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Path-breaker

by Ananya Sarkar
(Kolkata, India)

And the hoary heads combine
To shake their hands in censure
The lips part
And the river of words flow
Implicating, ceaselessly…
Their eyes wells of wisdom
Their fingers pointing darts
Fixing you with hate.

And yet you move with long, bold steps
Some newfound land to discover
With eyes that dare
To stop and stare
At all that makes you wonder.
The hand that rises to bid farewell
Is a burning torch aflame
The words that come, being spit forth
Plunk like pebbles in the stream---
Creating ripples.

Tradition and custom tugging at your feet
Your neck craned by duty,
And yet, break out of the mould you must
Labour through the protective strictures
Hammer at the anvil of destiny
Swim through the string of nos
To make that one Yes possible.

And though the darkness settles like dust
And the clouds begin to gather
In the midst of the thunder
That threatens to tear asunder
The tenets of reason
Pull along you must
Through the storm and the dust
To make the Light visible.


P.S: This was the first prize winner of poems of the Contest held in November 2012.

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Feb 07, 2013
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To Anita
by: Ananya

Thank you :) That means a lot to me...

Feb 07, 2013
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Creating Ripples
by: Anita R. Belagodu

Best poem. Created ripples in my heart.

Jan 15, 2013
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To Sudeshna
by: Ananya

Thank you Sudeshna! Glad you liked it :)

Jan 13, 2013
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Beautifully powerful...
by: Sudeshna

Ananya, sweetie, this is simply awesome!! Masterful choice of words, and vivid images created. Reminds one of 'Shobujer Obhijan' by Rabindranath Tagore. :)

Jan 09, 2013
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To Rupsa
by: Ananya

It makes me glad that you feel that way about the poem...thank you so much :)

Jan 09, 2013
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Beautiful..
by: Rupsa Mukherjee

I found the poem simply beautiful..not just because it has a meaningful message, not just because it is a garland of beautiful words chosen with love..and not just because it is different in terms of the thought behind it.. I loved it for it had something that almost owns you..and you feel..as if you are within it.. as you read on..

Jan 09, 2013
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To Priyanka
by: Ananya

Thank you :)

Jan 09, 2013
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Good work
by: Priyanka

Good work

Jan 08, 2013
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To Nuggehalli
by: Ananya

Thank you so much!

Jan 08, 2013
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To the unknown reader
by: Ananya

Thank u!

Jan 07, 2013
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Good!
by: Nuggehalli Pankaja

Congratulations! Your poem does justice to the prestigious prize,for it has depth; Emotions reach out.

Jan 06, 2013
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congrats
by: Anonymous

congrats ananya...itz a nice poem...i liked it

Jan 05, 2013
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To Vimala
by: Ananya

Thank you so much! It means a lot :)

Jan 05, 2013
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To Adeel
by: Ananya

So happy that you could relate to the poem so deeply and liked it :)

Jan 05, 2013
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relevant and deserving
by: vimala ramu

This strongly worded poem is certainly relevant and deserved the prize. Congrats.

Jan 05, 2013
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To Oindrila
by: Ananya

I'm so glad you liked the piece and found it inspiring. Thank you so much :)

Jan 04, 2013
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Need of the hour!!!!
by: Adeel

This poem defines the current youth revolution in India and the world over. People are treading on unconventional paths and defying the principles of the so called society. They need to muster enough encourage as they are being loathed at every step.They are the real heroes, the path-breakers who are vital in transforming our nation. Wonderfully crafted and brilliant usage of words...This is a poem not just for women but for every person who is wanting to break the barriers...

Jan 04, 2013
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Avant-garde
by: Oindrila

One of the best poems i have ever read in recent times!! It emphasizes with renewed vigor that if you can muster the courage to brave all oddities and adversities to work for something you truly believe in, one day you will break the mould and be the Path Breaker, the entire world will laud your efforts.

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