I saw a palace

White marble walls

Bedecked with jewels

Brilliantly dazzling

Golden yellow Amaltas * line the drive

Red Palash** flowers

on the pavement-pretty

Each step I took

More beautiful it grew


It’s teak wood door

Ornately carved

Pearl drop chandeliers

Crystals sparkled


It lures me in


I go closer

And closer


That white wall a shroud -it wails

Jewels stare

Chandeliers weep

Crystallized tear  drops

And that door, so sturdy

Freedom denies

Holds captive


The Amaltas rustle, restless

And the fiery Palash– bleeds


I hurry

I step out in the open

Evening rays

Cast shadows


A fire rages, consumes


I walk away Farther

And farther


Until I can hear no more

The cries

And the agonizing sighs

Until I can see no more

The crumbling of authority

and the bitter reality


Far from the pain

I await the rain***


Tell me its not in vain

That I await the rain

Tell me its not in vain


*Amaltas is a tree with yellow flowers, native to Delhi

**Palash are red flowers that line the streets of Delhi in spring

***Australian bush fires were doused by the rains. I hope and pray the man-made fires in Delhi will be doused.



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Posted by:Smitha V

A banker by profession, a blogger by choice, a poet by accident, and an artist at heart. Imperfectly perfect - that's me. Welcome to my world!

10 replies on “I await the rain – Delhi burning 2

  1. A breathtaking and heartfelt poetry, Smitha and as binny has said, I too don’t know where our country is going with these idiotic political heads sitting and talking on again separating Hindus and Muslims and then we say we are a democratic country. Our people of one nation are burning and it is so sad. Yes Australian fires could be doused but human fires can take ages.

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    1. Thank you so much Kamal. Its really sad. We are such an educated, thinking lot and yet are totally unable to stop this barbarianism. I can’t imagine how nobody is able to stop this madness. So many innocent lives have been lost unnecessarily.


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