Voices Within: Molly Joseph

Dr.Molly Joseph, had her Doctorate in post war American poetry. She retired as the H.O.D., Department of English, St.Xavier's College, Aluva, Kerala, and now works as Professor, Communicative English at FISAT, Kerala. She is an active member of GIEWEC (Guild of English writers Editors and Critics) She writes travelogues, poems and short stories. She has published five books of poems - Aching Melodies, December Dews, Autumn Leaves, Myna's Musings and Firefly Flickers and a translation of a Malayalam novel Hidumbi. She is a poet columnist in Spill Words, the international Online Journal. She has received various awards.

Face it alone.... 


Face it alone.... 
 ..... ..... ... 
the most 
 vital moments 
of your life,
 you face it 
 alone...

you cried out
 and yelled
all alone
 once out 
of your
 umbilical
support...

you face it
 alone...

you are ill
 and weak,
you face it 
 alone...

your comfort
 zones
close 
 in a moment
unawares,
 you face it
alone... 

at life' s 
 cross roads
you halt
 to negotiate
the curve,
 you face it
alone.. 

to be happy 
 or sad
you decide,
 you face it
alone. 

even at 
 the fag end
of all twists
 and turns,
when you
 succumb
 to death,

you face it
 alone...

if we
 are never
alone,
 we realise not,
our strength
 so new
so powerful
 hidden 
within,
empowered
 by the
 mighty force
 from above...

 better
 gather strength
 to withstand
 the whirlwinds
that sweep
 cross..
wait 
 and watch,
there is 
 always
a calm
 after
the storm...

Raining... 

Raining... 
 . ... ..... 

searching 
for the right key
on the heavy key ring
to open the lock....

before the sunset glow
fades on horizons, 
to trace the lost
before dark...

relishing
the honey drops
that fall from 
heard melodies
turning sweeter...

the urge 
to perch on those
myriad branches
dancing on to the
meadows that stretch....

one second!
let me hold you close,
 your world and mine
heart to heart..

I loved you
still I love you....

like vapours
rising from the lake
our love, went up high,
scattered...

only to come down 
as rain
covering, hugging
the plains...
from frozen, silent sorrows,
would have been,
melting 
down, down,
raining...

New bridges

New bridges
............ ... 

To rouse you
 up
from ennui,
 what words
of mine
 will suffice? 

Shall I
 keep on 
blowing 
 into 
those ashen
 embers
smothered 
 in time
to make 
 it glow...

I love you.

shall I
 fondle 
your dreams
 lying dormant
and tickle 
 them
to blossom....

Shall I
 energise
your hopes
 stranded
in silent
 castles
that echo
 the rushing
mundane,
 its fading 
footsteps...

Shall I 
 sing soulful
into
 your ears
stories
 of resurrection
from
 devastation? 

bridges
 may break
while 
 we cross,
leave it....

We can 
 always
build it
 anew,
build it
 different....

Let us
 laugh it out,
our journey,
 its falls, rise....

Sure, we
 will resurrect,
crossing
 the worst,
braving 
 the odd, absurd...

our will
 to power
turning 
 the formidable
feeble..

the trees
 getting
clearer
 in woods
as we 
 watch 
and wait...
Voices Within - Complete List of Poets :: Setu, January 2019

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