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I'm a peace-loving married Indian male on the right side of '50 with college-going children, and presently employed under government. Educationally I've a master's degree in History, and another in Computer Application. Besides, I've a post graduate diploma in Management. My published works are:- (1)"In Harness", ISBN 81-8157-183-5, a poetry collections and (2) "The Remix of Orchid", ISBN 978-81-7525-729-0, a short story collections with a foreword by Mr. Ruskin Bond, (3) "Virasat", ISBN 978-81-7525-982-9, again a short story collection but in Hindi, (4) "Ek Saal Baad," ISBN 978-81-906496-8-1, my second Story Collection in Hindi.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A Poem to Chant: Owning for Good


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Owning for Good

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Carrying the calendar along its nocturnal streak

The night was limping…

A new date would soon draw closer

As I craved my sleep.


It was no suddenness

No impulse for the cute little glow-worm

And it chose to fly in, as a matter of habit

Into my thin den, afloat in darkness.


A crowded place as it were,

Sleep and dream just waited at my doorsteps

These days,

Like the poor mendicants at the doors of affluence.


But the glow-worm dared—

My friendly little fly

Just glowed for a friend’s fancy

Ever obliging, ever so considerate.


My partner was not happy

She was just not happy with a glow-worm

Trespassing into the dark enclosure called the privacy

She owned the darkness then

and owns it zealously to this day.

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Bhubaneswar

19-11-2005

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By

A. N. Nanda

Patna

9-12-2009

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