Nikhil Parekh

Freshman - 508 Points (27/08/1977 / Dehradun, India)

Uttering Her Name - Poem by Nikhil Parekh

WHEN I BATTERED my fists against the acerbic strips of glass;
infinite pores on my skin started to bleed profusely,
However when I did the same uttering her name;
the glass broke into an ocean of splinters; and my hand escaped
unhurt without a scratch.

When I indignantly stopped my nose from inhaling breath;
I let out marathon gasps after a few seconds,
However when I did the same uttering her name;
I could hold on much longer in my deplorable attempt.

When I inscribed a jugglery of design with a knife on my bare chest;
I felt capsized by tumultuous pain,
However when I attempted doing the same loudly chanting her name;
the anguish seemed to vanish into thin wisps of oblivion.

When I tried masticating metal with my fortress of teeth;
I swooned on the ground unconscious with a cluster of them
strewn beside my scalp,
However when I proceeded to do the same whispering her
mystical name;
the disdainful metal transited to silken honey.

When I tried to pummel the wall boisterously striking my
impetuous knuckles;
my fingers contracted a series of multiple fracture,
However when I did the same uttering her name;
the mighty wall broke and the bricks came tumbling down.

When I clambered the slippery slopes of the treacherous mountain;
I lost my footing midway; hurtling down towards the earth head on,
However when I tried doing the same singing her name;
the mountain summit looked like a piece of cake;
and I conquered the same in flash seconds of time.

When I tried consuming vials of poison; indispensable blood froze
abruptly in my veins;
my silhouette lay numb; with a deathly blue incorporating my body,
However when I drank the same uttering her name;
the venom converted itself into pure milk; and I bounced merrily
with resplendent euphoria.

When I leapt from unprecedented heights of the edifice;
I struck the earth with tremendous velocity; staying in
perpetual coma for days,
However when I committed the same feat uttering her name;
the ground I landed turned itself into spongy Dunlop; and I got
rejuvenated by the through stimulation.
When I walked on blazing fires barefoot;
the inner soles of my feet were rendered maim for the remainder
of my life,
However when I executed the same calling her name;
burning embers of the insidious fire felt like refrigerated ice;
tickling my demeanor extravagantly.

I had lived all my life in blissful contentment;
envisaging the beauty of her mesmerizing fragrance,
And eventually when the time came to depart for my heavenly abode;
I still didn't feel the pain; as I faintly recited her sacrosanct name 

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 16, 2014

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