Monday, 22 February 2016

A SOLDIER LAMENTS

I saw him fight  that night
Not against an enemy at front 
But a few unreasonable minds
Bent upon degrading
Things and values
He held uppermost

As love of nation was being termed 
'Forced nationalism '
And shouting abusive slogans
Against one's own  motherland
Was being justified
In the name of freedom
Of expression .

Even the emblem of national honour
The Tricolor 
Was made a topic of heated debate.

And  the veteran soldier's heart 
Could no longer contain 
His sorely injured feelings
 At the most unsavoury  reasoning
Offered by the so called liberals

And we saw him react  and  burst ,
Pour out his anguished  heart
Like a thunderbolt at first,
Then  shouting with a lump in the throat
And  helpless tears  at last

His voice silenced all 
And made everyone  realize 
That he was in earnest to react
And  express his strong feelings
With that  unusual.retort .

That the nation and its honour
Are over and above all else
Are the succour we all live by 
For who lives if the country is dead 
And who dies so long as  it is alive  .!



Thursday, 18 February 2016

SIACHEN SORROWS

                                             
    O you killer peaks of Siachen                                   Cruel  have been your whims
    Ignoble and insane                                              To unleash your deadly powers
 On duty bound   sentinels
 Without giving them a chance
 To fight and prove their mettle
          Look ,every sensitive  heart
          Is in a state of shock
          Wondering what had prompted you
           To play a game so vile  .
                        It was an act of deceit
                         Vicious and unfair
                          To trap them so unawares
                           In that most unjust warfare  .
         Was  it  some evil impulse
           Overcoming you all of a sudden ?
           A  mischief  so mean otherwise
          Couldn't be your normal action .
                           Or did you feel challenged  
                          Insecure or belittled
                           By the super human fortitude
                            Displayed by the heroes at post .?
                                       
            No  ,they  hadn't been there
         To dare your sky high stature
         Nor to disrupt your pristine solitude
           Or blemish your snowy  splendor .
                                             
                           They had come there trudging along
                            The tough mountain terrains
                             To guard the precious lone posts
                              Bordering their own motherland
                                  
             Just to keep a silent vigil
           On and around the fields                                                                                                                       Lest some evil eye should dare
       To desecrate  the sacred sphere

                     Yes , they were there to brave
                       The most inimical  climate
                        And deliver their duty in earnest
                        As a  sacred  religious  ritual  .
                                  
         Then why did your callous avalanche
           Hit them as  foes in  disguise
           Bury  them down alive in ice
          Hiding from view their very existence  ?

                  But be not proud  of your deadly assault
                 Though you have cut short their lives on the earth
                The tales of their matchless  courage and resolve
              Will keep echoing  for ever and ever
               In the hearts of the hills and vales over there  !!
                                         

                                        
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Springtime Thoughts


         Hail to you  o   gracious guest
        The most awaited and  cherished
        Arriving  majestically onto the earth
        With  grand ceremony  of a  real king  !

         The one whose  advent does signal
         The  sure retreat of  winter  chill
         That has been very  unkind  indeed
          With freezing snow and piercing wind.

           And truly its atrocious ways
          Could be borne  with  patience
          Just by virtue of  the deep set  hope
           That you are  following  close  on heels .

          And will arrive on  time as ever
          To  bid farewell to   the  winter spell
           The cruel  cold  will soon give way
           To pleasant warmth and bright sunshine

            With a child like  wonder  I look  around
            The  good earth   rising   up in cheer
              As if from a   slumber  long and deep
               Now  with a look  vibrant and fair
       .

            All about me I  can   see and hear
            Birds with varied sounds and colour
            Singing with glee in their joyous flights
            Or hopping about in sprightly cheer .

          The koel's musical notes come floating
          From the mango groves in  full   blossom
          And whiffs of fragrance amply loaded
          Ride on the wings of warm spring air

          The dry and pallid landscape too
          Is now abuzz with  business of life
          with  grass and creepers and plants and flowers
          Ants  insects and cute butterflies

          The diligent  bees   are  busy as ever
         In gathering nectar  from friendly flowers
         Material that they need to make
          Honey for themselves and for others .

          Joy  abounds  on the earth and skies
          Nature is smiling ,  and with it goes on
       , Celebration of life and re-creation
         Leaving behind past loss  and  regrets  .

         These shows of  gaiety and exuberance
        Are sure signs of your blessed presence
        Mirrored in the world of living beings
         And even in the sphere  of  inanimate things  .

       Hence hearty welcome o royal  guest  !
        Though  a visitor on a sojourn  here
       Pray ,  stay with us  for  a little bit  longer
      And prolong  the bliss  that your presence ensures  .