. Scent of my heart
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 02:59:03

    I really enjoy reading your poems, so much to learn, so much to feel and see!


    • Olivia
      Oct 21, 2010 @ 09:04:13

      Gosh.. Blaga- girl, I am so humbled at your expression of views about My Poems.. 😀 So far, I have only tried non- fiction. I mean they are all a part of Me, my Mind and my Life.. not any imagination. Just don’t get that intense feel while imagining things..!! Then again- that’s my Limitation..

      Thankyou for your words here- xox


      • Scent of my heart
        Oct 21, 2010 @ 11:57:16

        We all have some limitations, after all we are human beings it’s logical and normal. I for example when very happy,but happy in a calm and content way, when I’ve reached peace with something … can not write a word, not even one single little word and even if I do it feels like dead words with no sense attached! 🙂 So I guess with everyone of us is different! But it doesn’t matter fiction or not I admire you for your talent! Thank you very much for your visit to my entry! Much, much appreciated!


        • Olivia
          Oct 21, 2010 @ 17:24:29

          You sound like me- when you say you can’t write when at peace.. LOLsss Thankyou once again for appreciating me- I am a newbie in Blog- land. No doubt I am enjoying my travel here.. This was as if calling me from long..
          I would always be grateful to fate since it brought so many nice people together to me- YOU included!! I couldn’t have asked for a better Life.. xx


          • Scent of my heart
            Oct 21, 2010 @ 19:27:47

            I absolutely understand you …as my blog is very new too only one and a half months and the people I met here are so nice and friendly, they complete the rest of my life to one happy journey on the roads of this complicated world 🙂 keep in touch Olivia 🙂 xoxox


  45. Gabriela Abalo
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 01:14:10

    writing a book is a way to star afresh – you can clear all things up and listen to your soul.

    Thanks for sharing part of you journey and tribulations



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  47. Jingle
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 23:36:44

    lovely tribe to your dear mom,
    she is right,
    keep rocking…
    Thanks for the participation….
    have fun!



  48. Jingle
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 23:35:47

    true words,
    love the way you present your idea.
    I love books, love your poem about book too.


    • Olivia
      Oct 20, 2010 @ 23:39:17

      Your words mean a lot to me.. You are so special for more than 1 reasons.. I’ll sum them all someday.. 🙂 Thankyou so much.. mwaah xox


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  51. sareeta
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 16:47:33

    Like they say..don’t judge a book by its cover and especially when it is open….since you can’t see the cover..you take in whatever you can glimpse through the window and you are lost in the depth of its words… Olivia, however you are right…books are the windows to the world…however small it might be!!!! I love reading your blogs always…. love you :))


    • Olivia
      Aug 26, 2010 @ 16:54:22

      Rita Didi, I am so blessed. I have always looked up to you as my Idol.. It feels great to read words from you on my Lines.. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting..

      Love you so much back..


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