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Praveen Kumar In Celestial Glow


In A Barren Strip


Like wild fire I flared,
Like volcano I erupted,
Like spaceship I zoomed
To rainbow realm of colours
Only to find myself, spent force;
Nothing I spared,
Nothing me interrupted
In the colossal drive to my goal
Hidden beyond human horizons
Only me to find stuck somewhere.

No wings I had to sail through,
No crafts helped to zoom high,
Yet with resolve, born out of fire
From churnings deep within me,
Shed barriers to soar to far world;
Nothing counted in the race,
And possessed in impregnable zeal,
Eyes shut, and ears plugged,
And inner world closed to world
I ran my miles without count.

No wear and tear bothered me,
Each hurdle invested impetus afresh,
No looking back in obstacles race
Till I felt I did lose my track
And stopped to view the path travers’d;
Lo, I found me in a barren strip,
Alone, lost, and night hanging low,
A dead-end in front, no sign posts;
Tired, worn out, I found myself,
And resigned to fate, slowly turned back.

Submitted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Edited: Friday, February 21, 2014

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