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Krishna's Final Journey

by Nuggehalli Pankaja
(Bangalore, India)

Beckoned by Heaven

After my sojourn

As Krishna on earth,

I stopped still. . . . . midway

Powerless to cross the place…….



Shade of mortal coil

Remaining,

Paused I by GOKUL-MY GOKUL,

Memories of childhood

Uncoiling……………

Ever and anon.



Alas, no longer

The joyous natural atmosphere!

Festive ambiance replaced

By pall of gloom unfolding

Over TIME melting

Like dewdrops of yestermorn.




No longer

The tinkling sound of bangles;

No longer

The tingling laughter

Of my Gopis-Radhas each-

Mingling with

Jingling cow-bells,

Prancing calves-songs of cow-boys,




Birds listless, nests unmade,,

Boughs lifeless

With budlets drooping-

Breaking loose

Even at dawn

Shadowed by dusk………..




And no longer

The melodic sound of churning butter

Haunting

Even in Madhura-Dwaraka………….



Drop-scene tragic

To my childhood delightful. . . . . .
Unable to cross over,



I linger…………..when

Sublime caressing

Of Radha,my spirit-friend,

Freed me from last vestige

Of TERRESTRIAL MAYA!



One in soul,borne by couds,

To where Devas,Rishis

Awaited me………………

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Jan 15, 2013
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by: nuggehallipankaja

Yes Geeta, you are right. I should have mentioned -rather emphasized on that unique motherly love !
I don't know why my inspiration missed it! Thanks for pointing out. May be Krishna will inspire me to write a poem about mother Yashoda ,some other time

If writers like you read my poems etc, I get unparalleled satisfaction.Thank you.

Jan 15, 2013
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I don't know how I missed this one!
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

You've portrayed Krishna in mortal, human flavours pining for Gokul, Gopikas, Dwarka .... However, as the poem ends there is a transcendence from Moha to Moksha. I liked the phrase spirit-friend. In today's times it is very hard to find such poetry. Your verses have an old-world charm like the ones which we used to read in our text books. Full of vibrant imagery, impactful vision and meaningful messages. One small regret. You did not mention Yashoda(only an indirect allusion to churning of butter!). Did Krishna not once yearn for that self-less,pure and unique motherly love?

Sep 24, 2012
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by: nuggehallipankaja

The rhythm in your comments is wonderful!

Sep 23, 2012
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Krishna
by: Anita R. Belagodu

Delightful poem. Enjoyed it thoroughly
Tinkling, tingling, jingling and mingling. Beautiful rhythm and rhyme

Sep 05, 2012
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by: nuggehallipankaja

Chitvish,

Your comment is like a flow of poetry! Honestly,all those things which you have mentioned never crossed my mind while writing the poem; It just came like waves! Maybe Krishna himself wrote it with me as his instrument?You,with your intense spiritual outlook,can analyse better.

Sep 05, 2012
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Melodic brilliance!!
by: chitvish

Pankaja, I am simply overawed by your imagination of this final journey!! You have put across so beautifully that Radha is nothing but maya which gives us all the pleasures in life, but ultimately, only, its detachment gives us liberation.
As I was reading it, enjoying every word, it was as though, my body was swaying to the mild melody of a bansuri!! You are gifted Pankaja and may you give us more pleasures of your melodic words.

Sep 03, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Sneha,
Nice to get such a beautiful comment by a
talented writer like you,and glad to be welcomed so warmly into your fold .went through some poems of yours in past journals,and they are wonderful!

Meghana,

Distance has made no difference-whether in America, or India ! Nice of you to have read it amidst the mounds of snow!

Pankaja

Sep 03, 2012
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Excellent
by: Sneha

Your verse is filled with energy, dear Pankaja. A lovely write, this. Welcome to the IWW community. It's a pleasure having you.

Sep 03, 2012
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Beautiful !
by: Meghana Rao

I read and re-read, its so beautiful. It really touched my heart ! The topic itself is so special :)

Sep 02, 2012
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by: Nuggehalli Pankaja

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Vimala, I thought of you when I set foot in this site,for it was you who gave me the address and asked me to contribute. But I didn't inform you when the scripts were published,for I wanted to give you a pleasant surprise! But I knew you would be the first to comment,and I cannot express my joy at seeing it.
Thank you for welcoming me to your highly educated-gifted group.

Sep 02, 2012
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Definitely
by: Lakshmi

Vimala, I definitely appreciate you for introducing such a great writer to iww. We are honoured with her presence in iww.


Sep 02, 2012
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The poem
by: vimala ramu

I hope Lakshmi appreciates what a gem of a writer I have introduced to IWW- poem or story!!!

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