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Poems

A poem of loneliness and desolation, of being lost in the wide expanse of life.

Who will Knock on my Door?
Who will Knock on my Door?
A poem of loneliness and desolation, of being lost in the wide expanse of life.
The Wait: A Modern Take on Shakuntala
The Wait: A Modern Take on Shakuntala
The relentless wait of Shakuntala for her lover Dushyant, a mythological tale of love and pining. A modern take by a contemporary poet.
पेंन्टिंग! by Gulzar: A Translation and Transcreation
पेंन्टिंग! by Gulzar: A Translation and Transcreation
Painting is a beautiful poem by legendary poet-lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar. Sunita Singh and Dr Ampat Koshy present a translation and transcreation of this visually evocative...
Squeezed Light
Squeezed Light
A hard-hitting poem about rebellion, revolution and the one of the bitter ironies of human life in the post-modern context.
Learning to cope to stay afloat
Dual State
A poignant poem dedicated to the lives of the individuals affected with bipolar disorder.
Allowing me to be a true partner in your life’s journey
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part V & VI
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third...
A scorching romance, a run-away marriage
It was truly a baptism by fire
Buddies Best
To celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on March 26th, Ramendra Kumar takes to verse to revisit the enriching journey of love he has shared with his soulmate and life...
Nuances of Human Emotions: Two Poems
Nuances of Human Emotions: Two Poems
Human emotions are multilayered and their nuances are the most intriguing when manifested in the form of poetry. Two poems by Sonali Majumdar, depicting those myriad nuances....
How she is, how her nature is, why is she such an enigma.

I have heard tales of her tenderness, which makes her a woman.

I have heard tales of her valor, which makes her a man.
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part IV
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third...
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part III
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part III
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third Pandava of the epic Mahabharata....
Rabindranath Tagore's Chitrangada: English Translation Part II
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part II
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third Pandava of the epic Mahabharata....
Arjun!! Are you Arjun, the warrior prince? (Pic: Chitrangada in the film Dadar Kirti)
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation (Part I)
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third Pandava of the epic Mahabharata....
In the smell of rain
Your Memories
A wistful love poem for Valentine's Day by Ramendra Kumar.
Blood Clots: A Poem
Blood Clots: A Poem
A poignant, hard-hitting poem on humanity and the perils of a sensitive soul.
Revisiting An Old Home
Revisiting An Old Home
'Revisiting An Old Home' is Lopa Banerjee's poem dedicated to her maiden home in Barrackpore, India. It is now part of her debut poetry collection 'Let The Night Sing',...
Fading Languages
Fading Languages
A poignant poem by Kabir Deb about the romance and the almost forgotten art of writing letters, that too, when exchanged between lovers.
For Him
For Him
A sublime poem by Geethanjali Dilip, International Reuel Prize Winner 2017 for poetry, commemorating on the sacrifice and unconditioned love of Jesus.
When a Jilted Heart Revolves to Rise
When a Jilted Heart Revolves to Rise
A lyrical poem by UGC junior research fellow Sourav Paul.
India Diary - Poetic Musings
India Diary – Poetic Musings
A bunch of short poetic musings about the poet's homeland, India. Rudrodip Majumdar, a PhD in Nuclear Engineering is an avid blogger and poet.
Bipade More Rakkha Karo: The Prayer to Be Fearless (Translation of Tagore Song)
Bipade More Rakkha Karo: The Prayer to Be Fearless (Translation of Tagore Song)
Translation of one of the most beautiful and motivating Puja Parjay songs of Tagore from Geetanjali.
Thwarted Escape - the non-fiction memoir by Lopa Banerjee
Thwarted Escape: Poem Inspired By A Book
Maya Khandelwal's evocative review of Lopamudra Banerjee's memoir 'Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey', written in a poetic, lyrical form. Her first attempt at...
The tumultuous thunderThe luminous lightingThe clouded stayMy heavy heart.
Poems by Sara
My mother was a writer. She and I published, at her own cost, at my cousin's press, a hand-crafted book with a beautiful red cover titled very simply "Sara / Poems"...
A poem in picture for Autism Awareness
Picture Poem
A rare and memorable picture poem by Michele Baron for the Autism Special Edition of 'Learning and Creativity'
My Tribute To Gurudeb: Translation of Ami Choncholo He
My Tribute To Gurudeb: Translation of Ami Choncholo He
A soulful English translation of one of Rabindranath Tagore's most sublime songs of Gitabitan, on the auspicious occasion of his birth anniversary.
Can you hear music with your heart, Which bound in unseen, intangible waves , From golden fleeces of clouds in lofty mountains that part, A choir of cherubs that your soul in wonder enslaves
Silence
A soulful and sensitively penned poem on autistic children, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'
Will she ever be able to die in peace leaving behind this blue rose
Again
A very sensitively penned poem for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
They deserve to adore earth's creation
Specials
A very thoughtful and emotionally charged poem depicting the life of an autistic child, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Unfurling your wings to flyTo those heights where love,The law of life prevails.
Autistic Divine Beings
A sensitive poem honouring and celebrating differently abled children, for the Autism Special Edition I of Learning & Creativity
I love the butterflies, the birds,So what if I have no words?
Mommy, Were You Weeping Today?
A sensitive poem for the Autism Special Edition of 'Learning & Creativity'
Song of an Autist
Song of an Autist
A strong, hard-hitting poem on autistic children, for the Autism Special Edition I
Normal Child
Normal Child
A sensitive poem dedicated to children with autism for the Autism Special Edition I of Learning and Creativity.
The Colorful Boy
The Colorful Boy
Sensitive and powerful poetic depiction of a boy with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Silence of the Sun
Silence of the Sun
A sensitive poem depicting the life of an autistic child, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
A Different World
A Different World
A thoughtful poem about a differently abled child with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'
Learn from Me
Learn from Me
A sensitively depicted poetic piece on the life of an autistic child, and the difference he can make to the world, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'....
A Slice Of My Life
A Slice Of My Life
A poetic depiction of the life of a special needs child, a child living with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Spectrum
Spectrum
A hard-hitting poem on the life of an autistic child and his parents for the Autism Special Edition I, building Autism Awareness through poetry.
Autism Awareness Special Edition 1: Editor's Note
Autism Awareness Special Edition 1: Editor’s Note
A strong, succinct editorial note about the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity', defining the purpose behind curating and publishing this edition and introducing...
Wuthering Heights
For Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights
My poetic tribute to the dark, sinister, yet irresistible love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw in Emily Bronte's classic novel 'Wuthering Heights'.
Bollywood: Classic Love Sagas Inspiring Poetry
Bollywood: Classic Love Sagas Inspiring Poetry
My poetic tribute to two timeless romances of Bollywood which swept me off my feet in my girlhood days, Ek Duje Ke Liye, and Silsila.
Utopia
Utopia
Love is... finding utopia even in shackles. On Valentine's Day, enjoy this sweet love poem from Ramendra Kumar.
Two Love Poems for Valentine's Day
Two Love Poems for Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day Special: Two love poems by Uma Subedi translated from Nepali to English by renowned poet/author/translator Suman Pokhrel.
“No mommy, I will not wear socks.”
No, Never!
Mother poems from Learning and Creativity - Enjoy this beautiful poem about a mother's endless struggle to make her boisterous 3-year-old listen to her.
To Nothingness?
To Nothingness?
A wistful poem about oblivion and nothingness that awaits every soul.
My Hero - Father's Day Special
My Hero – Father’s Day Special
I went to my father A tired and crumpled man I told him, “I am sorry, But I love you more than anyone ever can.”
Fight and throw off all the burden of oppressive histories and chainsThat bound the masses in grinding poverty.
Speak up!
A heartfelt tribute to the poetry and life of the celebrated, radical poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, on the National Poetry Month.
Who Am I
Who Am I
Anindita Bose's Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated in Madrid, Spain....
Unraping Marriage
Unraping Marriage
Shreyatama Datta's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
Verses on a Woman
Verses on a Woman
Kushal Poddar's Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated in Madrid, Spain....
A wordless frown is the gentle windFollowed by a string of dry seeds
Women’s Words
A richly symbolic poem dedicated to womanhood and the position of women in society.
‘These Poems Encapsulate My Life’: In Conversation with Sanjeev Sethi, Author of This Summer and That Summer
‘These Poems Encapsulate My Life’: In Conversation with Sanjeev Sethi, Author of This Summer and That Summer
An intimate author interview with prolific poet Sanjeev Sethi regarding his latest collection 'This Summer and That Summer'.
Dropping out of school was her only option(Pic courtesy: Morguefile)
Where Goddesses Cry
A touching poetic saga of oppressed women of the modern days, named after the Hindu goddesses.
Woman
Woman
A soulful poem about a woman in wax.
I am No Goddess...
I am No Goddess…
A powerful, hard-hitting poem about the Every Woman, the everyday diva.
Wish
Wish
A poet reminisces about his mother, the sounds and images he would associate with her leaves him deeply nostalgic and lost.
The Irrepressible ‘ She’
The Irrepressible ‘ She’
A heart-touching poem about the indomitable spirit of womanhood.
Hidden Path
Hidden Path
A poet's soulful account followed by his estrangement from his beloved.
Togetherness
Togetherness
A wistful poem celebrating the all-encompassing beauty of love and togetherness.
Love Like Wine
Love Like Wine
A soulful poem on matured love and how the lovers' emotions evolve while exploring love.
Kiss Me Goodbye...
Kiss Me Goodbye…
A poem celebrating the quintessential passion of love.
Autumn Kiss
Autumn Kiss
An intensely passionate love poem, celebrating the emotional fervour of the lovers.
In Lieu of Love
In Lieu of Love
A poem about attachments in the physical world.
A soulful poetic account as the poet reminisces the memories of a house, lost in flames
When a Friend’s Flat Burnt Down
A soulful poetic account as the poet reminisces the memories of a house, lost in flames
Talk of Shades
Talk of Shades
Blue , the color of all my morns Teeming with hope and Shredded bygones Crimson ,the hue of early noon A clumsy mishmash Of ecstasy and doom Green , the signal of twilight I...
Reminiscences
Reminiscences
A poet's nostalgic reminiscence of her girlhood days.
Strings
Strings
A lyrical poem with strong imagery portraying a pigeon and a nylon string.
Oh Calcutta!
Oh Calcutta!
A poem by Sufia Khatoon on the enigmatic beauty of old Calcutta (now rechristened 'Kolkata'), inspired by a photograph of an old building in the city by Kounteya Sinha.
Horizons
Horizons
A poem about the universal journey of life and the horizons one explores on the way.
Poetry
Poetry
A poet's soulful musing about the act of writing poems.
Kadambari
Kadambari
A passionate account of a poet's quest to find the lady-love of her dreams.
Silverfish
Silverfish
A symbolic, metaphorical quest of a man for memories and his journey with them.
To Chiyo
To Chiyo
A heartfelt poem about the loss of a loved one.
The Screen
The Screen
A vision of a poet, a journey through abstract imagery.
Unearthing Life
Unearthing Life
A deeply philosophical poem about the various nuances of human life and what makes life meaningful for us.
His pen has bled his heart onto a virgin space
When a Poet Loves You
A whimsical poem about how a poet's verses can leave a deep impact on the reader's mind.
When you reach out to touch the filtered sunshine
Amid the honking, hustling cacophony of known vehicles
Adieu, Kolkata
In every goodbye, let there be the rambling of lost loves... A touching poem of walking away from the land you are rooted to.
Whisperings in Air
Whisperings in Air
A sublime nature poem.
Photons of Love
Photons of Love
A heartfelt tribute to the auspicious festival of lights, Deepavali or Diwali, and a plea to all of humanity to rekindle their inner lights.
But You Left
But You Left
The artist and her soul-searching journey with words.
The Evil In Me
The Evil In Me
A dark poem unfolding some mysterious nuances of the mind that aches when it hurts someone close.
I Would Not Write A Sonnet
I Would Not Write A Sonnet
A poetic journey of writing a sonnet inspired by a muse.
Darkness
Darkness
A spirited ode to darkness and shadows and light.
Reminiscence
Reminiscence
A poem about reminiscing a lost love and reflecting about the estrangement.
Roseate Sonnets Contest: And The Winners Are...!
Roseate Sonnets Contest: And The Winners Are…!
We are very glad and honoured to announce the results of our Roseate Sonnets contest, for which we received an overwhelming response in Learning and Creativity.
The Roseate Sonnet: An Experience in Learning the Art of Poetry (with a CONTEST & PRIZES!)
The Roseate Sonnet: An Experience in Learning the Art of Poetry (with a CONTEST & PRIZES!)
A unique, experimental poetic form, the Roseate Sonnet, invented by Dr. A.V. Koshy and inspired by the symbol of the rose, that also inspired other poets to try it.
To Mark Your Departure
To Mark Your Departure
A craving to hold on to love - expressed in verse.
My Boy of Nine
My Boy of Nine
A touching poem written to honour the love between a mother and her differently abled son.
Ganga, A Cry
Ganga, A Cry
A powerful, hard-hitting poem depicting the spiritual essence of river Ganga and how the river has degenerated over the ages in the hands of humans.
God's Love is Rose
God’s Love is Rose
I would like to thank Dr. Ampat Koshi for his introducing this poetic form and due to his inspiration, this poem took birth. Of course, the Acrostic throughout the poem is...
Half-read
Half-read
A roseate sonnet with a beautiful rhyming structure and an acrostic of a rose in the last four lines. This poem was voted in the Rejected Stuff group as one of the two best...
Histories
Histories
A critical and enriching poem on the scope and purpose of art and how art originated in human minds.
The Lost Womb
The Lost Womb
A seething projection of female infanticide, a rampant truth still prevalent in our country, as a mother mourns her lost womb.
Bidaai
Bidaai
A daughter's emotional moments captured while parting from her father after her marriage ceremony.
When I Am Just Me
When I Am Just Me
A beautiful ode and a tribute to the relentless creative and artistic spirit of the human mind, the bodies and the beings that sing, dance, paint, write.
At the River Ganges
At the River Ganges
An evocative journey of the poet's mind that essays the beauty and spiritual ardour of Varanasi, the river Ganges, the temples and the serenity around.
Wild Abandon
Wild Abandon
A love poem about the wondrous desires of the heart and the ardent passions that define them.
Love Story
Love Story
You were the closest that came to my notion of companionship. But, where were you? In gilt, I framed pictures of you — soft, sullen, seductive, surreal. As the climate...
'Beyond Barriers'
‘Beyond Barriers’
Powerful poetry with rich symbolism commenting on the richness and inexplicable ardour of human love.
Mother
Mother
A heartfelt tribute to a mother and the quintessential essence of her presence, depicted by her daughter.
unstable trees have a secret to share
Whispers
A surreal nature poem celebrating the exquisite beauty and wonder of the sea and the natural landscape.

Today’s Motivation

The best gift bestowed upon one is Good Health; the best treasure one can acquire is Satisfaction; the best relationship one can cherish is faithfulness.
The best gift bestowed upon one is Good Health; the best treasure one can acquire is Satisfaction; the best relationship one can cherish is faithfulness.