Poem: The Burning of the Midnight Lamp

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The rusty clock collapsed at night on a tempestuous rainy day,

Amidst the numbness, my eyes feasted on the burning of the midnight lamp.

Unspoken she uttered, “Shh… Don’t you feel serenity and solitude have a rendezvous to say?”

O woe! Unconceal hue and cry raging through my veins, for ‘tis my genuine ramp.


I reckon it was 2’o clock and was raining cats and dogs,

Perhaps, the thunderous pulsating night was ferocious to the gentle sky.

Merrily she sang, “Dear, I love cumulonimbous clouds. Don’t you see moisture clogs?”

O woe! Pour a few drops and drench my thirst of love, for ‘tis my cry.


I glanced over the rusty clock and pondered for its abrupt stop,

I’ll bring thee back or perhaps replace an eternal celestial time piece.

Solemnly she gazed and whispered, “Silly! Don’t you know time and tide is no man’s shop?”

O woe! Don’t Bargain treacherous emotions and relations, for ‘tis my peace.


Soon slumber engulfed the restless mind – suppressed the agony sealed with glue,

Tossed and turned on bed, yet the luminous mirror stood by – free bird caged in a camp.

An abyss eroded as the mirror said, “Don’t you find the reflection of lamp to be true?”

O woe! I am the burning of the midnight lamp… burning of the midnight lamp.


~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2015


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

What an interesting poem Surabhi. I needed to read it twice to absorb it all. Thank you for sharing the link. I will be reading more of your hubs.


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Jonas Rodrigo 16 months ago

I love the emotions here, Surabhi. They resonate from your words. Good hub!


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Surabhi Kaura 16 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, Jonas. I am glad you found pleasure in them!


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Surabhi Kaura 16 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, Jodah for your thoughtful feedback.


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shprd74 14 months ago from Bangalore

Nice mix of elements, the do effect how we feel when they are overwhelming.

Clouds, rain, water, light, darkness are all inputs to similar feelings of fear, solitude, longing for love.

The elements when are overwhelming makes us contemplate and forget ourselves for some time. All poets are born from these.

Very nice poem.

My vocabulary is improving from your poems too . :-)

- Hari


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Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I am glad to hear that :)

Thank you for dropping by, Hari. This was a flamboyant analysis of poem delivered by you. Much appreciated!


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Twilight Lawns 9 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Surabhi, I have one word to say, and that is: Wow!

Your poem is full of texture and real emotion. Beautiful.

Nellieanna pushed me your way, and I thank her for that.

High accolade from that amazing person; her poetry is superb, as you would no doubt agree.

She thinks so highly of your talents, and I can see why.


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Surabhi Kaura 9 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I am delighted that you like it, Ian. It means a lot. Yes, Nellieanna is a lovely person - very warm-hearted and full of Love. I also thank her for introducing us. I am pleased to meet you. I will soon read your hub, my Dear. Om Shanti.


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Nellieanna 9 months ago from TEXAS

I'm pleased, both with another of your celestial poems and with the meeting of two superb minds!


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Surabhi Kaura 9 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Aww my Nellieanna, love you!! We are blessed to have you.


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MarleneB 9 months ago from Northern California, USA

I really enjoyed reading your poem. It reads like a poem and a short story at the same time. Very nice!


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Surabhi Kaura 9 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

MarleneB,

So sorry, my Dear. I am late in replying. I am heading to India for a family trip soon. I have been a bit busy, but I haven't forgotten about you. I will soon catch up with you. Glad that you enjoyed it. Lots of Love :)

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