This copper bracelet upon my wrist,
Shining brilliant, it silently sits,
A companion of mine, it harrows not.
It rests peacefully; wait and watch.
It has no rival, it has no friend.
A metal band destined to bend;
To mould its shape to my wrist.
A willing bystander, of destiny's tryst.
As I look upon this thing,
Thoughts and memories does it bring.
Silent witness to many a deed,
Silent partner; a solemn creed.
Inscribed upon it, the name of God.
Om Nama Shivaya, flat, copper rod.
Divine utterance, eternal harmony.
Earthly chanting, glorious reverie.
Through thick and thin, all-knowing.
Powerful emotion, never showing.
Through good and bad, comforting touch.
A warm metal fetter? Never such.
Through highs and lows, constant support.
Moral reassurance, my last resort.
Through happiness and sorrow, never shying.
Its pleasant cajoling, never trying.
A band of comfort, to one and all,
Great big world with a mind so small.
Bleeding wrists and cries of pain,
Shallow hearts reach out in vain.
Understanding the chaos, timely passion.
Accepting the loss, grieve in fashion.
Emotions for show, Instincts for sale,
A sip of misery from an unholy grail.
But through it all I have arrived at last.
To live in the moment, and let go of the past.
An eager student, to learn and live.
Eyes so ardent, to willingly give.
Yet am I truly well and able?
To live a life, balanced, stable.
Or will I give in to bestial urges?
Where human weakness reemerges.
With curious anguish I look somberly down,
Angst-ridden faces swarm around.
But shining brightly through this mire,
Glint of hope, never to tire.
Says softly to me this calming radiance,
"The true miracle of life is ultimate patience,
Never to wonder what and how; to simply be."
Years at hand, and now I finally see.
Metallic sheen, this bracelet my hand adorns.
Of energy cosmic and sublime, hither, yon.
By my side,
Always with me as I go on.
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