Photograph of Indian soldiers in Kashmir‘An Ode to the Indian Soldiers’ and Other Poetry by Sathya Narayana The Society December 18, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 3 Comments An Ode to the Indian Soldiers ottava rima Be choking chill or burning heat; be rain or sleet; thou’re there O soldier brave to save thy brethren sleeping sound inland, sans pain. Thy eyes surveying every crest and cave; the crooked snowy paths and frozen plain; forgot a wink, in wait of enemy knave. Thou’re there O soldier brave and here we’re snug and safe in the warmth of tight tricolour hug! The Light from Gloom a rondel As din that’s heard always, by peace gets drained and world around becomes a faded paint; all dreams assume new hues sans worldly taint and senses calm as soul flies high unchained! New clues, new views, new cues and news affained to soul alone unfurl in colours quaint as din that’s heard always, by peace gets drained and world around becomes a faded paint. Who said this world is true and dreams are strained mind’s fancy myths and pained heart’s woeful plaints? It’s time Noesis dawns from Visible’s faint and mind and heart get numbed, by bliss contained as din that’s heard always, by peace gets drained. Once an advocate, Sathya Narayana joined the Government of India as Inspector of Salt in 1984 and got two service promotions. In May 2014, he took voluntary retirement as Superintendent of Salt. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Leonard Dabydeen December 19, 2017 Welcome to TS, Sathya Narayana. Your ‘ottava rima’ poem, “An Ode to the Indian Soldiers” is magnificently written. Lovely rhyme scheme to make Sir Thomas Wyatt so proud of your work. Even romanticist Lord Byron may fumble and look at his “Don Juan” and your classic touch. And W.B. Yeats would give you a high-five! Your ‘rondel’ poem is certainly impressive and thought-provoking. Interesting rhyme scheme and imagery. Classic touch! Reply Rajendra Singh Bisthakur April 10, 2018 “The Light from Gloom” is an excellent poem very rich in imagination. Peace after draining din. The word ‘drain’ powerfully conveys poet’s emotion. Yes, only after containing heart and mind bliss is attained and then there is no din but only peace. “An Ode to the Indian Soldiers” depicts the hard and tough life the soldiers lead that we, citizens may live in peace and comfort.. A good poem saluting the sacrifice of our soldiers and other paramilitary forces. The poem is not confined to any one country and is universal in appeal. Reply Rajendra Singh Baisthakur April 10, 2018 Name wrongly spelled. Should be Baisthakur and not Bisthakur. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.