Any moment those clovers of life could explode
Into dark unreturning death
Eyes that see now blank into blindness
Stone deafness strikes the whorls of seashell sound
In-taken breath be helpless to come out
Warm flowing blood may freeze in lifeless veins
Electric impulse of the heart shut down
Love seeks the living moment to impress
Upon the flow of time its own likeness
That which is forever must be loved
While the heart still beats and mind still thinks
Or soul is lost for many aeons more
In daze and maze and labyrinths of rebirth.
Find a rose or a face or lake or a carpet
Love someone something somehow somewhere
Far beyond yourself and find redemption.
A hot stew steams in plates for you to eat
A Fair Isle sweater cuddles you in warmth
And Irish eyes are smiling.
(Pen Name of Amita Paul) I am a retired civil servant but at heart a poet and teacher. I write, mostly poetry, in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. I was awarded the NISSIM International Poetry Award (First Prize) 2019 and then the Reuel International Award 2020 for Non-Fiction Prose by The Significant League, a well- known Creative Writing Group on Facebook. In January 2021, the Destiny International Community of Poets based out of Wakefield, England, UK declared me Winner of their Poet of the Year 2020 as well as Critic of the Year 2020 Awards. My poem 'The View from a Porthole' was chosen as the first among two featured poems on the NaPoWriMo website in April 2021. My poetry has been featured regularly in every issue of the monthly poetry e-magazine GloMag edited by Glory Sasikala and published from Chennai in India for over a year now. Recently, several of my poems have been included in ‘Impressions and Expressions', an anthology of international poetry published on Kindle in June 2021, and in the Yugen Quest Review: The Magic of Poetry, an anthology of poetry published by the Women Empowered group on the internet in July 2021.