Thursday, August 1, 2019




The rumbling sound of train
reaching my apartment,
opens the floodgates of memory
with fascinating childhood snapshots-
My madeleine moment!

On the mesmeric window seat
of the train coach,
I sat with an artless ease
running my curious eyes
over the different horizons-

The green zone of open fields,
tall trees and jungles with
vast virescent canopy of leaves
lulling me into dreams captivating!

A myriad of egrets
with buff plumage
on the bank of a river
that ran along a bed of stones
enormous and white
like prehistoric eggs!

The journey was made special
by the pervading smell of
crunchy samosas and purees,
while the voice of chaiwala
continued to resonate in the
thick of the bustle of platform

Whizzing past station after station
amid the train ratting down
the tracks, as my heart
waited in anticipation for
the train to pass a bridge:
Throwing coins into a river
was a real thrill for me!

Tell me, how can I forget
the innocent excitements
and the exhilaration-
the thickly textured experience
of bygone train journeys?
Ah! that once more I were a child !


Your memory-
The pink- red lake
of a mirific morning
with golden strands:
I wish to drown myself
in the colour coral!

Your memory -
The blue-grey lagoon
of a dark night
with silver threads:
I love to swim
and feel weird!

Your memory -
The fireflies with
a soft warm glow
flickering through the
trees of my heart: I behold
the wonder of phosphorescence!

Your memory -
The fading flames of dusk
with dying embers of love
burning fitfully:
I watch the
cinders in snatches!

Your memory –
The weepy feeling of
a melancholy moment:
With hands holding
bruised blossoms and dried leaves
I endure the ache!


Age cannot be defied
Pearls fallen from the string
Can’t be retrieved.

We must accept the change
There is no free will
Only … only the inevitable.

Like silent shadows
Fly the aberrant days and nights
Gone are the green meadows.

Older still I daily grow
Amid the missing notes of yesteryear
A deluge of memories overflows.

Spring flowers in bloom
A burst of colours the pulse of passion
Waned in silent gloom.

The dull remembrance of change
Tugs at my heart pulling me back
A feeling sad and strange.

But the nostalgic longings
Don’t trap me in the negative conundrums
I realise the natured part of life cycles.

My advancing years now
Become a season of harvest
I’ll tell you how.

I tap the source of my mind
Full of positive vibes and hope
Colours in creative contours I find.

The sun and the rain of yesterday
Join to make a beautiful rainbow
For me a new archway.

The scent of my departed years
A potpourri of pale purple flowers
Envelops me in a fog of fragrance!


Dr. RANJANA SHARAN SINHA: A professor by profession and a poet by passion – Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha has been honoured with many awards and accolades for her outstanding contribution to Literature: Best Poet Award, Poets International, Bangalore; Commendation from the former President of India, A.P.J Abdul Kalam for the poem ‘Mother Nature’; Rashtriya Pratibha Samman (Kavya Kalanidhi) Udaipur; Best Citizens of India, International Publishing House, New Delhi; Best Teacher Award, Nagpur, Brajsahityamani Samman, Brajlok Sahitya Kala, Sanskriti Samiti, Agra; Chitransh Kulbhaskar Samman, Bilaspur, etc. She is an eminent author and critic, too. Her poems, short stories, articles and research papers have been widely published at national and international levels as well as prestigious dailies, magazines, e-zines, archives. She has the privilege of getting her poems published in Indian Literature, India’s oldest official English language literary journal of its kind published by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Her poems have appeared in world class anthologies of poetry. Authored and published 7 books in different genres and 50 research papers covering different subjects and themes. The books are 1. Spring Zone (Collection of Poems and Haiku), 2. Midnight Sun (Collection of Short Stories), 3. Nature in the Poetry of William Wordsworth and Sumitra Nandan Pant (Criticism), 4. Feminism: Times and Tides (A Historiographical and theoretical commentary on Feminism), 5. Different Dimensions (Compilation of Research papers), 6. Scents and Shadows (Collection of Poems),   7. Rhymes for Children (Rhyme Book). Presented papers in many national and international conferences and seminars. Invited as a resource person. Completed and published UGC-sponsored MRP on comparative literature. Research supervisor (English Literature), RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India. Associated with a number of poetry groups and literary organisations. Writes in Hindi, too A lifelong learner and educator.

1 comment :

  1. Me encantó Popurrí, pues transita en la vida del hombre sus aspectos positivos y negativos de una manera muy sutil y elegante.