Neelam Saxena Chandra, INDIA

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I keep building my castle
In which peace, repose and happiness reside,
Where selfishness, greed and anger
Have been barred entry,
Where the only voices that can be heard
Are the chants of “Aum”!

Building my castle
Hasn’t been an easy task
For it isn’t simple to discard these vices
And they keep knocking at the doors
Every now and then.
One or the other
Is at times, more unsettling
And arrives deviously
Through the windows and the ventilators,
Annihilating the entire process
And I stand alone with my ruins.

There is a burning light inside me
Which refuses to douse
Despite all storms
And impetuses me
To restart again
Building my castle!

Neelam Saxena Chandra, a 1992 batch IRSEE officer, has written 4 novels, 1 novella and 5 short story collections, 27 poetry collections and 11 children’s books. She is a record holder with the Limca Book of Records for having the highest number of publications in a year (2015). She has won an award in a poetry contest by American Embassy, Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry Award, Freedom Award by Radio City for her lyrics, Humanity International Women Achiever Award-2018 and II prize for her poem by Poetry Council of India, 2016. She was listed in the Forbes list as one of the most popular seventy-eight authors in the country in 2014.

Best of Women Poetry -2020 :: Setu, March 2020

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