Wednesday, May 1, 2019




The sun may rise or set
I will sail my life boat with no regret
The river of life maybe calm or violent
But with my oar of hope no chance of defeat
The sail of my boat is my strong mind
that can never be torn by the strongest wind
I can decide my own direction
No current can ever change my destination
No adversity can ever eclipse my ambition
As I myself is a golden ever shining sun!


Love peeps naturally
like the soothing sunshine
That filters through the ever flexible interstices of the arching trees,

Love springs spontaneously
like the sprightly spring
That jumps out of the interstices of the stubborn hill,

Love sprouts automatically
like the seed blown by the wind and buried under the ground
that peeps its head through the interstices between the soil particles

Love penetrates into the heart naturally
like the rain fallen from heaven
that percolates into the core through the interstices in between solid rocks/ soil particles

Love fills the interstices in the rocky garden of our lives
With charming little plants
Ladden with colourful lovely flowers
That we can't but love and adore


The banyan tree that stands upright in my garden
With a green crown like a queen
Standing steadfast, splendid and stronger
Like me rooted firmly to the soil
With so many aerial prop roots
As I'm rooted to my family and friends
In spite of limitless trials and turmoil
I too am the queen of my kingdom
Though my feet, at every step, are chained with irrational customs and traditions.

The leaves, large, leathery, glossy and green
The young ones with a reddish tinge
Inhale tirelessly the breezy wind,

absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen,

fan the tired travellers and quench others' hunger
My each moment and every ounce of strength
I spent and burn for their comfort and complement

absorb pain and scatter pleasure.

The tree bears without any complaint
The scorching summer, chilly winter and heavy shower
But keeps ever ready for others a cool shady bower
People pelt stones at it with selfish intention
But it gifts them with figs and showers affection
In stress and strain I remain cool and stubborn
And keep smiling in spite of unbearable pain
Both blame and praise are my priceless gain
As their comfort is my life's sole aim.

We both know our freedom and limitations
We never stretch arms to touch the sky
We know it's too vast and high
We are born to live and die for others
To give only with no expectations is our only pleasure

So at night we silently look at the twinkling stars
To summon strength to scatter selflessly rays of love forever


Mrs NAMITA RANI PANDA is a poet, story writer and translator from Sambalpur district of Odisha, India. She is Vice-Principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Cuttack under the Ministry of HRD, Deptt. of School Education and Literacy , Govt. of Indi, now entrusted with the responsibility of Principal in JNV Bijapur, Chhatishgarh. Her two published Anthologies of poems are Blue Butterflies and Rippling Feelings. Her poems are highly acclaimed in many National and International magazines and journals. Her signature words are love and optimism.The main themes of her concerns are social injustices, love and other issues related to life. She is an active member of Cosmic Crew, a literary group of women poets in Odisha working with the motto “My pen for the world.”

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