Author Archives: Rathi Pradhan

The Poetics of Poet

“You are a mere escapist,
An idle dreamer,
A hopeless visionary!”
Her mother’s fierce words echoed in her mind,
Echoed time and time again,
Leaving her in anguish.
“What purpose does poetry serve?”
Her mother’s apathetic question lingered…
Unanswered.
Her rigorous thinking being of no aid.

Her passion; Mother’s aversion,
Gave her all reasons to lament.
Weeping in a dark corner,
Pondering over this enigmatic question,
“I AM NO ESCAPIST” she screams in painful sobs.
“I AM NO DREAMER” she screams again.

Convincing, she ponders aloud.

“Sharing life’s burdens a poet weaves,
Weaves magical
And meaningful pattern
With words,
Words that encourage; thoughts that inspire,
Inspiring us to live, laugh, learn, love.”

“Is this escapism?”

“Love and hatred; laugher and tears,
Nostalgia and old age; fears and friendship,
Known and unknown; beginning and end.
Poetry has every aspect,
Every human passion,
A universal language.”

“Is this dreaming?”

“NO” she screams with gusto.

“This is a gift,
A talent, a blessing”

Thanking lord for it, she smiles, she laughs,
And goes on to pen her new verse.

“You are a mere escapist,
An idle dreamer,
A hopeless visionary!”
Her mother’s fierce words echoed in her mind,
Echoed time and time again,
Leaving her in anguish.
“What purpose does poetry serve?”
Her mother’s apathetic question lingered…
Unanswered.
Her rigorous thinking being of no aid.

Her passion; Mother’s aversion,
Gave her all reasons to lament.
Weeping in a dark corner,
Pondering over this enigmatic question,
“I AM NO ESCAPIST” she screams in painful sobs.
“I AM NO DREAMER” she screams again.

Convincing, she ponders aloud.

“Sharing life’s burdens a poet weaves,
Weaves magical
And meaningful pattern
With words,
Words that encourage; thoughts that inspire,
Inspiring us to live, laugh, learn, love.”

“Is this escapism?”

“Love and hatred; laugher and tears,
Nostalgia and old age; fears and friendship,
Known and unknown; beginning and end.
Poetry has every aspect,
Every human passion,
A universal language.”

“Is this dreaming?”

“NO” she screams with gusto.

“This is a gift,
A talent, a blessing”

Thanking lord for it, she smiles, she laughs,
And goes on to pen her new verse.

Why am I still in Love?

Spears of agony pierce my heart,
Deeply engrossed in recalling
Every word you had spoken,
Every promise you had made,
Each and every memory shared
Still very lucid and vivid,
Each and every moment
As fresh as a new drop of tear.
After all the betrayal and break up,
Why am I still dreaming?
Why am I still hoping?
Why am I still love with you?
Because I am not you,
My love for you is true.
And I will always love you
Now and forever…

To Father, With Love

It was father’s day.
Reluctantly she would wish him.
Reluctantly?!
Yes, one of the rare occasions,
When she confided in him,
And reiterated that she loved him.
Loved him, indeed she did.
Her confidant; Her mentor,
Her dear father.
He meant everything to her.
And, it was yet another Fathers day.
With a bunch of scarlet carnations,
She was on her way to wish him.
Wondering if he liked carnations.
“I am a laudable daughter,” she said to her self.
“Laudable enough not to know my fathers favorite flowers.”
With a tear, with a sigh,
She walked on to greet her father.
Reaching the gate,
Hesitant, yet she had to wish him.
For he meant everything to her.
She moved on with agony…
Standing next to his grave,
She placed the carnations,
Paralyzed and uncertain she wept,
Wept immensely.
None to wipe her tears… she wept.
Her father, her dear father had closed his eyes
when she had just opened them.

Believe in yourself

If you are dreaming high,
But unable to take the first step towards acme,
All you need to do is-
Believe in yourself,
And take the bold step.

If you feel completely dejected,
Because of obstacles and turmoils coming your way,
All you need to do is-
Believe in yourself,
And face it with a smile.

If you feel like a failure,
With oddments of past bothering you every minute,
All you need to do is-
Believe in yourself,
And hope for some miracles.

If you feel lonely and lost,
And have none but solitude to share your woes,
All you need to do is-
Believe in yourself,
And remember that He is always there.

If you are confused and worried,
Thinking about the future and fearing destiny’s ambush,
All you need to do is-
Believe in yourself,
And give life your best shot.

Believe in yourself, believe in Him,
Just believe once and soon you will realise:
Life is wonderful.

Before we could cover an honest mile

You betrayed and lied all the while,
Even before we could cover an honest mile.
You made my poised heart feel such a rift,
When you gave solitude as a precious gift.

Your frivolous attitude doesn’t seem fine,
So, I go back to the world of mine.
The memories of pain, tears, and lies
Will make me sane and a lot more wise.

Before I bid you my final stern adieu,
Here is what my heart would like to say to you-
Gaiety, happiness, joy… you have it all,
In the road of acme, hope you do not fall.

You took away my sweet and happy smile,
And just added to my sorrows pile.
Yes, you betrayed and lied all the while,
Even before we could cover an honest mile.

Foreclosure of a dream

Sobbing in darkness,
Hoping none would hear,
Lethal thoughts flourishing in my mind,
I ask myself, ‘Did I slaughter my dreams?’
No voice heard; no answer at all.
Life seems so topsy-turvy,
And has become a tangle.
The vigour has vanished.
The optimism has evaporated.
The sapling of dreams
Is being killed by the pesticide of pessimism.
I ask again ‘Did I slaughter my dreams?’
Nothing heard; just a serene silence.
The soft silence, soothing and peaceful.
The silence comforting me
To be patient and practical.
The silence commanding me
To be objective and optimistic.
Amidst the silence,
I hear a whisper.
A whisper saying,
‘I am always there’
This time I ask myself,
Not if I slaughtered my dreams,
But, ‘Is any thing impossible???’

Your smile…

Beautiful like a blossomed flower,
Fascinating like the first summer shower.
Eye catching like the doves that fly,
Thrilling like a shooting star in the sky.
Very precious like a loved one’s gift,
Sends my gloom and grief adrift.
For, it is your bewitching smile,
Which always stuns me for a while.
“KEEP SMILING” is all I can say!
I wish you happiness on this wonderful day.

Dreams…

Dreams encourage me to hope and live.
Dreams help me to combat and believe.
With confidence, optimism and smile;
Dreams strengthen me for every challenging mile.

Dreams inspire me to do my very best,
With them, every day of life is like a fest!
Dreams are so gorgeous and full of grace,
Because of them, sorrows are out of trace.

Dreams are to me, like stars are to the sky,
Dreams teach me not to give up and always try.
Dreams are to me, like fragrance to rose,
I can’t live without them I suppose.

For, my dreams are my BEST FRIEND,
My dreams help me learn and mend.
Dear God, help me to do what I want to do,
I promise you, to work hard, be good and true.

Thank you friend!

I am lucky to have you as a friend.
You are a marvel and full of zeal,
Sorrows far far away you do send,
You are an adroit magician, I feel.
Magic you do every single day,
By allaying the worries that I ponder.
‘Thank you friend’ is all I can say,
For you have filled life with wonder!

I am lucky to have you as a friend.
You are nice even when I am mean,
You are patient and always have an ear to lend,
A wonderful, perfect friend you really have been!
Every time we argue, quarrel or fight,
Within seconds the anger comes to an end,
You make me smile, you make me bright…
Thank you for being such a great friend.

You have corrected me when I was not right,
And have helped me grow and mend,
I thank God every morn and night…
Because I am truly blessed to have you as a friend!

Wish…

Wish you were here,
to hold my hand and stroll along the beach,
to make me smile and put tears out of reach.

Wish you were here
to pull me up, when I in my sorrow drowning,
to tickle me to laughter, when my heart frowning.

Wish you would sit,
beside me and teach me about the birds and bees,
and would tell me the fantasies of world and seas.

Wish you would sit,
beside me and count the shining stars at night,
Oh! Dear dad why are you out of my life and sight?

Wish you would say,
I love you million times in your chatter,
and to my mistakes would say it does not matter.

Wish you would say,
You are the best daughter and my best friend,
wish all these were true and would never end.

Wish you were here, wish you would sit and wish you would say…
Oh! Dear dad my love to you is growing stronger each day!

Broken

With dull and misty eyes,
recalling words you have spoken,
inside me a heavy heart lies,
which is spell bound and broken!

Oh! This is a queer shock,
which shattered my dreams.
Your heart is a hard rock,
even knave now it seems!

Do I say your privity wins?
For a while you did vanquish me!
Guess, now the reality begins,
the reality where it is only I and me!

The abhorrence, detest, and hate,
I give all these just for you…
Now, not any more I will wait,
but just come out of my blue.

The sorrow and pain will toss
I realize you are not worth me.
Truly I do not care about your loss,
if none god is surely with me!

I will just pray to my master,
that people like you should never me touch.
God! Save me from such disaster,
I do not ask for anything more or much!

Just the blue sky

The world is breaking and shattering into pieces,
Every body around seem to be unaware of the crises!
Oh! Some one save the humanity, wipe the cries, tears, sweat and pain
The scream of the good and concerned – all in vain!
Love, care, patience, hug, laughter, smile of a child…
All the good beautiful and best seem to have gone crazy and wild!
The best you and I can do is to beg and pray to you (God)
One day I will wake up and surely find the sky not smoky but blue!

He will… He shall…

The world is beautiful with smiles,
Wish there were no tears for miles.
The love, the concern, the laughter, the care,
Life is wonderful when you simply share.
You live this life but only once,
So live it fully, dance and bounce!
Cheer up! Face the difficulties and sorrow,
For sure you will have a great tomorrow.
If none surely stand by you, He will…
be sure always support you, He shall…

Amidst the chaos…

Amidst the chaos of life, in this enigmatic world,
When you just do not want to panic or be sad,
When you just do not want to be hoodwinked and made a fool of,
When you just do not want to be annoyed or vexed,

Amidst the chaos of life, in this enigmatic world,
When you just want to come off the arid, bleak path,
When you just want to be in a hilarious, blissful mood,
When you just want to chuckle, grin and smile away…

Just stay by a person who is adorable, affable and nice
who is funny, naughty, foolish and wise.
It is none other than your very sweet best friend,
With whom the fun and laughter would never end!

Miss you friend

The grief of solitude experienced by one,
Oh! Dear friend what have you done?
I never dreamt one day you would deceive,
It is nothing but friendship I wanted to receive.
Since when we have broken our ties,
There is nothing but tears in my eyes!
The misunderstanding never did clear,
and I hope the friendship does re-appear!
Why all this toil and trouble?
You could have been a little affable.
I am so depressed and desolate
may be this is just bad fate!
The solution is to come out of my blue,
For, I wish to have a friend like you!