Poetry

I Can't Breathe !

Dr Ranbir LaishramI can't breathe!It began with mother Nature,The ocean,the woods, the air, the Earth,The multitude in metropolis,Only one voice, the same words:"I can't breathe"The elixir of lifeNo longer secure.I can't breathe!Also the last word of Geor..

Mother

M Minakshi DeviInternal bliss, we only have heard about it.But that lies on our mother's lap.So,I sat next to her on the couch.Had the urge to lay my head on her lapThat instantly brought about fondful memories.The love she pours in is like a sweet amber ..

Baji

Soibam EkendraWe are each of us stronger than we thinkYour stoicism encouraged meBrought to a state of stoicsChanged the direction frequentlyCould make a society of selfThat related me to another planetThen ought to be an orphanNo one were for YouHave any..

The Crisis revisited - Who is to blame ?

Dr Ranbir LaishramThe world in Mayhem again,The  crisis has revisited,After an apparent sigh of relief and Hope,The '"contagion" bounces back with a vengeance,Prepared with new weaponry,Triple mutant.A real testing time for the custodian,Short lived ..

A Dream Within a Dream

Edgar Allan Poe Take this kiss upon the brow!And, in parting from you now,Thus much let me avow —You are not wrong, who deemThat my days have been a dream;Yet if hope has flown awayIn a night, or in a day,In a vision, or in none,Is it therefore the ..

She Walks in Beauty

Lord ByronShe walks in beauty, like the nightOf cloudless climes and starry skies;And all that’s best of dark and brightMeet in her aspect and her eyes;Thus mellowed to that tender lightWhich heaven to gaudy day denies.One shade the more, one ray th..

Vanity Fair

Soibam EkendraYell me not muchHave trepidation to expressThe ptolemiac of a success lifeIt is well-nigh impossible to succeedMay thy piognancy of mineSome eulogising my effortsThe reincarnation of suffering life,Have the limitation of sufferingIf so; let ..

Spring

M Minakshi DeviAt dawn amid the dreaded pandemic, I woke up apace,Thrilled to listen the melodious tune a cuckoo sing.Its hymn ejected me out of my Covid-traumaTo rove in sky to seek and greet the bird That promises us a good will on arrival of the Spring..

Ageing with Grace

Dr Ranbir LaishramAs we age with a baggage ,Packed with life's realities and woes ,The moans and groans grow louder,Of the God’s gifted body parts ;I feel more for the feeble and vulnerable,For, I failed to fathom them in my heyday,A new tenderness ..

Oh! Sycophant Fear

Joykumar SinghPeople say, what a dreadful sensation you are.Why do they so long for to drift away from every fear?But in truth, a fear may be our friend or a foeThat embraces us in reality or in an illusionEither to pave ways for trips leading to our goal..

How One will be Remembered !

Dr Ranbir LaishramFrom nothingness to existence,One travels the journey of life,Through this illusion càlled "Time".Everyday millions of soulsDawns on this planet with a cry,And leave in silence,With a baggage full of experience and wisdom.The immort..

Bonfire

DorsyHodam The starryNight took me in his embraceClaiming companion on my first sightMy eyes blessed with the power of lightBurned to brighten a part of that night.Those who created me, surroundedMorphing me, helping my passion burnI burn and burn, p..

A Slave or A Master !

Dr Ranbir LaishramPlayed my role as a player,a warrior and a lover,For decades, blinded by ego and pride,I lost touch with my soul withinDrifted in the sea of worldly chaos.Having lived an eventful life,Now, I step back and get disconnectedA silent observ..

Dreams

Langston HughesHold fast to dreamsFor if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged birdThat cannot fly.Hold fast to dreamsFor when dreams goLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snow...

Moment With My Pen

M Minakshi DeviEach day I feel to stay highly keenTo reunite with my pen and blank paper.It doesn't matter if I am sad or glad,Something I still wish to write down upon the paper.Sometimes it rhymes musically,sometimes totally not.Sometimes it makes real ..

The Last Night

Dorsy HodamLying there, unable to fall asleepEyes closed but mind unrestThe silence suffocating meI slowly rise and sat upMy eyes wandered to the soundOf the rusted clock on the wallIt was almost midnightI left my bed and began walkingAimlessly, looking a..

We are all Human !

Dr Ranbir LaishramHowever greatHe is in life,Be he a king,A man in power,Every human is mortal.He lives only onceThe flame of spirit,Burning insideFlickers eventually And comes to a halt.Every man has three characters.One he exhibits,One he has,And one he..

For One To Faithful

M Minakshi DeviI fell in love with people because it is painless and lovelyTo consume a shroud of dopamineKindling my stomach like lightning.I fell in love with people because it is pleasing and easierThan looking down into the dull soundless dark space o..

Annabel Lee

Edgar Allan PoeIt was many and many a year ago,   In a kingdom by the sea,That a maiden there lived whom you may know   By the name of Annabel Lee;And this maiden she lived with no other thought   Than to love and be loved by..

A Red, Red Rose

Robert BurnsO my Luve is like a red, red rose   That’s newly sprung in June;O my Luve is like the melody   That’s sweetly played in tune.So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,   So deep in luve am I;And I will luve the..

One Midsummer Dream

Dorsy HodamIt was a dream, a midsummer midday dream A wonderful dream, a summer day dreamLike something out of an idyllic Japanese movieSweeping me off away with the summer breezeA dream where I saw myself in that red Bengali sari Like one of those gorgeo..

Fullmoon

M Minakshi DeviThe Full Moon, flawlessly orb, stupendous and shimmering,Low on the capital's filthy horizon,Faint and white as a dainty pearl,Wrapped in the softest clothing as thou an undyed silken linen.It is meek it is mild, flooding the city with ligh..

The Night

Prof RK Narendra SinghOh night !Darker the you, brighter the stars.A bright moon always dwells in dark.You’re so alive and purer than the day.Freely asleep in the arms of dreams,Everyone enjoys in another world.Oh night !Deeper the you, better the c..

Whither Homeland...

Dr Ranbir LaishramWhere there is no fair play,We're seeking justice.Where there is no rule of law,We are seeking for Court order.Where there is chaos in society,We are searching for harmony.Where there is  dictatorship, We are looking for democr..

Where Fate Leads

Dorsy HodamLeaning against the archway of the doorStaring blankly across the horizonThe past muddled with the futureUnable to tell dreams from reality.The cracked hands on top of each otherPinned to the ground; passing before her eyesAll that has happened..

Realization in the dark

M Minakshi DeviThey say, life is luminous in a bright active day light.But, when I close my eyes and cogitate twice,I feel more flawed, more moralized as well more wise.In a pitch black darkness of a calm night.To me, a day's busy moments seem  to ge..

Hinges and his beloved

Nongmaithem Priyadarshini                       A heavy trudge... and a left behind trail,Dusty and rustic,Along the sandy shoreOf the vast deser..

The paper once I valued most

Dr Ranbir LaishramToiled day and night ,Through years togetherTo get a piece of paper,A paper with my name on it.How happy I wasWith the paper in my hand,The pride of my family,my natives,My degree certificate.A ticket to my dream.With many more years,Com..

Decision

Dorsy HodamOn the blue canvas, the bright yellow sunSpreading rainbow and sunraySmoky snow clouds swayin the airThe whole world seems to be gay.Today I decided, decided to walkOn this very road, through the parkThere is no rush or runAll my work and worry..

Hymn of life

Minakshi DeviWith a musical cry just after birth,Commences a human's tales of  happiness and sorrow.A life is nothing but a cozy burden we have borrowed.Birth by birth,they toil to  live in pursuit of happiness even if it appears perennially too..

As I see the world in one page

Dr Ranbir LaishramWherever I go,Whosoever I meet,Wherever I set my eyes on,I find the same ,A human with a digital mobile phone.An era of digital technology,An irreversible fact of the world today.The whole power in one's fingertips!A powerful teacher, it..

I will rise

M Minakshi DeviHey! My mythological rival,Why are you beset with so much gloom?Does my bloating spirit upset your mood?You may wish to puncture the bloat with your pointed nailBut, just like the Moon and the Sun securing surety of tidesAnd like a flourish..

Walking through the final lap of my life

Dr Ranbir LaishramWhen you see me walking  quietly,Avoiding a hive of activity,Sometimes sitting alone,I know how you feel for meOften you pity on me -An old man with poor insight and strength.But don't show your sympathy on me,For I am still young a..

The Mansion

DorsyHodamAmidst the stirring scent of the forest,Tingling tunes of the earthWhere the riblets run with the beatsStands a Mansion old as time.Walls hardly seen but creepers,Submerged deep into the hard groundBecoming one with natureAs one of her very own...

Dwell in me - Oh ! human

Dr Ranbir LaishramAlways on the run,Never stopping in between,People called me,An illusion, a mystery,A puzzle to ponder,Hard to solve,You called me - Now, the moment.Unlike others,Taking a rest, a nap,I am ever moving,To eternity.You often forget,I am al..

Our room of three years

Dorsy HodamHer eyes, following meObserving every move, I make.I grabbed my jeans and teeRemembering things, I need to pack.Acting ignorant, I hovered aroundMaking sure nothing is left behind.Not a sound came from her,Nor a wobble in that body of hers.Just..

Mysterious dreams

Shongminthang HaokipEvery time I wake up with dreamsmy consciousness stretches beyondthis body and mindYes, I live in two-dimensional paradigmFrom a spiritual realm to this mortal worldThough mysterious than a mycelial networkMy soul guides me through in ..

Coward cold

M Minakshi DeviCold is coward,it bullies the poors.But passes by mansions with AC rooms or furnace heat.And secured with well built windows and doors.Cold is coward,it harasses the child and women in rags,But will grow mild,will retire before  the bo..

The reality of life

Dr Ranbir LaishramLife,an altruistic blessing!A marvellous Gift bestowed by God,To every man,Where we enjoy and rejoice,We strengthen the spirit,To serve the purpose,Of this priceless gift.Yes,we all have dreams...A passion and a hope for our own self,A v..

Disaster

Dorsy HodamDisaster. A big disaster, spread aroundThe big river in the city brokeRoaring, souring the waves pouredDrowning all the greens underneathFlooding everything eyes can seeAll now standing on a huge lakeEven the beds in the small roomOf the house ..

The land of jewels

Rashmi Buragohain Cradled by the satin hillsListening to the lullabies Of the gliding windDraped in soft green and powdery blue ... The land of jewels glows Under the vast skyWeaving dreams for you and me.....

Nothing gold can stay

Robert FrostNature's first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf's a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay...

The voice inside me

Dr Ranbir LaishramYou dwell inside me,As inner sense of right and wrong,A guiding force,For my thought, my mindAnd action thereof,To lead on my life,In the right direction.I salute thee,My saviour,My life's constant companion.My wrongdoings,Out of absurdi..

This world

Shongminthang HaokipThough part of my poetic soul findsSerenity in every essence of lifeFrom the fresh air I breatheTo the paradisal natures aroundOr the affections I have for humansAnd the fulfilling lives of other speciesAnd yet despite every reasons to..

Welcoming the new year - A message from mother nature

Dr Ranbir LaishramYes,my children !This past year,I know you had a hard time,Combating the tiny 'Contagion',Your own making.Your perception,Calling the contagion,My revenge is evocative.All through the ages,I embrace you with all humility -Young and old,g..

New Year 2021

M Minakshi DeviAs the sound of midnight bells echoed, a brand new year begin,Let's raise our hope in a confident toast to the golden promise it ushers in.With pace of time and reminiscing of memory,The Guide Year now fades leaving back a bitter but awaken..

Amur Falcon (Akhuaipuina) A thanksgiving!

Oh, Human ! My home is the Mother Nature. Anywhere,I choose to stay, Wherever, it suited me..

Delights of Diwali

The history of Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya led to the onset of Diwali, It's now time of the year to spread some smiles and be someone's ally. An array of light that brings joy as it arrives each year..

Ocean

On a sandy texture of sea I stood By a sudden gust of wave I feet At a low speed touched on land from air..

A Trip Down the Memory Lane

Sipping my evening tea, I go down the memory lane, Of several decades back..

English Bye

Decades passed by, She waits for an audience. Her lace veil covers her stealthy eyes..

Rural Dreams

Born a city girl, fed on loneliness and hyperactive life, Of all the running,merely catching up on breathe...

I’m busy

I’m busy; but not in the way most people accept...

Keep Going

When failures come – keep going When you feel like giving up – keep going..

Autumn rain

Set free from the bondage of grey clouds, A message from far off nature it brings, drumming over my roof A noisy racket of wide mouthed geese and frogs arouses..

What a life ?

Morning starts, With good morning news: Covid -19 pandemic details,..

My fake aficionado

On the last weekend of Sept; The time when I sprawled on the grass at the time of dusk, Saw stars in the sunset sky; Four-five, countables !..

The Winter of Life

In the journey of life, Between birth and death, While surfing through the tides,..

Depression blues

An eye that weeps, a tranquil mind, sodden and somber, Life once lived isn't same anymore, as she assume. An anxious being in a perplexed macrocosm...

Ocean

On a sandy texture of sea I stood By a sudden gust of wave one feet At a low speed touched on land from air..

The gordian knot

An epidemic had arrived, I heard I exclaimed “What! Between the pandemic”, Yes, another epidemic between the pandemic...

The price of compassion

A young charismatic, Diligent doctor he was, Full of enthusiasm and life,..

North Eastern Tale

I captured a blissful sight of seven flamboyant hills. It pleased overly my moist naked eyes, A range of seven,known for unison, they say...

Aesthetics of nature

The mountains were perfectly curve For I took inspirations and sketched my art. And the clouds wandering above the hills..

Luminous

Tears of broken dreams Erupting from the deep corner Of the Mind,..

Women

When the Almighty God sat down to make a woman, He gave her empathy,love and compassion. By the time he finished creating her, He had a little magic left for other...

My trusted friend

In this journey of life, Along the way, I met you. Blooming into a friendship...

To whom does it belong ?

I was young, the smell of puberty was absent, I believed my mother was mine only, To which I often argue with my siblings..

A memoir of good old days

Sitting alone in a pensive mood, I saw the neighbour’s kids in the balcony, Giggling and playing...

Dead leaves of December

The wild wind of Sept whirl away To the chilly, warm beamed lit of Dec meets; The wind is calm and love, the last ride, the sunlit smile,..

Father?

Take me into your heavenly abode Here I am still a believer of you, And all the news headlines are gloomy..

Fear

Round the clock,she fears of brutal inevitable. She fears of lacerated body,she fears the looming debauchers. She fears to board a bus,fears to board with locals...

A Day Away

Some feelings are shallow, some feelings are deep. Some makes us smile, some make us weep...

Is it my mind ?

Is it my mind ? Running out of people I like. Is it my mind, Or is it your mind ?..

Ode to Barak

The silver streaming river of the ancient days, Nosed like a hound,through the meadow, Breaking free through a chasm of hills and fertile land..

The Bright Lights

When the four walls you see, The more in a square less than to be, Retaining your imagination alive, Restoring your patience to not let your frustration overcome..

In Unison with Divinity

Standing on the rooftop, One fine morning, I saw the scenic beauty of the Baruni Hills, One of the many abodes of Lord Shiva...

There is Another Sky

  Emily DickinsonThere is another sky,Ever serene and fair,And there is another sunshine,Though it be darkness there;Never mind faded forests, Austin,Never mind silent fields -Here is a little forest,Whose leaf is ever green;Here is a brighter garden..

Youthful Years

I am awake this night staring out the casement, Whilst the town slumbers,I am bright eyed and bushy tailed. I am wide awake,something stirring in my heart, I howl songs on heartbreak to the fair dusty moon,..

The Bright Lights

When the four walls you see, The more in a square less than to be,..

My Teacher- I Salute Thee !

Oh, my teacher ! In the core of my heart, Forever, you dwell. Long ago, you taught us..

Live one day at a time

Dr Ranbir LaishramLive each day as it comes,To the fullest as if it's the last.Be with who nurture you positively.Don't just bask under the sun,Dreaming about the dreams you dreamt.You never know,What tomorrow holds,Get up and get going.Manifest your drea..

And I sleep for the hunger of you, Psychedelia

Pravin ThongamDreams are No longer dreams But schizophrenic nightmares In a psychedelic sleep.My Psychedelic glassesVision of tomorrow past Resplendent spirit.In my eyes,Fruit loops emerge from a neon Psychedelic sea of crumbly wavesIn the midst ofThis cr..

A song of appreciation

The sun gleams bright, its the 5th of September today, Children in uniform rushes school with flower bouquets, so happy and gay; Their excitement seems to have no bound, as I saw,..

The reality we live today

Empty street ruled towards the rusted city. Innocent blood paints the road! Peace treaty, hope and amity ; Beautifully decorated, rolled in load...

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise...

Monument of friendship

Hand-in-hand, together we walked Footsteps caressing the archaic path. Out of all the lively places, we chose to visit That archaic monument, tattered and yellowed ..

Eventide

Beneath the sky,at time of dusk, Darkness creeps in,fading light like drawing curtain at end of a play, On the Indian plain and mountain range,..

Message from Corona...

Rajendra Kshetri. Corona Came Calling Coupled with a couple of messages Message not from Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth 'Nor from Thunberg's 'How Dare You'And not from UN's 'SDG' either. I read them but took no notice I noticed them but not registered All ..

The Plight Beyond the Contagion

Dr Ranbir LaishramIn the vast realm of  maladies “and chaos...Of the 'Covid19' lockdown Unware and unconcerned to manyUnderneath the surfaceLies a company of soulsWith tears of fear and pathos Waiting desolately for the healer's touchAre we doi..

Unsung Warriors

   M Minakshi DeviMarching in front solemn troops of unsung warriors,Convoies of valorous kind with fire in their eyes.Swaying silvery swords, their might and glory moved,To defend diadem of motherland "Kangleipak" from colonial clutch.Fearless ..

Hour Before The Rain

Hour ere the rain, a sight a poet in me witness, A panorama before my eyes in broad daylight. Students boarding a bus in a rush,..

A Midnight Beauty

Fear stalks the streets of Imphal Placed on lockdown to prevent The spread like wild fire Of a pandemic disease...

Corona Came Calling...

Corona came calling All the time ''Twenty-four seven'' I didn't respond..

2020

Here Here 2020 Expected to be a good one But turns out to be the worst Described by many as a curse..

Hope in COVID Era !!

Everybody says - Stay home and stay safe Spend time with near and dear ones..

August Diary

I scribble down my diary,of the imminent Autumn, Hill-tops glittering bright under the sun at noon And armed trees frisk with wimpy wind ,dropping dead browns by dusk..

Love in the Hard Times

Came he, a big smile on his face And full of life In the dead of night. He radiated happiness ..

His Stoic Endurance

K RadhakumarA week of hot dry weatherWas followed by another, and then another.It was beyond the local peasantryWhy there was no rain in the rainy season.There was a bad harvest last year;If there fields were not ploughedAnd sown with rice nowThere would ..

Cosmic Lover

Moirangthem Minakshi DeviAn imprint of his hand on my soul,His touch set my poor heart aflame.An imprint meant to last till dotage,I awaited the nameless man to soothe the time-torn woman in me.Desparing and limber I stood,as the imprint was dearth of lov..