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Poems

if i took on the world poem

A wistful poem about introspections and dreams, of fears and apprehensions, of courage and challenges and a tango with your thoughts.

Turn to Art
Turn to Art
As we wrap our heads around the ongoing pandemic, it is only art which has the capacity to heal us.
if i took on the world
if i took on the world
A wistful poem about introspections and dreams, of fears and apprehensions, of courage and challenges and a tango with your thoughts.
An Elegy for Irrfan Khan
An Elegy for Irrfan Khan
Sultana Raza pens a heartfelt tribute to Irrfan Khan, one of the finest actors of Indian cinema, whose untimely death on 29 April, 2020 left behind a void.
Rabindranath Tagore and India's First Electrical Recording
Rabindranath Tagore and India’s First Electrical Recording
The story behind Rabindranath Tagore's historic recording of two recitation titles with a translation of '1400 Saal'.
Rakta Karabi (Red Oleander): A Tribute Poem to Tagore's Drama
Rakta Karabi (Red Oleander): A Tribute Poem to Tagore’s Drama
A poetic tribute to Nandini, the heroine of Tagore's drama Rakta Karabi (Red Oleander) for the occasion of the National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), April 2020.
A Trip to the Indian Store
A Trip to the Indian Store
An image of a regular visit to the only Indian store in town and how it becomes a synaesthesia of memories from home.
Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever
A wistful poem about an introspective journey to look within, when the body is in suffering.
Two Poems on World Poetry Day
Two Poems on World Poetry Day
To celebrate the World Poetry Day, two of my poetic offerings with diverse and dynamic themes, the first one inspired by a painting of a woman and the second one, a poetic summation of my sense of spirituality.
To Spring...
To Spring…
A wistful ode to spring and its all encompassing beauty by Udayaditya Mukherjee.
Friend
Friend
A wistful poem celebrating the all-encompassing beauty of friendship and togetherness amid the peaceful and tranquil beauty of nature.
The Emperor of Green: A Story of Determination
The Emperor of Green: A Story of Determination
Nature is all powerful, and an antidote to the ill-effects of science and technology. We need to resurrect the pristine glory of nature if we want to survive in this materialistic world. A wistful, touching poem by Anagha Rajesh.
The Room Next Door
The Room Next Door
Every room has a story to tell. This wistful poem by Anagha Rajesh, a budding poet from UAE, wonders about a room that has seen many an experience pass by it.
Inspired by the Lotus Sutra - A Poem and Painting on Buddha
Inspired by the Lotus Sutra – A Poem and Painting on Buddha
A tribute to Gautam Buddha and his Lotus Sutra, as my contribution for the poetry movement titled '100 Thousand Poets For Change', a global poetry and art initiative.
I Wonder
I Wonder
A poet is forever wondering, the heart pierced by the injustices and unfairness of a topsy-turvy world. In these lines, we see the reflection of a sensitive heart.
Silent Call
Silent Call
Two poems by Dr Ampat Koshy on the Sakhi that modernize the concept. Translated into Spanish and Hindi.
Blue Elixir
Blue Elixir
Sunidhi Bajaj explores the magical and healing powers of blue in a whimsical poem.
Cruising in a houseboat (Kettuvallam in Malayalam) on the backwaters of Kerala is really a delightful and unforgettable experience.
Kerala: A Series of Vignettes
A tribute to God’s own country, Kerala in short verses, inspired by the memories of our honeymoon almost 14 years back. This series of short poetic vignettes are part of the author's book 'Woman And Her Muse' (Authorspress, 2016)
Pic: weheartit.com
Humanity in Dirt
The world is fading away and if we don't understand this now then there is no tomorrow. Hope you all get to see humanity lying in the dirt as I did! Its time we pick that up and make this sooty jewel a beauty jewel. #LetsTalkHumanity
Mountain Dreams and The Mountains Tell a Story
Mountain Dreams and The Mountains Tell a Story
Two poems by Anindita Bose, depicting various emotional nuances of humans with mountains in the backdrop.
My Mind Screams!
My Mind Screams!
Summer of 2014 was the time when the strongest man of my life (Biceps measured at 16") looked at me like I were one lost cause but I didn't understand why. After a long night full of WHYs, an inexorable me stopped pretending what I was not. This Ballad helped my Dad learn 3 things - I am instinctive, I love him, and hell yeah, I can rhyme.
3 Poems about Forgetting, and Not
3 Poems about Forgetting, and Not
Three wistful poems about remembrance, forgetting and memory by Amitava Nag.
Strawberry Poets
Strawberry Poets
A powerful voice in poetry depicting the reality of poetry of our times - a poem by Santasree Chaudhuri.
To a New Language
To a New Language
An ode to poetry and words, and how they flow from the pen of the poet, the creator of the tapestry of words. A poem by Sarbani Mohapatra.
Occasional Ghazals
Occasional Ghazals
Canada based artist-author Suparna Ghosh presents some of the verses in her latest collection of poetry, Occasionally, written in the form of ghazals in a classical Indo-Persian style.
Voices
Voices
A wonderfully evocative poem by Anindita Bose, poet, author of I Know the Truth of a Broken Mirror, depicting the pains and the screams of humanity.
Silence
Silence
A wistful poem about silence, which is all about an inward journey into one's own self.
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 poem.
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.
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 partner Madhavi over the years.
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.
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', which has been published by Global Fraternity of Poets and has recently received Honorary Mention at the New England Book Festival 2017 in Boston, USA.
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 a poetic review of a book.
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" that I personally oversaw the making of, for her pleasure. A very slim volume, its poems match Emily Dickinson's. Her book had no ISBN or anything of the sort. She was earlier the author of two very successful Bible quiz books. I was fortunate to have collaborated on one poem with her and to help her edit her poems a bit. One day all her works will come out in one volume - the two books left, one of her poems and stories, some for children, and one on art criticism in Malayalam, and she will get her place in literature primarily for her poems. My best tribute I can pay her and all mothers everywhere today is to post the poems in that already published book. If Indian English critics actually searching for great Indian women poets who mattered but were unknown are impartial she will get a place among the very best along with writers like Kamala Das for writing such controlled yet powerful short poems. Only half her output is given here. Sara Abraham (born 16 -02- 1930 and died 11-02-1994) was also Mrs Omanakutty Varghese after her marriage.
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 the poets/contributors.
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.

Today’s Motivation

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Santa Claus loves people, brings happiness to them; He showers all with gifts generously; He shares his joys with forlorn people; He is ever ready to help a needy; His compassion for people is genuine; He identifies everybody in light of solidarity; For him Christmas is not just one day but all days in a year and forever………Anybody who possess these qualities is a Santa Claus in this world.