The Daily Prompt : Transformation

A baby, welcomed with happiness,

Long awaited by his elder brother,

Ten years older.

Both brothers loved each other,

Growing up, with family love.

Life went on.

They moved to foreign shores.

The elder brother studied

And came back home.

The younger brother and family

Lived far away.

A transformation started,

Drugs became a part of him,

The younger one,

Kept going down life’s road

The transformation continued,

Both parents passed away.

The transformation continued

To the point of no return.

What happened to that baby,

Who had loved and been loved?

Why did this transformation happen?

Why do such things happen?

We say it is fate,

What is to happen,

Will happen.

An easy way to reassure ourselves.


By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


  1. I think a lot of parents look back at what they think is a perfect baby after twenty or thirty years, and think, “Where did it all go wrong?” “Nature or nurture?” is the phrase that crops up frequently at this point!

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  2. Poignant words, Lakshmi. I talked recently to a parent who had ‘lost’ one son to drugs. The pain was very evident. I think it seems that there are a whole myriad of reasons why some take that road, even when they have a good, supportive family where other siblings have not gone that way. Every child is different and they have their own individual experiences that make up who they are.


    1. Yes Peggy, this is my cousin’s son and it hurts so much. My cousin and his wife have passed away and there is no contact with his son who is somewhere in the US.


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