Thoughts of Sky
My constant companion, you azure sky
Teaching me the mantra of life
A parikrama of the journey on earth
Through endless trials and tribulations
To merge with the dust in the end
With you as my shroud forever.
The crystalline clear morning ,adorned with latticed gold rays
Your unforgiving visage in the heat of the noon
Tenderness of honeysuckle on dusky evenings
Starlit nights and asphalt darkness at times
All your moods, just like life
Rain comes some days and touches us both
Cleansing the soul to look at you anew
Something which I forget to do
In the hustle and bustle of life
Though you unfailingly remain my alter-ego
When all is pain and misery, death and destruction
You remain royally aloof
Gentleness dripping in sheets of blue
Hope in the fiery orange of dawn
Multi-colored mosaic of rainbows
The blush of rose in twilight
At some point in time as you change your robes
I write poetry borrowing your luster
Of incorruptible desires, translucent minds
Every day the desire to rise up to you
To find the right road in the labyrinth of life.
This ethereal walk inside, leaning on your love
Retracing my steps into my innermost chamber
The seething alcove deep in me
Where the soul-searching music blows along
An intense urge to remove my masks
Layer after habitual layer
How light I feel as they drop off
And I face you, bare to my very soul
The goodness falls off first, that lovely smile
The pleasant talk and loving concern
The image that the world admires
The storm of beauty and roses
All disappear as we walk inwards.
Must I go on?
The road ahead will writhe in wilderness
Darkness and negativity of betrayal and defeat
The swamp of doubts that will suck you in
Shall we go on?
But I know I can’t stop
I have to go on in this journey inward
You must know the dark pillars in me
The boiling cauldron of jealousy and intolerance
The volcano of subdued power
The symphony is unraveling all
This chamber music
Will you be there when the story has been told
Can you survive the trial of truth
To see the flower strewn pasture at the other end
To repaint the mute shades with brightness
Will you dance with me to this eternal rhythm?
About the poet
Adyasha Das is a poet and short story writer in English and her mother tongue Odia with three books of poems and one short story collection to her credit. Her Odia poems have been published in reputed magazines like Amrutayana, Kadambini, Gokarnika, Pratibeshi etc and her English poems in Indian Literature, The Telegraph, Heritage, Shantidoot(Norway) and many other national and international magazines. Her poems have been translated into various languages such as English, Hindi, Bengali, and German. Adyasha is known for her insightful and colourful portrayals of life. Her poems, based on varied themes, are suffused with sensitivity while being reflective and sensuous at the same time.The themes she deals with range from intricate social issues to the meanderings of the human mind.
An active participant of various poetry workshops and recitals organized by numerous forums at national and international levels, she has recited her poems in Literaturhaus Frankfurt am Main,Frankfurt Book fair 2006, The House of World Cultures, Literaturhaus Berlin, Leipzig Literaturhaus, Indische Nacht im Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Uto Kulm, Zurich, Frankfurt Book Fair, Odisha Society of Americas convention, Seattle ,International Sufi Festival etc.
She is a renowned singer, versatile in various genres of music. Adyasha did her post-graduation from Delhi School of Economics, obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from Xavier Institute of Management and a doctoral degree in Organizational Behaviour. At present she works as an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) Bhubaneswar, Ministry of Tourism , Government of India.