“Roles” by Shalini Narang

Various and precious roles in life.

Mother, daughter, sister, friend and wife.

Sometimes I grapple, how to juggle?

Some days seem a struggle.

All roles are dear and I wish to tend,

But time and energy are finite in the end,

Some I see seamlessly roles blend.

No easy way for me to navigate this curvaceous bend.

Which amongst my various roles should I prioritize?

How should I categorize?

Not let one act monopolize.

It’s a balancing game to play and strategize.

From none do I want to flee.

Each role is nourishing and dear to me.

Some days I can efficiently manage, like a busy bee,

On others, in my own sweet solitude I find absolute glee.

Some roles pull me in opposite way(s),

Balancing priorities is not an easy play.

What price am I ready to pay?

All relations need time, attention and energy to sway.

Shalini Kathuria Narang is a Silicon Valley based software professional and freelance journalist. She has written and published extensively for several national and international newspapers, magazines and websites. She is originally from New Delhi and is settled in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters for 25 + years. She loves to hike, read fiction and nonfiction, and read and write poems on subjects ranging from parenting and philosophy to growing and thriving. Rumi and Paulo Coelho’s works are some of her favorites. To read all of Shalini’s poems, go to her blog site: Rhythm and Rhyme

Featured Image: “Juggling Roles”, provided by the author

Editor: Barbara Harris Leonhard

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  1. jonicaggiano dice:

    This is a lovely piece of the difficulty in all the roles one is expected to play in our world today. Congratulations to you, big hugs, Joni

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  2. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

    Thanks dear Joni. Indeed all the roles are precious and dear to me and enrich my life, yet some days I feel I am not doing adequate justice to one or another. 🙂

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  3. This is such a relatable poem. And you didn’t even mention trying to fit work in too.

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  4. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

    Yes Robbie that too 🙂 and I had thought about that and penned this one: https://poemsbyshalini.blog/2022/08/16/who-am-i/

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  5. Such a relatable poem Shalini and lines so true. Congratulations on your publication!

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    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

      Thanks dear Cindy. I am glad it stuck a chord and is relatable. 🙂

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