SATBIR CHADHA, INDIA

Satbir Chadha
Ms. Satbir Chadha was awarded the Reuel International prize for her medical thriller novel “For God Loves Foolish People”. She has 3 poetry collections to her credit and has been published in over twenty national and international anthologies of poetry and short stories. She is a recipient of the Litpreneur Award by Authorspress for her contribution to literature. She is the Founder of the NISSIM International Prize for Literature, awarded annually to upcoming writers of English prose and poetry.

 
THE SOLITARY SOJOURN
 
The earth is draped today in sun burnt yellow
Strong to hold up against whiplash of winds
Weathering powerful thunderstorms
Curled up dry leaves
Quietly dropping to the ground
When life softly ebbs
Like a sob, like a tear
And a patient wait for the transition
To a new form
How painful would it be
Or maybe not, in God’s mercy
They lie, a carpet of ochre corpses
Souls having fulfilled a journey
Waiting for the next.
 
Oh, do not crush them under your feet
For they’re about to be dust
That one day you shall lie under
 
The leaves and I are as one -
Both biding time -
Between one journey and the next
 
For the soul has no partners
But is not solitary -
It is a part of the divine Whole.

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