Ribbon across my placid mind
Blindfolding, and entangling me
Slithering thoughts long to escape
Stay frozen like a winter lake
Snaking and crawling in pursuit
Of a medium, a medium unknown…
In the commotion of this rain
In a chaos of escaping thoughts
I stand still
Calmness like never before
I feel every breath, but is it air?
Yes I feel every breath, but is it air…
The incandescence, the beauty,
Of bustling life in emptiness
Of speedy joy in a timeless space
Of vastness
In a spaceless land..
I wonder, have I arrived?
No pain, no pride,
No wrath, no greed,
A space freed from dictated need
In blissful chirping of muted sounds
A rhapsody of sorts I have found
No pain, no pride,
No wrath, no greed,
Drenched in love my senses float
A myriad of skies, an unbound soul 
Synchronized to a musical note
Mile after mile, so vast, so white
I wonder, have I arrived?


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Of simple things, and silly joys,
Not diamond rings, but playful coys
Grasping how such instant bliss
Came upon me with your teasing kiss!

In carnations, and in roses searched,
Amidst poems my longing eyes were perched,
But then you came and blinked your eyes
Your lashes caught my smitten sigh

Withered feelings of loss and pain,
Aint no sunshine, stormy rain…
When life was really looking down,
You picked me up, off the ground!

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Shades of Grey

Blue skies, breezy summer waves
Made way for shades of grey
So foggy and blinding, he couldn’t say
In his mind, t’was a cloudy day

At first he was enticed;
Almost smitten! by new found space
Blinded, he never realized,
The Parasite was setting base.

Patterns intricate, he saw
Of crochet, delicately laced
Never stopping to stare and squint
Cobwebs, in his mind were being placed.

Of crawling spiders, soft and slow
And webs that blocked his path,
Of poisoned creepers that gently grew
Intertwining the aftermath.

An aftermath of misfortune
and winds that whirled so fast
Shaking, breaking, spinning around
The day when trust was lost.

Lost in the battle of the foggy mind
Paranoia found its way
Breaking his sanity little by little
Friendship walked away.

Creepers crowding more and more
And webs intertwining them all,
They now crept into his helpless heart
Love had taken a fall.

Covered in numerous shades of grey
Emptiness to take him through,
Broken bonds and a battled crew
The sinister Parasite grew.

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Penning thoughts that once
flowed like a stream amidst
mountains, valleys and crevices,
Of the mind that
once opened to cloudy skies,
and caught words on its tender palms…
like the first raindrops of summer,
and trickled into the skin
like distant memories of love.


Penning thoughts that once
absorbed and settled
into the finest roots,
of the mind that
smiled at the scent of dirt,
and intoxicated the soul.
Like a fresh summer breeze
caressing and playing games…
with soft curls on a beautiful face


Penning thoughts that now
are struggling to sing,
personify, alliterate, rhyme
to leave the mind,
determined to break free
and reach out to the universe
where beauty still awaits
with a smile on its face..
to dance the forgotten dance again.
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(Solved) vnc4server on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

Im posting this because I spent a lot of time trying multiple things to get vnc4server up and going on the Ubuntu 11.1 system. Most people suggest using x11vnc, which does work out of the box but does not support multiple users.

vnc4server is great, and up and running finally!

Here are the steps:

  • Install vnc4server
    • sudo apt-get install vnc4server
  • Install gdm
    • sudo apt-get install gdm
      sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
      • When asked to choose the default session manager, choose lightdm
  • When you launch vnc4server for the first time, you will be asked to set a password and a /home/<user>/.vnc/xstartup will be created for you.
  • We need to change the contents of xstartup to get things working properly.
  • Contents should look like this:
# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
#exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
#. /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
gnome-session  --session=gnome-classic &
[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
#x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
#x-window-manager &

What’s changed and is important is this:

  • unset SESSION_MANAGER : Gets rid of any errors like “Coud not acquire name on session bus “
  • /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions will have a bunch of .session files. You may use any of these  in your xstartup file.  For example:
    • gnome-session –session=gnome-classic & gives your classic gnome
    • gnome-session –session=ubuntu-2d & gives you Unity
    • gnome-session –session=ubuntu & does not work!
    • gnome-session & will not work because the default session is “ubuntu”
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