July 7, 2016

A poem by Pramila Khadun: "The Land of Freedom"

Pramila Khadun is a poetess from the island of MAURITIUS she had four collections of poetry entitled "Rajnee", "Priyumvada", "Kavi" and "Igniting Key". Igniting Key was a joint publication with Dr Ampat Koshy and Dr Bina Biswas. Currently her next collection entitled "Le Shangrila" will soon be under print. she has also written a novel entitled "When love speaks" and a book on Food and Nutrition. she has been the winner of International Reuel Prize for Writing and Literature for year 2015. Married to Raj, she lives with her children Dr Rajnee and Priyum and Captain Kavi. 


The Land of Freedom

To variegated destinations have I gone
In the myriad modes of transport.
I have seen the sun rising and setting
With all its majesty, bringing light in darkness
And creating darkness where there was light.

I have seen the seas, blue and vast,
The slopes, hills, valleys,widening lakes
And the beauties of the Alps and Himalayas
With wonder-struck eyes and mind
Overflowing with the powers of creation.

I have had my tryst with the world of
Culture and agriculture, science and fiction,
Photography, calligraphy, geometry and geography
And poetry has taken me to heights lucid and candid.

I have seen the world of greed and exploitation,
The futility of war and its strife,
The debilitating illness, the pains of loneliness,
The enemy spewing fire and venom to destroy
And silent lovers reminiscing the moon-lit nights
Spent by the bonfire burning with a lilac flame.

O God! Come! Come and take us
To that land where the rationality of man
Has faded into insignificance and he accepts
The inevitability of Truth,
Where man has no nationality and all are one,
Where the waterfront is not illusion or rejection
But compassion in an interplay of red, yellow and green,
Where nights are long for lovers
And days shorter for workers,
Where our children will be of noble birth
And move heads held high in pride,
Into that land of freedom, O God,
Let us awake and arise.

~Pramila Khadun

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