Valsa George


Winged Words - Poem by Valsa George

Like a creature hibernating in its burrow
Waiting to come out with the first verdure of spring
The seed of a poem lay dormant in my heart
Through the long winter awaiting another spring

After staying torpid inside for long
At a time I expected it the least
Timidly came out the first word
As shaky as a calf getting up for the first time

Then another came and word after word in a row
Like pellets of rain on the window pane
I boiled them in the crucibles of my imagination
And finally dipping them in the ocean of my emotions

But rhyme came to set constraints
For the right alignment I struggled
I had to decide on its texture and format
Pondered if it should be a sonnet or an ode

I might have kept the door open for long
Alas! All my words and fancies flew away
Like birds taking on wings into the sky
From a cage where they were imprisoned for long

I stood so helpless with my mouth shut
Staring blankly out into the airy nothing
Like one lost in the doorway of his own threshold
Unable to call back those winged words lost in the void

Topic(s) of this poem: poetry


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Now that I have posted my 400th poem, with a sense of contentment and thankfulness, I invite all my friends to read this poem Winged Words and evaluate it, also, if your time allows, a few of my earlier poems that form a kind of series, tracing the curves and bends of my poetic journey… the delight and disappointment, the aspirations and longings, the ecstasy and heart burn I have experienced as a poet…. in fact the experiences of every poet at one time or the other in the course of his poetic career!

They are

Poet, When Poetry Haunted Me, In Vain, Prenatal Pangs, A Song of Defeat, My Problem with Words, The Death of a Poet, Wishing In Vain, As I lose Myself, An Inspired Poet!

I never expected that I could write 400 poems. I am ever thankful to Poem Hunter for providing this forum. Also to all my friends who through comments and corrections encouraged me!

Comments about Winged Words by Valsa George

  • Kevin Patrick (5/12/2019 10:17:00 PM)

    It has been awhile since I read this poem, but it still conveys the truest expression of a writer, reading this (and all your work) has a symmetry of language that is perfectly shaped. Your words are wings of eagles soaring as high and long with the best Valsa. now that you have made it to over 800 I can see you soaring higher. where stars meet the sky. (Report)Reply

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  • Robert M Smith (3/24/2019 9:48:00 PM)

    Such an insightful and beautiful write from your heart. (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (2/4/2019 7:56:00 AM)

    Typo: Please read as 400th poem (I beg your pardon for inadvertent typographical error) (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (2/4/2019 7:55:00 AM)

    Of late I knew that it is your 400th poems submitted to this august website (from your notes) ! Congratulation! This is really a masterpiece dear madam! (Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (1/24/2019 10:28:00 AM)

    I might have kept the door open for long
    Alas! All my words and fancies flew away
    Like birds taking on wings into the sky
    From a cage where they were imprisoned for long . They are words that have been poured down from the heart
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  • (12/31/2018 4:56:00 AM)

    stilll remains in its beauty (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (8/27/2018 5:24:00 AM)

    I stood so helpless with my mouth shut/Staring blankly out into the airy nothing/Like one lost in the doorway of his own threshold....scintillating poetic expression! Your works are scholarly and unique! My poetic soul salutes your pen! (Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (8/7/2018 10:15:00 AM)

    A brilliant and powerful write. The use of simile enhanced the beauty of this write.
    Liked the last two stanzas. It resonates with me. Sometimes to prevent this from happening,
    every beautiful word that comes to mind must be written. Words are so elusive.
    They may not be able to visit us anymore.
    10++++ and onto my Poem List.
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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (8/7/2018 10:04:00 AM)

    This magnificent write will find its way in every Poet's heart and soul.
    You have vividly portrayed the struggles of a Poet from the time he conceptualize
    an idea, the choice of words and the technical aspect of poetry.
    You have touched the intricacies of Poetry which I think a lot of people find it
    intimidating in Poetry. Yes, the words played a lot. It is the heartbeat of poetry.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/17/2018 1:11:00 AM)

    O Yes
    these wings are wings of Pegasus!
    as like as Phoenix - burned, flamed and ashed!
    o! but immortal flying the soul!

    Yes Dear Madam- these are your poetic mastermind diction- flying immortally.........
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  • Diwata Morales (6/7/2018 8:48:00 PM)

    Unique piece..to my poem list..10 (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray Smith (4/19/2018 5:45:00 AM)

    I love the heading on this poem and its stanzas that fly.++++++10.

    Robert
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (4/18/2018 11:51:00 PM)

    I stood so helpless with my mouth shut/Staring blankly out into the airy nothing….How beautifully you have placed words into the filament! A magnificent poem! This is one of your best poems! I derive a great pleasure when I delve into the intense poetic research that has gone into drafting of this beautiful poem! (Report)Reply

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  • Bipasha D (4/9/2018 10:22:00 AM)

    A brilliant poem. Each stanza is perfect. I loved your use of simile, MAGNIFICENT! ! Goes into my poemlist (Report)Reply

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  • (3/28/2018 8:27:00 AM)

    Those winged words flew away to soar high and proliferate many many times. And as they came back, they will dwell not in the cage but in their sanctuary, Valsa's heart. 10++++++ and to my poem list, too. ❤️❤️❤️ (Report)Reply

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  • Valsa George (3/13/2018 12:49:00 AM)

    Dillip, I am humbled! Thank you for your lovely words of appreciation! (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (3/13/2018 12:08:00 AM)

    I am delighted to learn that this is your 400th poem, a mile stone! … ‘The seed of a poem lay dormant in my heart’ has indeed grown into a great tree with lovely branches and leaves! Hope, this will provide its shade to the passersby! Many congratulations for your superb craftsmanship in yielding such magnificent pieces of poetry! (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (3/11/2018 11:38:00 PM)

    I might have kept the door open for long
    Alas! All my words and fancies flew away
    Like birds taking on wings into the sky
    From a cage where they were imprisoned for long....beautiful expression! A great poem! I will read it again! To MyPoemList........10
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  • Rini Shibu (2/14/2018 5:27:00 AM)

    Poetry which took wings of your imagination and flew into the air for us to read...amazing piece (Report)Reply

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  • Aunty Septic (1/22/2018 10:36:00 PM)

    I have read and commented on this poem before, but I must comment again because this poem is on my favorite poem list so here I am reading it again and am impressed once more by your wonderful wordsmithing! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 5, 2014


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