Poem: A Sweet Lantern (Dedicated to my Dearest and Sweetest, Manatita)
Diwali is a 'Festival of Lights' and it is celebrated with great ardour and pomp and show by Indians. It is held in honour of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, good health and prosperity. This special festival has a history embedded in the story from the Ramayana. Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama and his wife, Sita to Ayodhya from 14 years of exile. The epic story marks a great doctrine in our Indian mythology, as it teaches us that how good wins over evil.
Listen to this beautiful Indian music on this Diwali!
Gaily, O’ gaily we glide and chant
Come, my sweet Lantern, come!
O’ how thou swing on the marigold chandelier,
O’ how thou climb the fountains of light,
O’ how thou set me ablaze with thy celestial fire,
O’ how thou tread in starry Delight,
Withhold not, O Love, for I have longed
To see thy luminous face.
Ah! Swathe me with the fresh scents of red Roses,
Paint my breath with tantalizing aroma of Holy Basil
And drench my Soul with Sandalwood oil.
Thy ethereal splendour enraptures my being
And we lay entwined in each other’s arms
Like magical petals of lotus lips,
That are heavenly charming and opiate-sweet.
I offer my hymns to thy lamp-lit skies,
Gaily, O’ gaily savour the sweets with mirth,
Feel the hues of Rangoli, and
The resonance of firecrackers on Earth,
For they are effusing Bliss to all abound.
O’ Mighty Lantern, thy grandeur is richly Supreme!
On this auspicious festive season of Diwali,
As echelons of infinite lights adorn
For the triumph of Light over darkness,
The gleam of a Golden tray whirls on Earth
And the matchless music chimes above.
~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2015
© 2015 Surabhi Kaura