SANGEETA GUPTA, INDIA

Ms. Sangeeta Gupta, a highly acclaimed poet, artist and filmmaker, also served as a to bureaucrat as an IRS Officer, recently retired as chief commissioner of income tax. She has to her credit 36 solo exhibitions of paintings, 25 published books,10 of her poetry collections are translated, has directed, scripted and shot 30 documentary films. She is a bilingual poet and has 14 anthologies of poems in Hindi and 6 in English to her Credit.


SOLITUDE OF SOUL

Invest your soul
in yourself, not in others 
not elsewhere, not in people 
stay detached emotionally 
be sensitive to all 
but save yourself
for yourself only 
empty your cup 
it may be difficult 
almost impossible to let go of
what you had stored in your cup 
since you came to this earth 
but strive and resolve 
to empty fully 
there is no other way 
there is no escape 
so do it sooner than later 
empty and then 
slowly fill your cup first 
with self care 
that is your divine responsibility 
in the process
you will get to know yourself 
that is the only purpose of this life.

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