Malakshmi Borthakur, INDIA

A FEW WORDS OF FALSE HOPE

Every morning in my eyes
I wear a beautiful smile
And the fragrance of
That Jasmine smile
Forces a pair of pale eyes
To glitter for awhile

After each sleepless night
In the morning I plead with my eyes
Not to let the tears flow
As seeing my smiling eyes
A new day begins and 
A wish and a hope grow

I cram
A few words of hope daily
Though false
They work miraculously
As the resonance of
Those words of hope
Compels a tired heart
To beat unceasingly

Those words of false hope
Reverberate like holy chants
For a cause divine
They've been spoken persistently
To tempt someone to live
Not for awhile but continually

Of late, I've been charged of
Being a deceiver, a liar and a sinner.
People bully me, throw stones
Of sharp words at me
But I've neither to react nor to retort
As they don't know
I've left no stones unturned
And a bunch of those fictitious words
Is now for me the last resort
The only shaft to cling, the only pillar to hold up

Now a days I don't know
What's a lie or what's a truth
What's a deceit or what's a sin
For I've vowed to keep on telling lies
To pour a few drops of life in a dying soul...


SOLACE

In the lonely road of life
in deep darkness
when I lost the way 
I was robbed
of all my belongings
my emotions, my feelings!
I wanted to shout
I wanted to scream
I wanted to cry aloud
but I didn't 
because something precious
was still there with me
as you were with me
with your absence!
and I realized
I haven't lost myself.


AN ODE TO FREEDOM

Oh dear!
The song I could never sing
The dream I could never dream
Without you!

Oh dear!
Without you, I was a bird with two wings
But could never know how to fly!
Without you, I was a honey bee
But could never know how to buzz!

Now I am a lark, who's singing the song of life
Now I am a dreamer, who's dreaming of a better world full of hope
I am a poetess, who's now letting her ink to dive deep into the ocean of imagination with ease
I am a woman, surpassing all the hurdles of life
Who's now ready for a journey towards the east without a cease!

These days,  people ask me your identity with curiosity!
In reply, they get a smile of sublimity!
How could I tell them who you are to me?
Oh dear! My sense of freedom!
You're the one who I recently found, have sprouted inside me!
You've freed me from the shackles of my self-made inadequacy...!


Malakshmi Borthakur is an Indian poetess writing in English, Hindi and Assamese. Her poems often deal with human issues - love, life, pain, tears and the anguish that individuals suffer from within. Her social concerns include gender justice, human rights and human development. She has contributed in many reputed national and international e-zines, journals and anthologies. Her poems brought for her several accolades like Pentasi B World Featured Poet 2018 by Pentasi B World Friendship Poetry, Philippines, Former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Award for Literature 2018 by Arpita Foundation, Mathura, India and World Laureate in Literature 2018 by WNWU, Kazakhstan. She is one of the top 10 contestants and winners of the most prestigious 'Rabindranath Tagore Award - International Poetry Contest 2018', under the category, 'Poets highly recommended by Juries'.


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