NN18. THE HARDSHIP OF SEPARATION

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

KING NALAN

Struck on different feeling

With a view to attack,
Raghu, the celestial snake
Surrounded the reddish sun,
That became dark soon.

Like this, Kali planted
In the innocent Nalan’s mind
A different idea, wicked
And the one most crooked.

Thought to cut

Her deplorable condition
Was unbearable to Nalan,
And decided to leave her
In that very dark hour.

But how to cut the sari
Was then his worry.
It was binding them
As one at that time.

Came as sword

Kali knew his thought
And came to the spot
In the shape of a sword
Just to fulfil his need.

Cut! Shocked!

With the sword,
What he found,
He cut her sari
Into two easily.

In that poor condition,
He saw her position,
And thought of her
Dark helpless future.

Mind was churning

Gopis churned the curd
With their two hands,
Which went forward
And backward.

His restless mind
Like this wavered
On the thought,
To leave or not.

Heart pained

Once the Sage Narada
Turned the River Ganga
Into a cold ice block
That stood like a rock.

Like this, Kali hardened,
This time, his soft mind.
Nalan took the decision
To leave her then.

Oh Gods!

He made a request,
“Oh Gods of this forest
I’m leaving her
Under your care.”

“In this dark hour
I’m leaving her here
Like a strange man,
Having no concern.”

He walked out

In that dark night,
He walked out,
Left and right,
Hurting his feet.







NN17. DARKNESS AROUND
KING NALAN
NN19. MAIDEN LOST HER COMPANION

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