NEELAM SAXENA, INDIA

Neelam Saxena Chandra
Neelam Saxena Chandra, has authored 70 books. She holds a record with the Limca Book of Records, 2015 for being the Author having the highest number of publications in English and Hindi in a year. She has won several international and national awards. She was listed in Forbes as one of the popular authors in 2014.


TRANSFORMATION

I saunter lazily in the evening 
Amidst the huge trees in my garden,
Watching the parrots flap their wings.

Why do they fly in a group while I wander alone?
Why the onset of something as horrible as Covid?
Devoid of company, my soul feels stuck in a black hole. 

I go back into my house, locking myself in my room.
It’s night. There’s darkness in my heart too.
Sleep eludes me. Murkiness envelopes me.
I feel imprisoned. 

In the morning, even before the sun rises,
I walk in my garden only to see an eagle
Open its wings and fly high in sky in solitude…

As it soars and soars, till it becomes
Just a dot in the sky.
I realise that I have unnecessarily 
Locked my soul in the cave of mistiness.

My soul transforms into an eagle.
I begin to enjoy my solitude.

With my flight, I also motivate my kith and kin 
To fly high in the sky, despite difficulties in life.

A depressed fellow walking lonely on the street 
Looks amazedly at the flock of eagles in the sky
Nudging his wife, “Do eagles ever fly together?”

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