Ranjana Sharan Sinha (Women and Spring)

Ranjana Sharan Sinha


A pleasant, placid day in March!
Awakened from their winter slumber
the woodlands and the little valleys
have come alive in spring --
Growth, greenery and colour
offering a reprieve from frost and fire!


I soak up the vernal beauty
on the road through woodlands:
The rolling hills extend 
a long way into distance
under the vast infinite blue -- 
Clear and cloudless.
The Narmada nearby 
beckons me closer 
amid a lush landscape!


An epic view of wild flowers
untamed with surreal beauty!
Bunches of white silky blossoms
are hanging from tree branches.
Although they are at a distance,
I can smell the balmy fragrance!
Small zephyr lilies-- pink, yellow and white
have started peeking out from 
the grass-like thin leaves.
The symmetry of man- made garden
pale in comparison to this chaotic array!


The colour of spring becomes intense:
Palash-- flame of the forest-- blaze
and burst into orange-red flowers
on rocky slopes and near the riverbank.
The enticing abundance and the splendid hue
create a stunning splendour--
Words can't capture the mesmerizing beauty!


The images of Palash-- rubies of spring--
have become memories for a lifetime!
Even today they linger deep within 
the corners of my mind and
brighten the inner corridors of my being!
I remember Wordsworth 
and the profusion of golden daffodils!


BIO: Recipient of a number of national and international awards for her contribution to poetry, Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha is an eminent bilingual poet, author, academic and retd. professor of English. She is a well- known voice in Indian Poetry in English with international recognition.She received a commendation from the former President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for her poem 'Mother Nature' contained in her collection SPRING ZONE. Two poems from her collection SCENTS AND SHADOWS are included in the Postgraduate Syllabus of Purnea University.Her poems, short stories, articles and research papers have been widely published in reputed dailies, magazines, e-zines, archives and journals including Sahitya Akademi's Indian Literature in print and online. Her poems have been translated into Greek, German, Albanian, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Persian and Nepali languages.She has authored and published 09 books in different genres and 50 research papers. She is one of the members of the Editorial Board of Our Poetry Archive (OPA).

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