Poetry by Mitra Samal
GLOW OF DARKNESS Dreams are like stars, each one has them on their share of the sky Glistening and in its light spreading an ocean of hope They come only in the shades of the night and in the shadow of our thoughts In a state that isn’t real but has a tiny connection with the dimensions of life It twinkles its way into a path that lies hidden from the conscious mind, only to show the possibilities shielded by the blinding light The glaze of aristocracy doesn’t shine on a plebeian An unknown path is where all the known paths must lead It is what the open eyes always fail to comprehend The eternal glow of darkness waiting to be discovered CANDLE It’s a candle fighting against the darkness, for the ill-fated electric bulb that failed to glow It’s a candle that burns every atom in it for the mood lifting aroma and the flicker of light It isn’t enough to keep you warm in the chill of winter but glows enough to ignite your mind in the haunting absence of light A candle that dies with the night Giving way to more candles that must keep burning till the breaking dawn, for the moon isn’t enough and the light bulb isn’t reliable A candle that is rumoured to raise the dead from their grave I write with the glowing candle in the faint moonlight I pray with the candle to strengthen my devotion A candle that made a pledge to sacrifice till the last whit of its life
Mitra Samal writes poems and stories or memoirs. Her recent poetry book called Beginning was published in 2018. Her poems have been published in Poetry Society India, Muse India, Borderless Journal, Madras Courier, Setu, The Punch Magazine, Dissident Voice and FemAsia among others.
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