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Muse Of Poetry

Muse of Poetry

The day came to an end
Everything became still
Sweeping the cobwebs of thoughts
That littered my mind
I tried to sit among my friends---
The old magazines.

The moth eaten, pages half torn
Burst into a laughter
With a scorn.

My tears born of a sigh
For the days when they were so nigh,
Stopped their laughter
And my trembling fingers
Let them fritter.

But the poems
On their pages
With an imploring eye
Compelled me to fly,
Turning backwards
The wheel of time
And crossing the barriers,
To the land of my dreams
Across the sky.

Translated from my Odia poem written on 16.09.88


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Kalyani Manna

Home Maker/Housewife

Orissa ,  INDIA

I became a housewife even before I became a major. By that time I had only completed my Pre-University & was in the Ist year. Marriage put a stop to my academic career & when I again wanted to résumé my studies the system had already been changed. So I had to appear privately for my I.A degree followed by a five year lull. By the time I took admission in the B.A classes I had become a mother with two kids. But by the grace of God Almighty, I passed with distinction in Philosophy. Then again after a gap of seven years & after Rashmi’s birth I took admission in M.A classes to study English literature.


I also sing & had play- backed for several dramas, staged in our home town, Puri. I love to read, listen to old Hindi film songs & ghazals. I write poetry in Odiya, Hindi & English. I believe that most of the violence & turmoils that are happening all around us are due to our petty selfishness & intolerance. Our youth are in need of solace & must be given a patient hearing to their grievances, both real & imaginary.


I have strong faith in God & in His doings. I see His hands behind everything that happens to me. Him with me I fear nothing.









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