Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Let Me Understand

My wooded house
Once made of mud walls
With a tiles covered roof
Supported by woods and bamboos,
Where the sun light used to sneak in
In the morning like a stealth cat
When horizon was turnig bright,
And visited every nook and cornor of the house
Following grandma's slow,measured steps
And hid silently
Behind the western outermost wall
As the evening knocked at the gate,
The burning lanterns in the courtyard
Matched with twinkling stars in the sky,
Now silently rests
Only in the histroy of my mind and heart.

It's stilI fresh in my mind
How I used to sleep with my grand maa
On the old loose cot
Kept in the middle of the courtyard,
Watching the endless sky
Full of millions of stars,
Listening the stories of paradise.

But today
As the wish of our successors prevails
There stands a palatial building
Full of well furnished rooms,
Cars and physical cares
With utmost privacy
For each and everyone.

What is not in the air
Is the scent of collective efforts,
And the touch of pain and pleasure,
Wherewith the walls and roofs were made,
There are designer beds,carved wooden sofas,
But no soft and craddling cot
Whereupon my childhood slept
In fearless freedom
With some affectionate elderly touch.

Let me live but once
Under the shadow of those days,
And embrace
The feel of togetherness.


  1. Vijay Kumar Sappatti to me
    2:12 PM (1 hour ago)

    one of the most amazing poems i have ever read.... kudos rajiv ji .. bahut sundar...


  2. Pooja puja to me

    "bahut khoob...
    ye aapki hi kavita ka English version hai na???
    wakai, aap apne aap mei ek example hain ki bhaavnaon ko bhasha ki jaroorat nahi padhti...

  3. There are few known names in the history of peotry in India who were equal genius in many languages, some of them are Tagore,Raghupati Sahay alias Firaq Gorakhbpuri, Jayant Mahapatra, Kamla Das who have continuously written in more than one language and in this league, it will not be an exaggeration if I say, the fast emerging name is Rajiv Kumar. He has the same poetic spark and brilliance in both Hindi and English. When he writes in English, his sensibility and choice of words changes and while he writes in Hindi, he crafts them with sensitivity of Indian emotion. The present poem is an brilliant example. I have read them both thoroughly and surprised on his rare spark. May god bless his spark.

  4. Let me live but once
    Under the shadow of those days,
    And embrace
    The feel of togetherness.

    Wonderful nice presentation.
    Touching with emotions.
    Thanks for your mail.

    Please,find time to visit my blog.

  5. Prerna Argal to me

    "nice post.congratulation."

  6. Veena srivastava to me

    अच्छी लगी....

  7. very deep and vivid imagery..
    last verse is fantastically beautiful :)
    Enjoyable read !!

  8. Thanks all of you.Feel grateful.

  9. Prritiy . to me

    good creation, keep it up.

    Warm Regards