In 2016 I took a part in Emirates Airlines Literature competition for which I had to write a poem in 380 words about Emirates and the notion of “time”… The prize was 4 economy tickets anywhere in the world, and I was shortlisted to go to the Award Ceremony, just I was in Iceland, so I couldn’t make it. So I never won, or lost in fact, because I couldn’t come to the event. But I thought, why not share it here. At least it can live in its own space over here.
Silent night, no wind, no whisper,
Stop and look up in the sky.
Notice stars are getting crisper,
That’s not often in Dubai.
Take a picture, freeze the moment,
Show the world what you have seen.
While the rest of us are dormant,
Pull the break in time-machine.
Time in here has different meaning,
Here it stops and lets you pause.
No phone calls from your dry-cleaning,
Desert likes you with these clothes.
Supervastness – arms of desert
Pick you up and make you fly.
You are now as light as a feather,
Gliding smoothly in the sky.
Constellations shine with wisdom
Since the times of Ancient Greeks.
Guiding auto-pilot systems
With a bunch of cool techniques.
Emirates brings you the future,
Cheating time with airbus wings.
Building bridge to foreign cultures
Always treating you like kings.
Bigger cities, crazy traffic,
Will you ever find your peace?
When will life stop being epic?
Can you ever have release?
Think about Einstein explaining
That the reason why time runs
Is so that all things on planet
Won’t be happening at once.
Wait a second, friend, and ponder,
Never-ending sky of stars…
Isn’t this the biggest wonder
To have planet all to us?
Grains of sand forever captured
In the shape of hourglass
Will keep track of time elapsing
And your life with sand does pass.
Try to be appreciative
Of the moment you live in.
Look around, be creative –
World’s your canvas to begin.
Paint with light, but do it softly
Share the love and take the chance.
You will notice difference shortly,
Don’t be shy – get up and dance.
Truth is that the only treasure
Is your memories to keep,
Food is not a lasting pleasure,
TV shows will make you sleep.
Life is short, won’t last forever,
Go explore, don’t be afraid.
Keep in mind – it’s now or never,
Get your ticket and upgrade.
Stations, nations, visas, lands,
Here, my friend, congratulations.
You begin to understand.
Be the frequent flyer going
From Mauritius to Taiwan.
Travel all around the planet
And come back to land of sand.
Endless dunes will hug you softly,
Singing tender lullaby.
Wind of night that’s almost salty
Brings you to promptly to Dubai.