Gifting his 'Wings of Fire '
To the generation ahead
The angel has taken flight
To regions unknown.
Standing in front of admiring youths
Kindling their minds with the light of knowledge-- Inspiring them to dream big, aim high--
And toil tirelessly to achieve their goals.
They were listening to him in rapt attention
As he was to them a living legend
the object of utmost reverence and honour
An epitome of supreme accomplishments.
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THAT UNFORTUNATE FALL!
Like a bolt from the blue striking one and all.
Alas ! you left so abruptly
leaving the nation in a state of shock
Made poorer for the loss of a gem.
Wonder if you were summoned up there
To plan urgently a divine project
Or had you yourself needed some leisure
To set a new tune on your favourite Veena?
Simplicity and genius personified you were
Words fall short to measure your worth
Never did you take a day off, it is said
As work was to you your religion supreme.
A scientist par excellence, Patriot and saint
Role model of the youth, People's President
With nation's highest award conferred
The spectrum of life was just vibrant!
So adieu ! as you make exit from here
To join the ranks of the immortals there
And we shall look for a new star tonight
Shining brilliantly in the galaxy of the great.
For sure, you will get your pride of place
To live with the immortals in peace and rest
And we on the earth shall find you alive
In the glorious legacy, you have left behind.