Poem: Loneliness and Anticipation – Dedicated to a Krishna devotee, Swalia (Shaloo)


The silky blue curtains flung open to a beam of Light, inviting my eyes

To a vivid opulence of stars twinkling incessantly through the window,

As the Moonlight stretched her arms in the night’s endearment...

Behold, O Surabhi, look at the pitch-black sky; the sun has disappeared,

And yet, the Moon does not lose its glory in the darkness,

Instead, it enchants all living creatures with a captivating gaze,

Healing with a peculiar balm of hope and peace…

By looking at you, O silent Moon, my restless mind finds

Consolation in the vast unfathomable sphere, for I feel rejuvenated

To the magnificent sight of you sewing the dark shadows

With luminous rays every night and year –

Since time immemorial!

Separation renders an uncanny loneliness, but your silent moonlight

Caresses myriad hearts, and sometimes crowns them with poetic craft…

You reveal the Truth, O Moon; your pride is reasonable.

You stir my imagination, and by gazing at you,

Poetry conceives in the Heart;

You indeed have billions of admirers…

The blue sky has fallen into slumber,

Where is the flickering candle flame?

Who has turned off the street lights?

Oh! Please tell me,

Am I scrutinizing in vain?

Every street has passed into sleep, and yet,

I wait for the footsteps of my Beloved,

Copious sapphires adorn the velvety sky, yet the milky face smiles all alone…

My situation is like that of a lover; O Surabhi, do catch a sight of it.

There are incalculable stars in the sky,

I live in the hollowness of the Galaxy…

~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2015

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Venkatachari M 11 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful poem with equally beautiful description of the moon, stars and the feeling of solitude. The addition of sweet, melodious song is great. Enjoyed a lot. A worthy dedication to a worthy hubber Swalia.

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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, Venkatachari ji. Did I tell you that you have a beautiful Soul? I feel it. How generous of you! I am so glad that you like it. I appreciate your humble sentiments. Your continued love and support means a lot.

Yes, the music is indeed melodious. It's by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. Harrison was influenced by our Indian culture, and his Inner pilot drove him to India all the way from the West. He was totally absorbed in spiritual bhajans. One finds bliss.

Bhala ho! Sabka bhala ho!

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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

Beautiful poetry and images Surabhi. Another wonderful tribute hub, this time to Swalia. Great music too.

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sujaya venkatesh 11 months ago

wow pics akin to the theme

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manatita44 11 months ago from london

Extremely exquisite and sublime poem, and one so meaningful! How appropriate that it is given to such a beautiful Soul such as Shaloo. Your use of words is awesome and lofty, reminiscent of the great mystics and English Bards, O Surabhi. Carry on! Carry on!

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swalia 11 months ago

Thank you Surabhi for this lovely tribute!

"You are a creation of imagination, and by gazing at you,

Poetry conceives in Heart"

Moon has always been a source of inspiration to poets and you have described it beautifully in these lines.

And thanks for sharing such a melodious bhajan! George Harrison was an ISKCON devotee and there is another beautiful song 'My Sweet Lord' by him in praise of Lord Krishna. The book 'Chant and be happy' has excerpts of conversation between Srila Prabupada, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and George Harrison and the experiences of Beatles with Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

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manatita44 11 months ago from london

Yes, I agree with Shaloo. So sorry I missed this essential video. It is extremely touching!

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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author


You are already too kind. What more can I ask from a friend like you? Much thanks, Sir… much…


Hi there! Nice to see you, buddy. Pleasure is all mines. Hari Om!


Thank you for uplifting my faith and of course, for your encouraging words. They speak in volumes through these cyber rays. It means a lot. Yes, yes, the music is indeed soothing and touching. Jai Bhole! Jai!


I am glad you like it. Yes, indeed, nice bhajans composed by Harrison. When the Heart is clear, the brain meticulously absorbs devotion and brings laurels on the path to enlightenment and peace. Such was the case with Harrison. Yes, I have read that book. It was worth a read. Take care. Hare Krishna… Hare Rama… Hara Rama… Rama… Rama…

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word55 11 months ago from Chicago

Again Surabhi, I venture into your life and world of captivating poetry and henceforth to observe more of Swalia (Shaloo) that has spawned such an awesome projection of specialty in poetry from you. May she continue to blossom with relish here in our hub community and abroad.

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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello, dear Al. I appreciate it, bro. She's a great lady. It's an honour to pay a tribute. Have a wonderful weekend! Praise be.

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