ACROSS THE OCEANS I (ISSUE 7)

ACROSS THE OCEANS I (ISSUE 7)

Two Poems by Santosh Bakaya

TO THE WOMEN OF ACCRA
(Written in Accra, Ghana during my sojourn there in May 2016)

Your glowing skin

Speaks the language of love,

Of hope, of diligence immense

Your untiring hands wield the ladle

Your child snug in a cloth tied to your back

Serving as a cradle.

Onward, you plough

‘On the pulse of morning’

Songsters singing untrammeled

Kneading dough, baking cakes and bread

There is power in your tread,

In your waltzing eyes and lyrical body

Your tactile warmth, your glowing face

Your lissome grace.

I feel love cascading in joyous profusion.

Dormant lies a creative explosion

Your open arms embrace many

To your throbbing, pulsating bosom’s core

Leaving one yearning for more.

“Now she is rising ‘

‘Now she is striding’,

Maya Angelou utters through the mists of time.

Yes, she is rising, she is striding,

I can see the reason in her rhyme.

THAT COLD DECEMBER DAY 

Why does my mind keep going back

To that cold day in December

When that tired laborer,

[The one with deep sunken eyes,

And a tubercular chest]

Tried to steal some warmth

From the prosperous neighbor’s fire

And was branded a ‘thief ‘

With red, hot words?

This morning hobbles forth, on arthritic feet.

Does it also recall that cold December night

That starry, starry night

When the poor laborer lost that fight

With a dreary night?

The blue-lipped forefathers smirk

As the irked calendar, winces

Flutters and turns

Goes into labor

And delivers

Another

Day.

Jaundiced it is, lackluster too.
Sitting atop a withered tree a raven caws

Lording it over the tiny birds,

Making and unmaking its own laws.

 

The warm morning hobbles on

Ataxic.

But I still feel that chill

In the month of April.

The chill that killed

That shivering labourer

One cold December.

15289332_1166750740028763_6427734838336029315_o (1)Dr Santosh Bakaya, who has a doctorate in modern political theory, is passionate about Literature. An academician, critic, poet, essayist and novelist, she has made her mark both in prose and poetry.

Santosh has authored three mystery novels, ‘The mystery of the Relic’, ‘The mystery of the Jhalana fort’ and The mystery of the Pine cottage for young adults. Her essays on Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr have been published in Gandhi Marg, a quarterly journal of Gandhi Peace Foundation.  The Poet Laureate award instituted by Poetry Society of India was conferred on her for her book Ballad of Bapu recently.

She resides in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India with her husband and daughter.

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