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Valsa George


'Lead Kindly Light'


Caught in the clutch of darkness, I quail
Seeing it shrouding my spirits, I wail
Assailed by afflictions severe
My life is now devoid of all cheer

Oh Light! Penetrate through this darkness
Let your beams cut through this dankness
Till every murky corner is warm and aglow
And I am steadied by that glow

Across the lengthening stretch of my loneliness
I see only frightening shadows of grayness
So come down to me as a prop
As through this alley, staggering I grope

Hold my hand and lead me to sunshine
With Thy brilliance, my life entwine
Set my mind free from the grip of fear
Fill it with thoughts, resurging and pure

So shall I go on my journey
With abiding Hope as company
And enough grace to make each day
Better than the ones gone their way!

Submitted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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A Sunken soul's prayer!

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  • Gold Star - 13,026 Points Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (11/28/2014 12:36:00 PM)

    This is very enlightening and awakening indeed......Valsa......scripted with heavenly words touch my heart indeed
    ........great write with great inspiration....10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,880 Points Hazel Durham (7/14/2013 1:05:00 PM)

    A plea for the darkness to cease and allow the light to ease your loneliness and fear!
    I love this enlightening write! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 982 Points Kee Thampi (7/6/2013 12:29:00 AM)

    green shadow of a Budha statue......
    Hold my hand and lead me to sunshine
    With Thy brilliance, my life entwine
    Set my mind free from the grip of fear
    Fill it with thoughts, resurging and pure


    I love the greatness of this write and a loving heart of peace (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,505 Points Dinesh Nair (7/5/2013 9:33:00 AM)

    Dear madam Valsa,
    My poem is an adaptation with the status of a shadow. I cannot post it in my home page as suggested by you. I thank you for your generosity in complimenting my adaptation. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,963 Points Valerie Dohren (7/4/2013 4:28:00 PM)

    Beautifully written Valsa - the darkest hour is just before dawn, so be thankful for the darkness, it has a reward. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,580 Points Valsa George (7/4/2013 10:48:00 AM)

    Dear Dinesh,
    Your poem-Lead Kindly Human Love is indeed stunning! It has really eclipsed my original one! Why don't you post it on your page for the others to enjoy? It is so original that it cannot be called a mere adaptation! Thank you for this great honour! Let me shine in borrowed plumes for the time being.....! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 781 Points Thomas A Robinson (7/4/2013 7:32:00 AM)

    Perhaps, in darkness just before dawn, in the calm one casts their eyes around for a sign.
    There before we can see it we can feel the light rising.
    Graduating from black to greys and eventual blue,
    One's hope rise with the sun covered dew.
    Till in glory the orange orb riises
    separating darkness the light divides us (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 421 Points Shahzia Batool (7/4/2013 6:09:00 AM)

    The Title is fetching, though apostrophy to Light indicates that the soul is not that much in a fallen or sunken state...rhyming is very natural connecting the ideas meaningfully together, it does not look forced one anywhere...Dinesh Nair's presenting the perspective is appreciated, as it is consoling, and has many good arguments...You write on every mood with that particular feeling successfully! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 223 Points Yasmeen Khan (7/4/2013 2:48:00 AM)

    I read it as a supplication and felt its beauty in my heart, nice lines dear Valsa to call upon Light to come to rescue. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,273 Points Patricia Grantham (7/3/2013 2:17:00 PM)

    Darkness can envelope all of us at one time or another. We
    may constantly grope for the light until we can see it. When the
    light finally comes darkness disappears and so does fear an
    loneliness. Good expressions Valsa. Very enlightening. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,505 Points Dinesh Nair (7/3/2013 11:20:00 AM)

    Dear Valsa, I have attempted here a version of this poem from my angle of seeing the things...

    'Lead Kindly human love'

    Caught in the storm of growing concern, you fly
    Feeling its pain down to our hearts, we cry.
    Abused by poets and lovers of masses ever
    Oh love, you are now different for us, brother.

    Oh love! flash across this surviving land of morrows
    Let your hands lead us ahead through despite the sorrows
    Till every hungry land is fed with a slice of bread
    And we are consoled by your steps spread.

    Across the emerging tracks of our journey ahead
    We must hear your breath soothing us aboard
    So, love come down to us all as a shower of blossoms
    And we have to tide over this phase of seasons

    Lead us on to the land of concern and mutual feel
    With your touch that is made by a hand of no steel
    Embrace our minds and instill hope in us all
    Fill our abodes with your magical feathers in whole

    So can we go to our tomorrows in all smiles
    With abiding minds of our brethren in no veils
    And enough hope will make the dream come true
    Faster than the way their Gods promised to make them for sure!

    With due apology for rewriting the poem.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (7/3/2013 10:05:00 AM)

    When the Soul is sunken, the Prayer to the' Kindly Light ' with 'abiding Hope as company and enough Grace to make each day', emanating from the core of the heart is appealing ! As ever, lovely, Valsa! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 919 Points Gulsher John (7/2/2013 1:13:00 PM)

    I read few times this piece of urs but i missed Volsa....... form, flow, diction and that scholarship....
    It seems a translation,
    Extrinsic and alien in FORM that associated to Volsa but the theme too strong and gracious
    The title phrase Lead kindly light is awesome...
    Overall the piece is impressive and poignant............ (Report) Reply

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