The Jar of Belief

Sometimes the most bizzare situations bring home valuable lessons. The dark abyss often needs just a shaft of sunlight and Voila! The trench lights up instantly.
Last evening while watching my daughter participate in a pretend play it struck me how we simply need a dash of belief to add value to nothing.
Life brings worthy lessons in the most uncustomary ways.
A slice from a pretend play, titled ‘The Jar of Belief’

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(Image credit: bennett tobias, UNSPLASH)

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The ‘ charger’ was ready

he happily neighed

As a knee-high soldier

silently prayed

The invisible army

was all set to move

When they heard a loud

clatter of hooves

‘Savdhaan sena!’* the commander bellowed

The enemy seems close to the willows’

The Marshall and his tiny soldier

then picked up their swords

Widow makers from nearby trees

they had cleverly stored

Camouflaged in a thicket

their bearings pretty clear

The Commander in the centre

positioned without fear

The fanciful army

waited in the wings

Should the Commander and his soldier fall

it would be immediately called in

They fought with valour

striking the enemy down

Two boys in battered clothes

who lived in shanty town

Their horse was a rip-off

of the courser light and strong

Their armours bare chests

carrying tucked away songs

And yet they cackled and played

and often ran wild

Spun a million stories

of unicorns that smiled

They also built an army

that stood by their side

Whisked off the enemy

that had barged inside

With everything in nothing

they filled their jars with ‘belief’

The mystic healing potion

for countless seasons of grief

Sonia Dogra

* Savdhaan- careful; sena- army

39 Comments on “The Jar of Belief

  1. The jar of belief is indeed having the magic potion and power to heal griefs. Crisp savory lines that leave you smiling!! Wish I had never grown up 😊

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  2. What a wonderful creation Sonia!! Just curious, is this a piece of pure imagination or is it inspired by any ‘role play’ you have ever watched?

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  3. Dear Sonia.

    This poem touched my heart. The hide and seek of play and pain; innocence and reality; hope and hardship is so beautifully woven that I will be coming back to read this a couple more times for sure.

    These line was particularly poignant for me:

    “Their armours bare chests

    carrying tucked away songs”

    This is a gem. Thank you for penning it down.

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    • Thank you Arti. Hope is like the needle in a stack of hay nowadays but sometimes the simplest of things in life remind you otherwise.

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  4. With everything in nothing

    they filled their jars with ‘belief’

    The mystic healing potion

    for countless seasons of grief

    Loved this !!

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  5. Wow beautiful Sonia. Somehow I connected to Sarah’s pretend play. The last lines touched a chord. Magical.

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  6. Lovely poem Sonia… Simply loved these lines

    “With everything in nothing

    they filled their jars with ‘belief’

    The mystic healing potion

    for countless seasons of grief”

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