First and foremost, I offer my humble tributes to @john_solomon and @kehta_hai_joker whose poems have contributed a lot to the mirakee world. May their soul rest in peace . And I express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who came up with this amazing haiku contest on social issues . Hope I can do some justice. In the below haikus, I've tried to highlight the impact of substance abuse and alcoholism in the society.
Being responsible for over 5% of all deaths, alcohol and substance abuse is the FOURTH LEADING CAUSE of preventable deaths worldwide. Alcohol addiction or alcoholism occurs when the individual has a drive to use alcohol, regardless of the unwanted consequences. The substance has significant power to rewire the brain and create a physical dependence, leading to severe withdrawal symptoms when alcohol use is stopped. Both legal and illegal drugs have chemicals that can change how your body and mind work. They can give you a pleasurable “high,” ease your stress or help you avoid problems in your life. But when used in excess, this becomes a huge problem.
Alcohol use disorders can result in many physical, psychological and social effects ranging from weight gain and liver dysfunction to DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, loss of income, unemployment and damage to unborn children. Alcohol use disorder frequently co-occurs with several other mental health conditions like DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and antisocial personality disorder. Here are some alarming statistics:
■ 50% of all suicides, and over 50% of all violent crimes are cause by alcohol and/or drugs.
■Over 50% of all traffic accidents involve alcohol or drugs.
■80% of all domestic violence reports are somehow related to alcohol or drugs.
All these make it evident that excess addiction to alcohol or drugs is ultimately DETRIMENTAL to the individual and the society as a whole. Understanding alcohol use and seeking available resources are instrumental ways to diminish the influence of alcohol. Being a doctor myself, I've seen so many cases of alcohol addiction and have come to realise that it's not just the individual who suffers, but the family as well. Often wives are at the receiving end of brutal domestic violence in the hands of their husbands under the influence of alcohol. I've been often moved to tears watching their plight.
The only way we can bring this social evil to an end is by raising awareness. Teaching children from a young age the harmful effects of addiction and teaching them when to stop becomes very important. And yes, seeking help. Alcohol addiction is COMPLETELY CURABLE. If you know anyone who is suffering from alcohol or sustance addiction, seek help immediately instead of condemning them. Rehabilitation centers and social groups like "Alcoholics Anonymous" have played an important role in saving millions from the detrimental effects of alcohol and drugs. I hope and pray that by instilling awareness on this issue among all age groups and by nurturing a compassionate society in the future, we can bring this social evil to an end .
Her eyes look like unheard stories As I gaze into them Brilliant blue eyes Exuding an enigmatic aura That of a scarred soul Who has witnessed Unimaginable hurdles But filled with steel grit Who has braved the Chaotic storms in her life And emerged strong An embodiment of a Strong woman!
Her eyes meet mine For a fraction of a second Before she walks away Into the distance Lost in thought Probably ruminating on The mysteries of life!
As the snow melts She arrives Draping the earth in Her colourful robes An embodiment of joy Flowers bloom and dance To her vibrant rhythm Her child like antics Engulfing sorrow in totality!
Her warmth slowly spreads Making way for the Radiant summer exuding affection Inviting butterflies to exhibit Its exotic dance moves, Melodious chirping of birds And buzzing of bees A musical saga - as she matures Into a teenager and then a young adult!
As she matures further She becomes solemn Shedding her vibrant attire To a more sombre one Adorning shabby yellow robes She enters into contemplation Weeding out all negativities Within her in the form of Shedding leaves!
************************************ She was a lovely Vast expanse of blue draping Mother Earth with her magical hues Her pristine waters Reflecting the skies overhead Providing the ideal ambience For the romantic soul!
Her brother, the chivalrous sun Visits her from dawn till dusk His sunrays exuding warmth Protecting her from All sorts of danger!
Her lover, the mysterious moon Visits her silently every night Ripples of passion Putting her soul on fire In the form of raging waves!
Her womb is bedecked with Colorful corals, reef Jellyfish, starfish and Other amazing flora and fauna Giving birth to an amazing Treasure trove nurtured by her, The loving compassionate mother!
I am learning to string the vermillion sunsets and Mumbai's lavender skylines in fragments of debonair vocabulary and poetic devices to festoon it around my collarbones where I hide the "original to some extent" version of my persona.
I am learning not to steal "the reason of breathing for one more day" from that 7 years old ligneous photo frame on my maroon wall where I gave birth to my first poetry. I am learning to wear some divergent hues of imageries by T.S Eliot, to escape the tenebrosity of reality.
I am learning to disappear because it hurts to be so different, it hurts to be a poet.
I'm learning to knock sun over my lids after every fall from the time this pandemic stretched away my dreams, those ochreous rays asunder into few message notifications that grasps my soul into another blink.
I'm learning to slip my star-crossed palm-lines into hands that will hold them for eternity, I'm trying to build my broken home again in a heart that'll never sow coldness but the warmth of love that'll never need any liberty. ~Purva
Ps - Firefly: Symbolic meaning of the firefly has a lot to do with magic. ... Fireflies remind us that we've got to let our light shine to be seen and attract the good stuff we desire in our lives. The symbolic meaning of the firefly of course deals with light, illumination and the like. (Google)