Seema Jain (Women and Spring)

Seema Jain
The Chariot of Spring

When the slumberous seeds stir in the earth's womb
When the whole nature conspires to nurture new life
When there is hope and resplendent radiance in the air
The heart knows the chariot of spring has arrived
When the tender green leaves peek out and glisten
When the half-shut buds in shy embrace do blossom
When the blades of grass shed pallid hues and brighten
The heart knows the chariot of spring has arrived
When the riotous shades of flowers breathe into the eyes
When their dopey fragrance seeps into the soul
When their vibrant beauty brings divine tidings
The heart knows the chariot of spring has arrived
When the tiny bumblebees flock to flowers for nectar
When the dancing butterflies render the spirit a-flutter
When the chirruping of birds the whole environs sweetens
The heart knows the chariot of spring has arrived.
When the wintry chill gives way to bright sunshine
When the caravan of joy to humans cheerily beckons
When the swings, slides and pathways bustle with motion
The heart knows the chariot of spring has arrived.

Bio: Seema Jain is a bilingual poet, short story writer, translator, editor, critic and reviewer. Ex-Vice Principal, Dean Academics & Head, P G Dept of English at KMV Jalandhar, Punjab, India, she is enriched with 39 years’ experience of having taught UG and PG classes. She organized many national & international conferences, presented and published no. of research papers at national and international platforms. She has fifteen published books (two published by the Sahitya Akademi). These include 5 collections of English and Hindi poems, 2 edited poetry anthologies (featuring the voices of 138 Indian women poets of the 21st century from all over India and overseas, one of which titled Vibrant Voices: An Anthology of 21st Century Indian Women Poets has been published by Sahitya Academi, New Delhi), 2 edited books of research articles, 3 books of translated poems and 2 novels (one of them published by Sahitya Akademi titled Mohalla and one by Hawakal Prakashana titled The Vanquished Queen: the Diary of Kaikeyi). She is a recipient of many prestigious awards. Her poems are housed in the digital pandemic archives of Stanford University and have been published in more than 120 International/ National Anthologies and Journals. She has published reviews in The Statesman, Kitaab (Singapore), The Dialog (a Panjab University Journal) and many other platforms. She has recited her poems for the Sahitya Akademi’s Sahityotsav 2023 & 2024, during the Foundation of South Asian Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) March & December 2023, the Washington DC South Asian Literature Festival 2023, and at various platforms nationally and globally with some of the stalwarts of English poetry today.

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