Poetry 2018 Longlist, Neelam Saxena Chandra


Even the stones

Lying secluded in the murky corners

Of the gardens and houses

Have tears;

The only difference being

That they have learnt

Not to shed them



They sob, weep and wail

In the darkness of the veil of night,

Hidden from everyone.


A few,

Unable to cope up with the harshness

Disintegrate into mud,

Others are feeble hearted

And they often wait

With their bodies, like Ahalya,

For some Rama to come,

Touch them

And liberate them;

However, the stronger ones

Unshackle themselves from their agonies

By becoming Rama themselves!

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