Poetry

Happiness

Chiliyana ChingakhamAnd one day he said “I am not happy”.She asked in her soft tone what was the matter?With despondency he replied“I am not happy with you anymore”.She winced, with aghast to his reply.Poor fool, little did he know..

The Village Playground

Bahena OkramClang! Clang! Clang!The school bell went...As the clock struck three,Came the joyful facesWith whistles and laughterOf the much- awaited freedomLike flocks of sheeps in a ranch.Threw the tattered satchels to bed,Took a morsel off the steel pla..

The New Year Resolution

Dr Ranbir LaishramFirecrackers and beating of drums everywhere,As the clock struck midnightOn the last day of the year 2022,Awakened by the sound of my dog barkingOn a chilly winter night,I woke up thinking of the new year's  resolutionThat lay befor..

The Buck Stops Here

Shahnaz IslamThe moon is fucked up too.Because she could not shimmer more.But only reflected a glimmer ofThe burning essence of the Sun.She can only choose to glareA figment of his incandescent flare.Now the day gloomsAnd the light grows dimShe bares her ..

Happy New Year 2023

M Minakshi DeviThe night of departing year is coming to an end,It's the time for ebullient assemblage with family and friends.As we sip on Dulcet drinks, a pain sits inThat from we can't refrain,To bid adieu to a sweet-year which will not return again.Wit..

Listen to the wind

Dr Bahena OkramOh weary seafarer! What ails you than the sea deeper?Those furrows above your eyebrowsConcealing a tale of unknown sorrow. The sea vast and uncertain, With the fury of gales unchained, And tides like never - ending walls, The seagulls are t..

Merry Christmas

M Minakshi DeviAsleep in deep I, cracker's sound at midnight opened my eyes.Listened a thrilling tone, so familiar- Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell.Echoed that, today is Merry Christmas day.Slipped I back into childhood days, for an angelic story to tell.Recalle..

The beast inside

Adison MoirangthemMen have now shielded with Knight’s armour.Once shed tears of blood,when caught in the quagmire of poverty.Made everyone smile with a hopeby their philanthropic.But worsen by their sugar coated humanity.No one knows first, later re..

Silence, deadening silence

Sanasam PratibimbAnd he knew he will die,I also knew he will not live long,Together we sat looking at the bamboo Grove,As the song of "Ram Teri......G M' swept,Over the bamboo ,from Mike.We didn't speak,The silence speaks all,And now the silence,The bambo..

Buried Deep

M Minakshi DeviOne say” Your comfort was my care”.Others say “ My love was your trust”.But ,now they all stand and weep,As we are being buried deep.Both our hearts have stopped,neither one of them beat,Side-by-side lay our motionle..

Committed Candle

M Minakshi DeviCalmly  burns the candle.Stare I at her flickering flame delightfully dance,Lits up she dark sites, brilliance to arise around,An enlightening light to lives stay in surrounds.Ponder I, how a lighted dying soulGlow so in glee in a dark..

Immortal Gallows

M Minakshi DeviThe knot of the noose feels a bit too tight.Seems all what I faced was worth the fight.My soul shall be laden,blood oozing out of folds.With every passing second,breath difficult to hold.I'd not have succumbed to the wrath of my deed.Know t..

Two lives

Rahul KhangembamTo faces to see and behold,Two lips to call or speak,Two hands to take and giveTwo hearts for good and evil.But life is short and sweetTo be born and die,So don’t waste your life,Living for self or gain,God gives us the two choicesHe..

Love's Twist

Sanasam PratibimbIn this beautiful red rose,I can see your feelings,Particularly the heart that throbsFor me ,once upon a time.Now longer your love,Flows to me as your lover,As by fate,you belong to someone,Much more elegant than me,I want to cease my lov..

Requital

M Minakshi DeviA banshee plays a single song on a dusty piano stored for long,Within the deserted attic she rests in gloom and spends.She mutters over and over that they must repent.Her wails shook the haunted house from the base to the broken crown.Her f..

The poet in me

M Minakshi DeviOften write I whenever at me a hurdle is hurled,Mysterious experience mine I share with the world.I let my ship of creativity smoothly sails,Though lacks it so much depictive details.On purpose this I do to beget that interpreted.Reach out ..

A moment in the era of pandemic

M Minakshi DeviI stood by the blue tinted WindowOf the Covid care ward.Assuming what life after this will be like?An experience of a kind - Candid sunlight,Elucidating the air, flower ruffling breeze.Maze of cottony  clouds sweeping through the roofT..

For sake of him

Shahnaz IslamNothing is worth describing.You fail to inscribe it in words.No soul on earth can understand. The turbulence within.He pretends to understand, but he will never.Except for a part of you,Known by your bedsheet, your pillowcase the door banging..

The lost idea

Sanasam PratibimbI woke up this morning ,Trying to remember the idea,I thought in my dream last night;But nay,I hadn't the faintest ideaAbout it,now that I am awake .Oh! Where had my idea gone?I haven't the faintest idea,But it was such a beautiful idea;I..

Wife's promise

M Minakshi DeviShe was biding a warm goodbye to her husbandThough she was in great pain within herself.Last night everyone was fast asleep in peace.But, she was all eyes wide open thinking of her dear,Worried about him though she knewThat parting time was..

Loving Her

M Minakshi DeviLoving her is like  being patient in a war,Calming an anxious heart in thunderclap.Loving her is embracing in lighted loneliness,As loyally as I can, within  my bars.Loving her is memory out of the longing  memories,Alike Wis..

I swear

Depiya ThoudamI swear, I used to ownA big castle of dreamsOne of the biggest and finestA girl could ever imaginedEverything so bright and beautifulThe scent of Happiness and joySpreads in every roomIf you ask me now,Where is the Castle?Silence would be my..

A kind of feeling

Shahnaz Islam Feelings are just feelingsHere I can’t hide thoughAnd it is even ain’t foreverBut nurturing a kind of feelingBe chime the melody of loveFeelings are just feelingsHere I won’t regret to reciteBefore perishing forever arrives..

Heartbreaks

Malemnganbi NaoremI do not know about you: everyone has a storyBut every poem of mine conceals a heartbreakHeartbreaks that have made me what I am today, a psychotic nerdRaised by hand as Pip was, beaten, abused, tortured since childhoodTill this very mom..

Ferry to Ganges

M Minakshi DeviOh ferryman, benevolentferryman,In which direction are youheading your boat?Are you floating towards theHoly Ganges? May I hop on?I seek to feel its serendipityand divinity,Its crisp zephyr aloft its colossal surface,The water that will car..

A Phenomenally Him

Shahnaz IslamWe are found in bits and piecesWe are fought in urges and vowsAnd fucked in a phenomenally consciousThen we don’t live to us under loveThen we don’t breathe to ours in lustAnd fucked in a phenomenally chanceSome days were sake of ..

Insomnia

M Minakshi DeviAs I lie awake on a sleepless night,Thoughts of future makes me fright.As I look towards the moon white and bright,An albescent beam soothes my sight.While I close my eyes trying to sleep again,Memories of a dear one gives me bitter pain.As..

Pieces

Shahnaz IslamThe way I feelYou, it’s all about youRomancing and talksLove and vowsFights and desiresI can never feel same with that someone’cause it’s all about usOnly about you and me or me and youI carved your name in my chestI did for..

The Abandoned Village

Ningthemba Chingsubam“This is my native villageLuangleijang, the River Valley,Where I was born and brought up.”Quoth the mother to her son.Eftsoons she dropped his handAnd hinted him to have a seatOn a flat stone stuck against the hillside,Nea..

The emptied

Shahnaz IslamThe emptiedIs this soul of mineDark and unprivilegedA ray of light, he is to beAlso he can be calmed beast,But to battle withinAgainst your own thoughtsIs nurturing a hurricaneAnd the fire in my eyes, Can destroy you and me...Then when stewed..

Thought

M Minakshi DeviMy mind hungers to create a story out of the ordinary,My fingers thirst to materialize the immersive scenes.Out of the frenetic day's monotony.I love to spot a kindle of fire in the dark,To write about the line where the shadow and the ligh..

Serendipity

M Minakshi DeviJust like how the Earth quenched her thirstWhilst the season's rain descends,As smooth as the running waterDown the glistening rock of the woods,As soothing as the ray of warmth in the spring,Was the birth of our feelings.Destiny looked dow..

Everyone is a thief

Depiya ThoudamBefore the close of dayPack all your belongingsMake sure they are homeI bet you never knowOnly the uncertain is certainSooner the better you knowEveryone is a thiefOnly the owner doesn’t stealThe wheels of thoughtsSteered by time and s..

First rain

Shahnaz IslamThrough my windowI gaze at those golden hazeDressed in pearl dewsEvery morning.And by noonI know I have been hungry like a wolfTo smell the first rain for prey.When touched the EarthDroplets danced and made loveLike a maiden fallen for her Cu..

Blight of Nature

M Minakshi DeviThe Earth’s crust that briskly burns,Thick toxic smog suffocates every lungs.Brown pasture unfurl o’er the lithYet hunger stricken critter relish,As sparks ignite all that we’ve lost.An explosion of oil spills,The black sl..

Musing

M Minakshi DeviAmbling by the rushing river ,Locking the hands of their hearts.Drawing closer to the Full Moon,Embarking the yarn of a new life.Unfurling blissful wishes onto the wavesThat reflect the blue with the hint of blush.Dancing in glee leaves afl..

The Fathomless Pain

Shahnaz IslamI feel it in my veins orJust like a cold blooded feet,I walk withWords you said onceLeft imprinted in my mind‘You’re the fathomless pain’Stained the skinI live with it or a reasonI can die forTo be found us,Called a moment f..

Remains

Shahnaz IslamHis walks over my wet cemeteryThe graveyard my homeHungry ghosts haunted him, way back to cityThe daylight mirage himHungry ghosts all returns,Covertly I adore,Remains of his touchAn imprint of his feet in my cemetery...

The savour of one desire

Shahnaz IslamHustle of trafficIn red and greenWith whirls of more motor horn andThe thrust radio in my carAll concealed and unfortunate but,In fierce search of oasis“why not play the recorder?”That someone saidAnd felt the rain...Tale of love ..

I the Earth

M Minakshi DeviI the Earth and The earth is us,Every extensive forest,every river that gush.On bare hills fists of grey heaven smote,Floating in our midst the warm SunAiding every life, lilliputian to significant.The sea on me roars and trembles like a dr..

Pristine Death

M Minakshi DeviO Death, so pure and pristine.Fanciest thing that has ever been.You were a blind turn thatNo one could ever foresee,But , the ultimate home where,All eventually would be.Pure as a crystal as clear as streams.A peaceful slumber full of mysti..

Song of spring

M Minakshi DeviNature rings bell, it’s echoes tell - Arrived again the Spring,To kill chill, serenity to shower, brilliance to bring.Growing now greens winding up wintery white,Flourishing floral plants upon hills and plains to look bright.Around al..

Summer with Mangoes

Depiya ThoudamForgotten are those days of winterFrosty mornings and chilly nightsThose weighted blankets ain’t in sightSun rises early and sets much laterFor sure the winter has passedGolden mustard flowers are goneMust have been tired of dancingRou..

Alone but not lonely

M Minakshi DeviIsolating myself from city lights,Nattering to my soul seated under the stars,To hear it's tale of how it's been hurt,How it healed and adored it's scars.I tried to recognise my soul,Staying hidden behind my anger, smile and pain,Or living ..

The sugarcane vendor

M Minakshi DeviStood the Sugarcane vendor LambuFrail and tall,with his striking blue wheel cart.Lacquering brightly under the SunMigrating upon the straight narrow lanes,Ahead Lamphel Cathedral or under the flaming Gulmohar,Crossing lawns in tiny towns an..

Mother, you are my everything

Rahul KhangembamMy first love,My first teacher,Mother, you are my everything You hid your hunger to feed me,You give me hopeIn spite of adversityYou protect meWhen trouble comes,Mother, you are my everything.Even when I don’t speakYou know my h..

Memories of Yaoshang

M Minakshi DeviRefreshing season, the Spring is back,Accompanying memories of the Holi, for merry to make,Assuring joy to kids and youngs whilst the festival of colours break.Memorializing I that night my days bygone,We kids when smeared colours onto face..

Nature's Melody

M Minakshi DeviAll the tall trees swaying, dipped in a green dye.Gust of wind making them bow to the blue sky,Knitting their beautiful branches in a tight tie,Standing with pride under the blue, us to share cheer,Where a sweet silent melody of Nature fill..

Deceit in Friendship

M Minakshi DeviSoaked in friend’s fortune, hands stained with the victim’s blood,With whom he once shared pretentious swim in love’s flood,At the next dawn,he came close to a fat friend elsewhere,With promise to tie up friendship,very ne..

The Second Coming

William Butler YeatsTurning and turning in the widening gyre   The falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   The ce..