Monday, July 25, 2005


So many thoughts
In so many colors
Lists and lists
Follow the Order
Sometimes a road block
Or an altered view
But it’s all okay
And it’s all not new


And then the tide turns
And along comes a bout
And all the old worries
They cancel each other out
And I merrily go with the flow
To see what’s in store
Knowing there’s change
And that there will be more
‘Cos it’s a very bad plan
That isn’t written to accommodate
The twists and the turns
Of fantastic fate!


Blogger VC said...

Yaay! FTC.
Gabby - Your poetry standards must be going down. I actually liked this one.

4:12 PM  
Blogger VC said...

Yaay! STC also.
Just to explain my prev comment - I am not exactly, what you would call, a connoisseur of poetry. No, really! I am not. Sooooo, if u have written one which I liked, then........u get the idea.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Hey Gabby, nice one ... I loved it, particularly in my current state of affairs *grin*

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Ashok said...

Excellent. And so true.

5:45 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

How true... *sigh*

Thanx for the comment on mine...

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put Gabby. I love the last 4 lines. Lovely!


7:05 PM  
Blogger AmitL said...

And,I merrily go with the flow....way to go,Gabby,definitely.:)How about u?And,what brought about this bit of poetic splendour?(Just wondering)

8:46 PM  
Blogger Suhail said...

And all the old worries
They cancel each other out..

Excellent! There is an Urdu verse(sher), with the exact same the tip of my tongue (or u know back of my head)...just ain't coming out right now. Will let ya know when it does (& u dint answer my last kweschan?)

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

Nice poem. Made me think for a long time on how to introduce a reference to water-proof pants in response, but I give up :-)

10:16 PM  
Blogger Surinder said...

wonderful !! really wonderfully expressed !! .

thats how we should live .. cos i do feel that everything that happens .. happens fo your own good .. so just flow with it ... with a smile :)

12:01 AM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

Thats how the ball usually rolls Aye gabby :) thats why promises break and plans usually take us to another destination... where we think we dont want to do but where we actually are supposed to be... till your next plan.. keep moving

12:35 AM  
Blogger phatichar said...

A bad plan it seems
But it wasn't meant to be a plan
That what we know as fate
was how it all began
It was written into each soul
as it began it's journey
It was a road map from start to finish
An invisible one that couldn't diminish
It changes though, with each milestone
much like a treasure hunt for that much coveted bone
Just go with the flow
Like you merrily like to do
This one's a journey
That we all are meant to make
The trick is to not know
What it is that's at stake
"Sometimes a road block
Or an altered view
But it's all okay
And it's all not new"

*Runs and hides for cover* :)

1:40 AM  
Blogger Prerona said...

Vie ... very sweet words :)

5:08 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

vc - Got it, thanks. Can we just say my poems are getting more lucid or something? That way, both the quality of my poems and your general intelligence come out in so much better a light :)

Ash - Yes there seems be a lot of that going on. Modification of plans...I guess that's why those lines jumped out to my blog. Thanks.

Ashok, Anti, Peggy - Thanks! Anti, out of the doldrums yet?

Amit - Changes in my plans...and I din't have time to write a story about it :)

Suhail - Do let me know when it makes it's way to the fromt of your head. I LOVE Urdu verse.

5:32 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

zoheb bhai - it's time to up your crank-factor. missing it, missing it. Oil those wheels now! & thanks!

surinder - Thanks, though I did make it sound easierthan it sometimes is, no?

Pallavi - And yet we don't stop making plans :)

phatichar - So you're telling me it might not all be REALLY okay, huh? We just don't know what could have been...hmmm. Worth a thought. But what we don't know can't really hurt us. And that smile, it can come only if we at least think that we did get a good deal after all...just helps. By the way, the verse on the top, is that yours? Nicely put!

ricercar - Thanks much!

5:40 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Suhail - Sorry I missed answering your question. I guess you called me "aunty" somewhere in there...warning: I usually leave in a huff right after that. But considering your good-old-visitor status, I'll let it go this one time :). Yes, you can email me. At

5:46 AM  
Blogger Rash said...


6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gabby, it's lovely! Yes, yes and yes. Change IS the only thing that's constant..


6:09 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

rash :)

Shobha - Thanks girl. Sometimes though I wish it would just slow down a bit...don't you?

6:57 AM  
Blogger Arunima said...

umm, hope the fate is fantastic. With the twist and turns, at times it becomes somethign else :-)

7:14 AM  
Blogger phatichar said...

Yep, verse belongs to yours truly. No, but what I meant was it's pre-ordained...

"The trick is to not know
What it is that's at stake"

This kinda reflects what you said about not hurting about things unknown..and that's how it's meant to be.

Oh well...

7:18 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

nice ! so r u a "poetist" ?? :p

7:59 AM  
Anonymous interested said...

Good work Gratis. So plans getting diverted huh?

8:11 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

arunima - Yes. You know, I first had whimsical/eccentric I guess I meant fantastic as in "unbelievable" more so than "excellent"...

phatichar - Good, I feel better now. My optimist friend is back :)

pingoo - Am I? I guess I am one now :) Are you a "patron"?

interested - Yes and No. Or are we just working to keep you "interested" ? :) Glad you like it.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put. I am reminded of:

"It is a bad plan that admits of no modification." — Publilius Syrus

10:27 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Hey Anon, I just googled Publilius Syrus and found out he had several smart things to say and this was in ~100BC!!

Ah...and it takes so long for the likes of me....and yet so much redundancy... It took the dude only 10 words :)

11:59 AM  
Anonymous burf said...

i know i cant even write .90% of what you have written ;) but frankly speaking i find your poetry not even 3 light years close to ur text

soree :D

12:49 PM  
Blogger Huma said...

Better management skills. Yeah that’s what ya need...hmmm I think so... :(

1:20 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

burf - The prose is ahead I assume you're saying? Ah, well, something for everyone and somethings for me!

huma - So the poem did not showcase my excellent adaptability? I thought it showed that off more than it did my poet-skills! LOL! Too bad...well at least I'm not completely falling apart. Still have time to blog :)

1:59 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: Guess I am wallowing in it, but hopefully soon!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Peg said...

Here! Here! Spoken with the wisdom of the ages!!

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic indeed! :)


10:15 PM  
Blogger manuscrypts said...

absolutely, and so Plan B :)

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow ! So true and very well written..!
- :)

3:06 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: sent you an email...

8:19 PM  
Blogger Khushee said...


Have a great weekend!

12:29 AM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

nice :)..true..fate has so many turns and twists that we cant even fathom..

BTW what fate made alpha take the plunge? (asking this here coz i expect her here)..

5:23 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: Actually that (Twilight Fairy's question) was why I emailed you too...

7:34 AM  
Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee said...

The twists and turns are always planned for... just that we miss the fine print.

Good poem, gratisgab.

7:41 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Thanks so much all of you! It's very encouraging...I'm a little excited about poems nowadays so you know who to blame if ya'll are OD-ed with poems on this blog from now on...:)

t fairy, anti - relax. alpha is taking a break from blogdrive, not from us. so there's still a lot to look forward too..some good, some bad, knowing alpha! Hee Hee!

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Nice!


9:08 AM  
Blogger shub said...

hee hee...cute:)
i'm actually tryin to sing it in tune! :)

10:04 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

thanks Neha!

shub - that's an idea! :)

2:47 PM  
Blogger Rhyncus said...

I don't understand, I come back after a couple of weeks of keeping dry and what do I see? Lee's photographing leftovers, Alpha's closed her page and you are getting verse! Why??

11:50 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

I'm getting verse?!!!! Rhyncus!!! Repeat after me

"Gabby is INTO verse. And I DID NOT mean anything else."

Welcome back. Staying afloat? Blogging on a floating desktop I see...

12:29 PM  
Anonymous sqrl/nt said...

Disappeared, have we?

8:16 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Just to appear again...:)

9:26 AM  

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