Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan

Rookie (October 22,1972 / Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India)

Ode to the Doon Star


Ah, cherished Doon Star! Hark me from afar
            rekindle her heart with your rays:
She that dwells in my heart ever till I part –
            sprinkle her path with roses.

How swift are the days! For she comes of age
            this coming Saturday, the second –
So guard her in earnest from evil and bring jest
            prithee, make her life jocund!

‘Tis through you I see her and she me
            O Star! reflected upon your boards;
And so convey my message to her heart’s walled cage
            and rebound back to me her words.

So many’ll cheer her - kin far and near
            this Eighteenth Birthday of hers;
Still O Star, send towards her this token of regards
            from someone unseen she knows!

Submitted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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Written by the poet for Sharon Elizabeth on the eve of her 18th birthday. The birthday fell on a Saturday on the second of January that year. The poet had not personally met Sharon till then, although they were in regular correspondence. Those days Sharon was stationed temporarily at Dehradun and the Star motif was a regular feature in the exchange of letters between them.

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