Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Knight in Shining Armor (Magic and Alchemy)


It now feels like eons
Amid fairy tales
and medieval romances,
I started yearning for
a dauntless savior;
Wearing rose-tinted glasses, 
I wondered, "Where is my
Knight in shining armor?"

I soon felt impatient
with the long, arduous wait
Yet my heart was adamant;
Amid hardships and tragedies,
I found the mine of wisdom
Also in abundance they came
- allies and critics
but the Knight in shining armor
was nowhere in sight.
Disregarding it as my childhood dream,
I laughed in front of the mirror when
I behold the Knight in shining armor.

The sudden realization
showered me with unfettered joy
I looked at the girl in the mirror
She had fought each adversity
with the sword of tenacity
Saved me each time
I faced any difficulty.
When I was the Sleeping Beauty
drowned in ignorance,
she awakened me;
When I was stuck like Cinderella,
She, through her hard work
fulfilled all my dreams.
At last, I found the one 
I've been seeking for long
I smiled as I looked at the mirror
Yes! I am my Knight in shining armor. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Monday, 12 April 2021

Jewels (Magic and Alchemy)


The scars of yesterday
have crystallized into
jewels - azure, amber, emerald
Strength, hope, wisdom.
Fasten them on
your tiara of resilience;
Now wear your cape of confidence
as you carve a new path, 
move perilous mountains
shatter the glass ceilings
like the warrior you are!

Purba Chakraborty


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Saturday, 10 April 2021

In their Eyes (Magic and Alchemy)


In the eyes 
of my mother and grandmother,
I had seen broken dreams, 
missed opportunities
unfulfilled wishes
unfinished sentences
haunting them like a ghost
due to gender-inequality. 
I wonder how deep
their love for me has been;
They gave me the life
they dreamt but couldn't have;
They weaved a blanket 
of strength, love,
tenacity, and resilience
from all their brokenness
and sheathed me with it
so that I get to live
this privileged, liberated life.
And today, whenever
I fulfill a dream,
Win a verbal battle
Create opportunities for 
myself and my soul sisters,
I realize my mother and grandmother
are living their dream life through me;
Together we'll always be in this journey.

Purba Chakraborty


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Friday, 9 April 2021

How to be the Thunder! (Magic and Alchemy)


You long to be 
a beautiful rainbow
on people's sky;
At times, the sun
Sometimes, the full moon
Also, a pole star.
But today I will teach you
how to be the thunder!

When people try to stifle your voice
On account of gender, caste and race
Roar like the thunder
Till they shudder
and realize their blunder;
Call out against any inequality
that you witness;
Leave your questions on 
their cloudy minds
like a bolt of lightening.
Be the thunder in their sky
Compel them to reply 
why do they even try
to stifle someone's voice
on account of gender, caste and race.
Yes, roar like the thunder
Till they shudder
and realize their blunder.

Purba Chakraborty


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Thursday, 8 April 2021

Give me your Hand (Magic and Alchemy)


Give me your hand
Let me take you twenty years back;
Can you see that scared child,
locked inside a dark room
as punishment for being disobedient?
She is shaking in fear
with the stern belief that 
she has to always please others
in order to be accepted. 
Take her in your arms,
Sing a lullaby to comfort her
Let her know she will be safe 
She will learn to protect her 
She will conquer every darkness
There is nothing to fear.

Give me your hand
Let me take you ten years back;
Yes there she is, the doe-eyed girl
Ridiculed by her school teacher
for being an introvert
Bullied by her classmates 
for not being able to fit-in. 
Her eyes rain tears of rejection
She wonders if this will be her life's fashion.
Hold her hand
Wipe her tears
Tell her she will grow 
into a beautiful, confident woman
and conquer many mountains
She will learn to stand up her herself
without losing her kindness and grace.

Give me your hand
Let me now take you seven years back;
Can you see her countenance
marked by a profound agony?
She has experienced loss of a loved one
at the cruel hands of death
Her life seems to have lost all meaning
She is terrified of losing people.
In that fear, she is building iron gates
in front of her loving heart;
She wants to distance herself from all
so that she never has to taste the pain twice.
Give her a warm embrace
Let her cry her heart out
Let her tears melt away those
iron gates that she had built;
Now, tell her how life is a full circle
Whatever goes away returns back
The same book in a new cover
The same words in a new tune.
She has nothing to fear
Life will always reward her with 
new hello after a painful goodbye. 

The little five-year old,
The doe-eyed teenager
The melancholic young woman
They all live within you.
You nurture them daily
with pearls of wisdom
and kind, assuring words of love;
No matter what the past has been,
They are happy and peaceful today
Coexisting in your heart with harmony.

-Purba Chakraborty


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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Flirting with the Mountain Breeze (Magic and Alchemy)


Flirting with the mountain breeze,
The little girl experienced life's first kiss;
The wild wind in her hair
Lured her to dream and dare
To forget all logic and sense
To see life from Nature's astute lens
To sing to the wild flowers
To roll on the verdant earth for hours
To dance for the fluttering clouds
Not care for the supercilious crowd.

Flirting with the mountain breeze,
The weary woman experienced life's rosy kiss;
The wind pampered her ritzy tresses
Inviting her to be part of the wilderness
Amid nostalgia, she had the awareness
Only living on her own terms
will give her divine happiness.

-Purba Chakraborty


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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Emotional Ebb and Flows (Magic and Alchemy)


Wading amid the ceaseless
emotional ebb and flows,
I get surrounded by a
tiny zillion thought bubbles.
I struggle for air as I swim
The thoughts make me overwhelm
I almost drown...

...Wading amid the ceaseless
emotional ebb and flows,
I again get surrounded by a 
tiny zillion thought bubbles.
Now, I witness each of them
sans any ropes of attachment
I accept some
I delete some
I ignore some
I laugh at some.
Finding the pearl of liberation,
I float in the sea of life
At ease, without strife.

-Purba Chakraborty


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Monday, 5 April 2021

Dancing with a Cyclone (Magic and Alchemy)


It came to consume me
To thrash me down
to the pebbled floor
To laugh at my
tears and blood-tinted lesions;
Like a barbarous sadist, 
It reveled in my misery;
The more I whined, 
the more it was unkind
Till I ogled at it
With a bona fide smile
and stood up after a while.

"You are no foe,
but a teacher in disguise",
Saying this, I held its hand.
Dancing with a cyclone
Round and round, I was thrown
I fell, I got hurt, yet I stood up
Dancing with a cyclone
Round and round, I won.
I learned my strengths as
I matched its footsteps;
Finally, when it was gone
From caterpillar, a butterfly was born. 

-Purba Chakraborty

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Saturday, 3 April 2021

Courage, the Queen sitting in your heart (Magic and Alchemy)


How long will you
gaze at those half-baked dreams
with an aching melancholy?
How long will you 
watch your vision of glory
getting blurry 
with the remnants of failures
and the bitter words of naysayers?

Stop at once
and tap into that mighty reservoir
of Courage sitting in your heart 
like the Queen in chess;
She is bedecked with 
pearls of faith and rubies of resilience.
Invoke her today
When your mind-kingdom is in danger;
Let Courage fuel those half-baked dreams
and clear your mighty vision;
The failures are now notes of wisdom
Your naysayers, part of your fandom. 

-Purba Chakraborty

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Friday, 2 April 2021

Blossoming Overnight (Magic and Alchemy)


At the charcoal dark of night,
She realized she has lost her light;
With clammy eyes, she plucked out
Sunless, dried, rancid petals of
Envy from her heart
that had robbed her off many
Soul sisters for years 
and kept them apart.
Her burden lightened 
as she fell into slumber,
The sun rose in her heart
making her blossom overnight.

-Purba Chakraborty

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Thursday, 1 April 2021

A Time You Felt Happy (Magic and Alchemy)


Do you 

remember a time

you felt truly happy?

Not for a flickering few minutes,

But for what felt like eternity;

Dancing in the air kind of happy

Spreading love like confetti kind of happy

Feeling that you belong to the entire universe kind of happy?

Close your eyes

Take a deep breath

Feel at home with hope and love

Radiating through every cell of your body.

Walk into that room of your mind

that carries the fragrance of the happy time;

Look for its source in every nook and corner

till you tire out and fail;

Now see yourself in a new light

Yes, You - the Creator 

of Absolute Happiness and Bliss,

of every great thing that has happened in your life. 

-Purba Chakraborty


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