Gopalakrishna Adiga

(18 February 1918 - 14 November 1992 / Mogeri, Kundapura taluk, Udupi, Karnataka / India)

My Lotus Red - Poem by Gopalakrishna Adiga

A bright red lotus has bloomed today
To passers-by, what a fragrant Entree!
The wind, the bees, or the gentle spray:
Who needs an invitation to a party, eh?

The water trembled gleefully,
Tickled by the golden rays.
In how many ways do I love thee?

The bee's busy counting the ways ...
The lotus blushed;
And turned scarlet in face:
Look! His chariot of seven horses
Race through the eastern skyways ...

In every one of his million hands
He carries a tangled web of love.
The lotus was charmed. The buzzing of the bees
Waned; it seemed pale somehow.

She ignores the bees around
And waits for the sun, my lotus red.
Will morrow's dream take the form of sun?

[Translated by C.P. Ravikumar]


Comments about My Lotus Red by Gopalakrishna Adiga

  • Rookie - 61 Points Ratnaprabha Raykar (12/20/2014 3:11:00 AM)

    liked the poem very muchThe water trembled gleefully,
    Tickled by the golden rays.its my fav line (Report) Reply

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