April 6, 2016 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION


Rajesh Nair






Who am I?

Search for the inner soul

Time to retrospect

Meaning of existence

And forgo the ego upheld

Until a hermit scantly clad

Pulled my mind

Into the deep tunnel

And subjected to examine

The test of time

Atop the sacred mount

Overlooking the sanctum sanctorum

Mount itself manifested

Glowed with light divine

Embraced me into thine arms

Surrendered unto you

Time stood still

Mind freed of worldly pleasures

Confined to single search

Who am I?

Sat for hours in a cave

Struggling to meditate

Difficult so initially

Silence and darkness prevailed

Prostrated at length

Forgot to get up

All within deep rooted

Journey so circumvent

World looked so small

Within so huge

Not so easy

To suppress the brain

Arresting the flights out

And filtering them in

The churn of the innerself

Started slowing down

When twitches in face eased

Found a new sense of relief

I still saw with closed eyes

Heard nothing in commotion

Human machinery slowed down

No thirst without water for long

Soul the master

Brain the node of commands

Body the executor

Senses the perceiver

It was good to start

The search, who am I?

Time would tell

The profundity of the search

Better to begin than never

Made it a ritual

To take some time off

Always the search restarted

Progress so minimal

Know not how far I succeed

The quest still remains

To find more WHO AM I ????












Who knocked the door at night

Opened to see nobody in sight

Where from the noise emanated

From within or external knew not

Into the wilderness heart leapt

Waited impatiently for the stranger

Who failed to show himself up

Anticipation pumped in fright

Light failed within to amaze

Candle glowed to emit shadows

Images moved while wind gushed

Curtains gave way to darkness

Once again the door was knocked

Was it real or imagined

Courage failed to open the door

Layer of fear blocked senses

The strangers one or two

Heart uttered definitely two

Distinct were the knocks heard

Waited still and motionless

When once again the door knocked

This time at two different places

To make sure there were two

As I waited to understand more

The family photo on the wall

Crashed on to the ground

Heard somebody weeping in my ears

Winds calmed to make audible

The toys placed at corner

Suddenly sprung to life

Operated with no power within

The bells rang and I skipped a beat

Picked the photo to find

No damage to the frame and glass

Bewildered to find two miss

From the group once clicked

Boys were they so handsome

Sat between dad and mom

Safe they thought were

For destiny changed the way

Years rolled by left alone

The strangers thus well known

Were brothers in the group

When lake swallowed them

Children were they so dear

When God liked them much

Never cared for what was left

To loiter alone in the dark

More often the knocks heard

The tears ever running

Love for them will ever last

For known strangers I have none












On the edge of the hill

Touching the skies dark blue

Deep engrossed in thought

Watched with intent, birds soar

The valley lush green beneath

Amidst the spiked mounts

Flowed the river zig-zag

Brimming at every corner

The paddy fields danced to tune

As winds lullabyed across

Tall trees bowed in reverence

For climbers to latch on

The giggling of the children

Echoed to village close by

Cattle grazing in the meadows

Wandered without any limits

Farmers clad in clay, ploughed

Water was in plenty

Civilization flourished a many

For nothing was in dearth

Happiness bloomed amongst the few

Houses stocked with grains

To serve when seasons changed

Pure smoke drove away pests

Cattle dung was in plenty

For most purposes it served

The lanterns provided enough light

To scare insects and share views

The entire folk immunized

With natures own bounty

Epidemic kept a distance

Appetite afresh so available

No mix no gain malified

No venom or poison heard of

Insects devoured the fruits

Left many for the humans to thrive

Though leftover could be had

Ill effects none to be found

All loved each other so well

Sharing of problems or food

Was in every blood

Evenings of musical galore

Camp fire a daily ritual

Each one knew each other

Where they belong to

No colour, caste or creed

Humanity the single religion

Grouped all of them alike

No fights no distractions

Plenty of time to talk

The bent of mind to help

Wiped of tears if any found

Smoke, fire and water

All cleansed off the dirt

Mind was never polluted

Life was the single cause

Basic amenities the only need

Wants and desires unexplored

Lived big family, great family

Gone are those days

Never ever to be seen or heard

Mind longs for all that

You already have read










Rajesh Nair

A seasoned professional with 14 years of diversified experience as a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Navy in the Executive branch (Hydrographic cadre) encompassing meticulous survey operations, planning and time management, resource management men and material, Data compilation, Training and welfare, Relief operations, Safety and security aspects, Men, Material and Crisis management and also as an instructor of Indian and International Naval officers in the National Institute of Hydrography.

On exit from the Navy being absorbed in the role of Chief Security Officer in a Public sector, an undertaking for the past five years, and has a flair for poetry writing, animal care and save the planet campaigns.


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