09 January 2009

A quiet New Year



Few days back,
The new year came
without knocking on the door
with utter silence
carrying regrettable legacy of its past

I gave heed to the muteness
and woke up early
I wanted to greet him
with loud music, firecrackers
and new resolutions

I did not see him coming
yet, he was standing alongside
with distressed look and wan grin
I stunned into silence
I had waited so long for him to come



I checked through the window
The sun had yet not risen
and sky appeared so gloomy
I recalled the promises
that I had made
when we met last time
To better myself
and try to help realize my dreams
Dreams of peace and harmony
I had resolved last time to
Encourage more and criticize less
Feed more and need less
Enjoy more and regret less

So, was he furious with me?
reminding me of my duties and commitments?
"It's not only you" he uttered
There are many who only talk
and their actions give me shock
They allege 'there is nothing new about me'
Over the years, I have lost my charm
The reception that I get is no longer warm
Yet, I keep coming to remind all
that life is a circle
Good and bad times follow each other
There is always a January after December

I apologized and pledged
to keep my promises this time
I switched on my TV set
News of recession and terror
People killing each other
A leader appeared on the screen
and spoke about ethics
Suddenly, a breaking news flashed
that the new year had begun
Behind the firecrackers and loud music,
I saw him giving an anxious smile
yet waving hands in appreciation

(My poems also appear at http://www.poemhunter.com )

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8 Comments:

Basanta Gautam on January 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM said...

Nice one Deependrajee! This world is like this, always. Someone told about a particular century that "The greatest misfortune of our century is that strong man was never good and good man was never strong". This seems to be true for all times.

But lets hope, this world will see some good days.

सिकारु on January 9, 2009 at 2:05 PM said...

really nice...

apologized and pledged
to keep my promises this time
I switched on my TV set
News of recession and terror
People killing each other
A leader appeared on the screen
and spoke about ethics
Suddenly, a breaking news flashed
that the new year had begun
Behind the firecrackers and loud music,
I saw him giving an anxious smile
yet waving hands in appreciation

thanks depeendra ji...keep it up .

Alok said...

Indeed a nice composition! I liked your resolutions:
"Encourage more and criticize less
Feed more and need less
Enjoy more and regret less"
wish everyone could have a resolution like this, especially in the context of our country, Nepal.
And also the lines:
"that life is a circle
Good and bad times follow each other
There is always a January after December"
I really liked the way of presenting "New Year" as a character here and also the wide area of conversations. Political issues, recession, terror etc. are tactfully included in the verses. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

बेदनाथ पुलामी ( उमेश ) on January 10, 2009 at 2:10 AM said...

Every movement is coming without knocking and goes out without saying anything.
Really - There is always a January after December
Absolutely this is great poem.

Anonymous said...

Message:
Dear poet Deependra Kumar Jha,
Good to read your poem and like it, thank you so much.
Hadaa Sendoo
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

उजेली on January 11, 2009 at 8:30 PM said...

Good poem dipendra dai !!

DEEPENDRA on January 12, 2009 at 5:49 AM said...

Thank you all for your nice comments. I feel encouraged. I wish to join you all in hope to see some good days ahead.

Lukmanul Hakim on January 17, 2009 at 2:46 PM said...

Subarashi Dai Senpai! No need for a long comment. Bravo.

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