Poem by Akshay Sonthalia

 

Seven

Trust those Intuitions, hailing from the void within,
Lord Krishna travelled through red zones to reach them to you –
Combating with all that’s lazy.

Creativity daunts Emotions, to spurt out as a liquid,
Held back only by guilt;
Simply overcome, by keeping an orange coral.

Chant ‘Ram’ touching your naval region –
Feel the determination within;
Refueling yourself by fasting intermittently.

Smell the freshness in the green Jungle, like Lord Ganesha your heart lies therein
Don’t let greed shut the doors to your breath:
That keeps you alive and human.

Voice gratitude to the almighty,
Like Narad Muni gain knowledge and thrive,
Let water do the cleansing, of all deception and lies.

Meditate like Lord Shiva, anger drives one blind,
See the depths of life within –
Acquisition it through patience astride.

Listen with an open mind, be the king you deserve to be,
Remember, Dhritarashtra was engulfed in pride making unwise decisions;
Addressed, wearing an Amethyst.

Glossary:
Dhritarashtra – Name of a blind king in the Hindu epic called Mahabharat.
Narad Muni – Messenger of the Gods in Hindu Mythology.
Lord Shiva – God of Destruction.
Ganesha – Obstacle Remover God.
Krishna – God of Maintenance.

 

Akshay Sonthalia is a poet who holds a weekly column in the local newspaper of India called The Dehradun Street. He started writing 14years back with his poem being published in the school magazine in 2006. His books are available on Amazon Kindle. He hosted poetry events for 5years in Mumbai with Whistling Woods International – a film making institute. He promoted the art of poetry at Equal Streets, a Times of India initiative in Mumbai. He was called upon as a guest speaker at TISS Lit fest, Mediathon Festival of St. Pauls’ Institute Mumbai.

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