A Night Before Full Moon And Memories Of Holi Poem by Savita Tyagi

A Night Before Full Moon And Memories Of Holi

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Beautiful is the moon, just before
The night of full moon. Specially if
One can watch it late at night or
Early morning in the western sky.

I opened the back door hoping to
Catch a glimpse of super yellow moon.
Dawn is still in night's cozy cradle,
And sound of traffic is almost dead.

Mystical is serenity of darkness but
Moon is nowhere is to found.
The clouds have stepped in late night
To hide celestial beings in gray sky.

I felt the touch of soft raindrops. By the porch
Light, rain is cascading in thin silvery streaks.
though not violent enough to disturb the trance of
Majestic bare oaks or bloom of slumbering daffodils.


Even in the quietness of night
Sound of rain is barely audible.
I came to bed with an awakened self
Attentive to the mild tapping of water.

Today it is Holi celebrated in India. A jubilant
Festival of splashing colors upon each other,
And sharing of food. Night before it, the bonfires
Are lighted everywhere around neighborhoods.

Aroma of green garbanzos roasted upon
Burning wood and laughter of merry crowd
Dancing and singing around fire signals a joyful
Spirit of community celebrating spring equinox.

all this seeped out of childhood memories
To mingle with fresh and soothing sounds
Of raindrops sliding upon the windowpanes,
Dripping from rooftops and bare tree branches.

I stayed awake relishing the whispers of rain and
Of sweet memories breaking the barriers of time.
Was the magic of night lost before the sleep took
Over against my wishes? I couldn't tell.


Savita Tyagi
3.20.2019
3.30 A.M.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: celebration,spring
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Prabir Gayen 21 March 2019

I stayed awake relishing the whispers of rain and Of sweet memories breaking the barriers of time. Was the magic of night lost before the sleep took Over against my wishes? I couldn't tell... ... beautiful

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Savita Tyagi 21 March 2019

Thank you so much Prabir Gyaen. The impressions of early morning were simply poetic in itself.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 21 March 2019

The jubilant festival Holi is specially celebrated in India in just today's tomorrow and this falls on just today'; s tomorrow this year on 22nd March 2019 just after the colourful Purnima Day and World Poetry Day on 21st March 2019 of this year. Everywhere around neighborhoods people share food, sweets, new clothes and many more.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 21 March 2019

Aroma of greenness starting from grass to tree all give us and we behold this aroma of colourful celebration. Laughter of crowd dances with colours of hope and joy and we hear the joyful song in this special celebration. this festival is a great celebration of unity, integration, love and peace. Holi is symbol of universal brotherhood.

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Bharati Nayak 14 July 2021

An amazing poem! The feel of joy, celebration, endearment that were etched in memory comes alive while reading this poem.It mesmerizes me.

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Valsa George 22 March 2019

I stayed awake relishing the whispers of rain and Of sweet memories breaking the barriers of time. Was the magic of night lost before the sleep took Over against my wishes? I couldn't tell.................................... A lovely ending to the poem on a community celebration. It so happens sometimes that even though we decide to keep ourselves awake to watch a pleasant spectacle, our resolve is subdued by sleep!

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 22 March 2019

Dancing and singing around fire signals a joyful Spirit of community celebrating spring equinox. A song of Holi, so passionately and lovingly written by you, Savita ji. Kumarmani ji has already written an elaborate analysis of this poem, which i fully endorse. Thank you for sharing your exquisite thoughts on Holi......10

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Heather W.B. 21 March 2019

This poem has a bright and beautiful texture. Spirit is uplifted reading this lovely poem. Dancing and singing both fill colours in life for celebration. You have drawn a perfect imagery of moon and night. This poem is beautiful like you. Thank you Savita for sharing your lovely work.

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Jennifer Birchall 21 March 2019

So beautifully illustrated, a wonderful poem Savita.

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Savita Tyagi 21 March 2019

Thank you so much for your lovely appreciation Jennifer.

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