Soaring The Skies

Pongal, Sankranti & Uttarayana

 

In gratitude for agricultural abundance

Comes this festive Tamilian observance

Gift giving, feasting and home visiting

A rice and milk dish with Jaggery sweetening

The four day festival of Gregorian calendar

Comes the Harvest significance of Thai Pongal

Kite flying, bon fires and Surya Puja in the river

The arts and dance and feasting social fervor

Gathering of crowds at Yamuna and Ganga sangam

For the sacred prayer and a dip at Prayag confluence

Kumbh Mela forming integral part of pilgrimage

During Makar Sankranti Hindu festival to this age

Recurring each year in mid January is its occurrence

In the Maagh Hindu month of spiritual observance

Washing off past sins, gaining merit and absolvence

Bathing in holy waters to ritualism predominance

Dips in sacred rivers Krishna, Godavari and Cauvery

Thanking the Sun God for successes and prosperity

Commencement of the auspicious six month ascension

Comes Uttarayana the period of holy benediction

Sticky sesame sweets with ghee and gur sweetness

Symbolizing unity, peace and joyfulness of togetherness

The sky is brightened with a vibrant air and a zesty flair

Kites of shapes, colors and sizes fly high without a care

Contests amazing form events in appreciative cheer

Young and old all dressed up in festive gear.

Sikiladi

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Published in “Diwali and Beyond” by The Asian weekly 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPRING FESTIVAL

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Uttarayan’s holiness is here again

In the year’s very first month

Sesame seeds gain prominence

And jaggery grows to full strength

 

Sweet flattened roundels of the seeds

That appears like glossy white beads

Shared by all as sweet holy servings

Jaggery accompanying the tastings

 

Dedications made to the Lord Surya

By taking dips and bathing in the Ganga

Makar Sankranti festival of the North

Becomes Pongal festival in South India

 

Rice being cooked on slow heat

Sweetened and seasoned upbeat

Raisins and coconut with butter clarified

Happiness of folks intensified

 

Kites occupying space in the sky

Colors so bright that birds go shy

Competing colleagues in the flying trait

Beholding glass coated threads for strengths

 

Soaring their kites of sizes and shapes

Jovial feasts and exchange of sugarcanes

India runs the festive demarcations

Spreading a warmth of sun salutations

 

With Magh Bihu in Assam a celebration

The Bengali Poush Sankranti jubilation

Tai Pongal of Kerala a lively felicitation

Coinciding harvest and spiritual unification

 

Coming along with the Lohri festival

Bonfires here and encircling there

With fires lit up amongst kith and kin

Taking break from the day’s hard din

 

Song and dance and the warming of hands

Fire symbolic of transformation and regeneration

Brings camaraderie and bonhomie sentiment

Veneration of Agni by offering peanuts n popcorn

 

And the sweetness of gajjak and the revri

The Rays of light an omen of Gold fortune

Legends of Dulla Bhatti in many a song

Clans clap together with the Dhol sound

 


 

In The Media:

Published as a Special Poem in The Asian Weekly

 

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Almighty’s Pocket

 

Emerging from the socket

Of Almighty’s huge pocket

Comes a year so spotless

So fresh in all its newness

 

May each passing moment

Emerging from Almighty’s pocket

Be unpolluted in thought and deed

For each living creed that shall breed

 

May each passing hour

Of this year that we savor

Witness a globe of love surround

May we be able to hear the silent sound

 

May blessed be each day

Together let’s all pray

With compassion and jubilation

All timely tasks be undertaken

 

May each passing day

Of this freshly docked New Year

Be spent in progress and growth

Glorifying mercies and boons henceforth

 

May each passing night

Of this freshly unwrapped Year

Be spared of hatred and enmity

And blessed with gratitude and spirituality

 

May Each week be pleasant

For the king and the peasant

With humility, care and acceptance

Life become thy sacred sustenance

 

May each passing week unfold

A trait more positive than before

With hands that help to raise

Uplifting the load of life in praise

 

May each passing month

Of this welcome New Year

Blend companions in mutual flow

Forgiving and forgetting all past row

 

May this year that just emerged

Be glorious for our civilization

With reforms within our mind frames

With humanity playing no dirty games

 

May this New Year that emerged

From Almighty’s huge pocket

Unfold bundles of health and happiness

Discarding impolite inhumanness


IN THE MEDIA:

Poem of the Month: January 2018, Published in The Asian Weekly : Edition 385, Jan 05 – 11th,  2018

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