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It’s Not That Time of the Year Without…

October 6, 2019

A surprised glance at the months gone by,

for just like last year

this year has also passed softly, lightly.

The perfect accompaniment for these deliciously nippy evenings.

Books left untouched on shelves

which, not too long ago, I swore ardently ‘to read’

A year older, a year wiser?

Change has crept up on me


For I may yet live

more expansively

in the days to come

I will not let these months pass

Without ridding

myself of heavy clutter

Without bonding

over cards

in houses twinkling with laughter and goodwill

Without looking

at an old space

and breathing new life.

Without affirming that

though I may seem the same,

my life the same,

my spaces the same

I have ridden the waves of Time

for even as I write this

I am not the same

my life is not the same

my spaces are not the same.

[WORDS DO MATTER! This post is written for the 3rd edition of #WordsMatter linkup hosted by Corinne, Parul and Shalini. The prompt for this edition of #WordsMatter linkup is ‘It’s not that time of the year without…’]

I received this tag from Anamika at It’s my pleasure to pass on this tag to Shinjini at There were 38 of us on this Blog Hop and it was spread over 3 days – 4, 5, 6 October 2019. Do follow the #WordsMatter Blog Hop, you’ll love our musings!


  • Reply Modern Gypsy October 6, 2019 at 6:30 am

    So true! From the outside looking in, it may appear as though nothing has changed. But each year, each day, changes us in small and subtle – and sometimes large and significant – ways.

  • Reply It's not that time of the year without... | Modern Gypsy October 6, 2019 at 6:35 am

    […] received this tag from Pragya. It’s my pleasure to pass on this tag to Vinitha. There are 38 of us on this Blog Hop, spread […]

  • Reply Unishta October 6, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful. Loved your spirit of enthusiasm.

    • Reply Pragya October 8, 2019 at 6:59 am

      Thanks! Now just need to keep it going until year end 🙂

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues October 6, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Lovely! I sense your resolve and it gives me new hope for my own life. Not to dwell on what didn’t happen, but to focus on all that is and can be.

    • Reply Pragya October 8, 2019 at 7:00 am

      Absolutely! I feel optimism always adds to the festive mood of the season.

  • Reply Obsessivemom October 7, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Most change creeps upon us and alters us while we’re not aware of it. Hope the coming year changes you, and us, only in good ways.

    • Reply Pragya October 8, 2019 at 7:01 am

      Here’s hoping for the same !

  • Reply Anamika Agnihotri October 7, 2019 at 10:07 am

    On the outset, it does like everything is the same as it is every month and every year but something somewhere – in us or around us, does change. And, I can go on and on about those unread books on the shelves which we had bought with the promise of ‘I will read as soon as I get home.’

    • Reply Pragya Bhatt October 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Blogging does help with ‘tracking’ changes that are happening!

  • Reply Vinitha October 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Beautifully written, Pragya. Changes are happening every second without our knowledge, even when we don’t see it happening. It’s a blessing to be in these moments and to look back at them years later.

    • Reply Pragya Bhatt October 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      True! Sometimes we value things only in retrospect, but better late than never.

  • Reply Shalzmojo October 8, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Now thats one poem defining resolve to get things done. You are right change just sneaks up on us and then either we get comfortable with the routine of it or we react and flounder at it. All the best for getting things done as planned Pragya.

    • Reply Pragya October 8, 2019 at 4:00 am


  • Reply Rajlakshmi October 9, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Change is good isn’t it? Beautiful write up.

  • Reply Esha M Dutta October 9, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I like the positive tone of your lovely poem, Pragya and the resolve that you will make the best of it in the days to come! We may not always like every change but some changes are absolutely essential for our growth and well-being! May those always lead us to better and more fulfilling lives.

  • Reply Sunita Saldhana October 10, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    This is really beautiful. “I have ridden the waves of time” absolutely quoteworthy!

  • Reply Jyothi Nair October 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Well said! Even if we feel that nothing is different from the years before, yet we grow with each passing year. We might not even realize it ourselves.

  • Reply Balaka Basu October 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    We often take for granted the ‘now’ and only after it is gone we realise how important or good it was. We change every single day but get to see the cumulative effect after a long time. I loved this poem and the indomitable spirit of this poem.

  • Reply Parul Thakur October 22, 2019 at 7:49 am

    This was beautiful Pragya. How change changes us but we don’t realize the small ways often. I loved reading your take and then how you ended this.
    So glad to read you on #WordsMatter. Have you joined the upcoming edition?

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