Exposed to the elements of Nature
Bear heavy downpour,
And scorching sun on their massive shoulders
Stand their ground
As silent mendicant
Oblivious to storms and frosts
As years add
Become all the more strong
Neither in the cold they shrivel
Nor in the sun they tan

That is what you are dear buddy
Had a roller-coaster ride
Never sighed
During the turbulent night
Braved its upheavals
Took things in your stride
The way the sea-side rocks bear the brunt of the high-tide
But survive

Yet provide the umbrella cover
Like mountains that
Are shelter to millions

Don’t lose heart, O pal!
The power Supreme
Has designs of its own
That will run their due course
Mortals are mere players on the stage
Says the bearded bard of Avon!

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About sangeeta sharma

Dr Sangeeta Sharma is head of the department of English at Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Kalyan, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, India. She is widely published as a critic and poet. Besides that, she is a regular freelance for Mumbai-based national newspapers. Recently, she published a book In the Shadows: Women in Arthur Miller's Plays and co-edited Delightful Dickens: Some tributes with Sunil Sharma published by YKing Books, Jaipur. Many of her literary and critical articles have been anthologized. Currently, she is engaged in a UGC-sponsored Minor Research Project on the Structural, phonological, orthographical, grammatical and lexical differences in British and American English. Under Faculty Exchange Programme, she visited the University Department of English, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA, in March-April 2012.

2 thoughts on “Courage

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” Courage ” is a generally well constructed poem that deals for the most part with man’s relationship to those circumstances of nature and the world against which we are unevenly pitted. A few editorial points concern what i see as idiosyncratic usage of English ;namely ” O pal ! “. The exclamatory ” O ” is archaic and unfamiliar to the casual reader ; whilst substitutng the more grammatically acceptable ” friend ” for “buddy” and “pal” would,in my view be a positive step. as for the concluding line; the poem would be stronger were you to eliminate, ” says the bearded bard of Avon”,it is entirely superfluous within the context of what has preceded it.

  2. sangeeta sharma

    Thanks Louis for going through the poem closely and also thanks for the editorial comments which were very genuine. However, as far as the mention of ‘the bard of Avon’ is concerned, it is because the views of Shakespeare are incorporated in the last two-three lines of the poem.
    I thought I should make myself clear.


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