Poem: He Hails From the Soil of Punjab

Love is in the air . . .

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Darling, I’ve roamed the entire universe,

And yet, there is no one as gentle as you.

Loving Prince! You hail from the soil of Punjab;

The land of evergreen lovers,

Where once Ranjha Heer and Mirza Sahiba

Engraved their saga of love on the emerald hills…


Listen to me; Listen to the ‘chum-chum’

Music of my silvered bangles…

Shh… the star-dust is settling,

Let’s blow the candles tonight,

For our ghazals must ring in the mellow breeze…

Yes, you are the song of my Golden anklets,

Tell me, O’ Lover!

Why wouldn’t this melodious moment freeze?


Neither there is those intoxicating eyes anywhere,

Nor is there that fragrant jasmine anywhere,

Nor is there that peculiar innocence anywhere;

There is no star as bright as you.

What magic have you done, O’ Magician?

That my earth became serene,

And the sky became pristine.


~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2016

Bringing the flavour of Rajasthani folk music . . .

13 comments

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manatita44 4 months ago from london

You are in love, eh. Sweet. Expressed your yearing with joy and charm.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

Dear Surabhi, most beautiful expressing, and loving words. A pleasure to read as always.


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cam8510 4 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

This made me think of the Song of Solomon. Beautiful imagery I could even hear the ringing of bells.


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shprd74 4 months ago from Bangalore

Love you my nation,

The icon of culture and religion,

Showing its way of living in harmony and tradition,

Being a becon for intellectuals in past and many to come.

India, Bharat, Hindustan.

-hari


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

Aha, your words are like music. You are so very gifted. Are you sure Manatita is not your paw? Hee. Just kidding of course. I love everything you pen.....


Siddharth Kapoor 4 months ago

Par excellence Surabhi. Don't tell me you're also a bollywood buff :-)


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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hi, Manatita. Yes, I always love my favourite niche; Love. Thank you so much!

Jodah, my Dear. I am so glad that you like it. I was given a theme by one of my friends to write a poem on a Punjabi Lover. So this is what I came up with. Aha!

Hi, Chris. Welcome. I am glad that you enjoyed it. Yep, I hear the jingles too (smile).

Hari Bhaiya, you rock! Thank you... thank you so much for such a lovely snippet!

Ruby, I appreciate that you like it. Thank you, Dear. Have a great week!

Sid, you are too kind. Ha ha. I love Bollywood!! Dancing... singing and all :) In fact, I am going to participate in a dance competition next week. Radhaswami.


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Twilight Lawns 4 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Lovely poem. This really encapsulates translations of the beautiful words that spring up on the screen when I am watching a Bollywood film. I don’t speak Urdu, or Hindi or Punjabi so have to read translations... and this poem of yours really reminds me of those great ones.

I love Preity Zinta, Hrithik Roshan, Jaya Bachchan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, and a host of others, so watching and listening to the dance sequences and reading subtitles can be very.... Well, I like it.

See Sushmita Sen in Fiza and you have seen one of the most beautiful visual experiences ever.

One of the loveliest and truest friends I have ever had was a young Punjabi guy. If that’s what the Punjab produces, then it must be a wonderful place.


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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Twilight,

It’s so good to find your thoughtful feedback, my Dear. Long time. I am glad that you came and read the poem.

Most of my love poems come from my intuitive feel, and sometimes, the creative side pulls the flavour of Bollywood. Some sugar… some mint… some spice... ahaha! I love all of the ingredients, really.

I admire Sushmita Sen. I have seen almost all of her movies. She was a Miss Universe, yes. Her oratory skills are exceptional and I get to learn a lot by observing her postures and gestures during the interviews. She is an epitome of beauty with intelligence.

Hmm. Well, I was born in Jalandhar, Punjab. It’s such a serene place full of affectionate people. Whenever I go to India, I receive so much love from my near and dear ones. They just don’t leave me. Ha ha! Loving people. You know, when I started this poem, my friend asked me that what kind of a man I would like to marry, and I said: Someone who bears my tantrums (smile), who abruptly comes and embraces me, who never brings tears to my eyes, and who completely understands my Love. So I began with ‘… Honey, there is no one as gentle as you…’ and then it just flowed like a peaceful river.

Our Punjab has produced many great lovers; many Romeos and Juliets, many Poets and Poetesses, many singers and artists. If you tell someone from Punjab, “I LOVE YOU”, that would mean the world to that person. We are patriots and affectionate people, a little sentimental too. (smile). Above all, Punjabis can give their life for their loved ones.


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Twilight Lawns 4 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

What an eloquent answer. perhaps you would have seen all those qualities you describe so beautifully in my friend, Naveed.

I was also born in the sub Continent, but even further north than the Punjab. I come from Quetta In Baluchistan.

I have never been back, but, as they say, you can take the boy out of India, but you can't take India out of the boy's soul. I know Quetta is now in Pakistan, but the saying still rings true.


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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Is that so? Then I’m sure that your friend is a gem. Treasure this friendship, my Dear. There is an old adage, “Never ignore a person who loves you, cares for you, and misses you. Because one day, you might wake up from your sleep and realize that you have lost the moon while counting the stars.”

It’s so good to know your background, Twilight. I love your statement. Yes, I might not live in India, but India lives in me. What a profound thought. Blessings.

I will catch up with you in a soon time. Heading to the legal writing class. I send you lots of hugs.


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rajan jolly 4 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

The poem beautifully echoes the feelings of a person in love. Well done!


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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you so much, Rajan ji. So good to hear from you. Love to the family.

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