A Poem in Tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput (1986-2020) and Other Poetry by Satyananda Sarangi The Society June 27, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 22 Comments Secret Sorrows in memory of Mr. Sushant Singh Rajput, an Indian actor and youth icon who passed away on 14th of June, 2020 Some secret sorrows come and throng ____the streets of mirth; They dance and hum a mournful song ____around the hearth. They lead us by the hand and set ____alight a fire; A fire of longing, deep regret ____in each desire. Through witching hours, they sit and share ____your life with me; How little acts of love and care ____have ceased to be! My days remember not this pain ____of loss and grief; But shades of midnight blue remain ____with scarce relief. How soon do men with inborn flair ____vacate our heart And yet survive in every prayer ____to play their part. And thus I write to you this dirge ____amid no light To seek a star when you emerge ____again at night. A Poet’s Query For once, did my forsaken song ____in all these years E’er find its place and get along ____with happy tears? Did my obtuse and ragged rhyme ____upon the lake Of verses carved in olden time ____a ripple make? How far has cadence trod with nerve ____and lit a flame? How long has someone held its verve ____without a shame? An electrical engineering alumnus of IGIT Sarang, Satyananda Sarangi is a young poet and editor who enjoys reading Longfellow, Shelley, Coleridge, Yeats, Blake and many others. His works have been widely published in India, Germany, United States, etc. and have featured in The Society of Classical Poets, Page & Spine, Glass: Facets of Poetry, WestWard Quarterly, The GreenSilk Journal and other national magazines and books. He also loves electrical machines and renewable energy sources. Currently, he resides in Odisha, India. 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Anderson June 27, 2020 Satyananda, More information about Rajput would be welcome — a link, perhaps? He was not my icon, so It’s hard for me to understand the sorrow, even though it fairly gushes from your poem. I appreciate, in the second poem, your use of the newly invented/discovered alexandroid form. Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Thanks a ton, Mr. Anderson. I remember having discovered the Alexandroid form through your article some 3 years back. I took an instant liking to it. So, I’m grateful. Infact, I ensure never to miss out on the advice you give to fellow poets on this page. About Mr. Rajput, he was a “larger-than-life” actor, an engineer, an astrophile, a philosophile, an entrepreneur. More on him here : https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/bollywood-features/sushant-singh-rajput-obituary-the-larger-than-art-legacy-of-sushant-singh-rajput/amp/ https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/sushant-singh-rajputs-family-to-set-up-foundation-to-support-young-talent-to-honour-his-legacy-2253123 Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant June 27, 2020 I searched the sad news of Sushant Singh Rajput on the internet after reading your fine poem. For me, this poem shone without the knowledge of the person it was written for. It is full of beautiful imagery – I love the “shades of midnight blue” and the “mournful song around the hearth”. The closing couplet is a heart-touching masterstroke. I am intrigued by A Poet’s Query. Thank you, C.B. for mentioning this new form. I’d never heard of it, and you do it every justice. I must try it! Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Hello Susan ma’am, Hope you’re doing fine. Thank you for your kind words for both of the poems. The second poem is an alexandroid – the form that’s one of my favourites of late. If you notice carefully, the first poem is an extended form of the alexandroid – something I call the “double alexandroid”. You may call the second piece “reactionary” because I wrote it from experience. ( Some years ago, I was admonished by few editors because of my writing style that had rhyme and meter. I was told – ” You won’t survive in the poetry world since your style is obsolete.”) Your poetry has always struck the cords in me. Keep inspiring. Stay safe. Reply C.B. Anderson June 28, 2020 Satayanada, The next time you write an alexandroid, remember: more enjambment! See the original article for Jared Carter’s (the inventor of the form) thoughts on this. Margaret Coats June 27, 2020 Two beautifully crafted poems. In the first, it is intriguing to discover line-by-line how and when the secret sorrows manifest themselves. At the end, it turns out that the person being mourned was and is a star–appropriate for successful actor. The second poem works in a similar way, leading the reader on to gradually discover what it is that the poet is asking. Skillful and exquisite work. Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Greetings Margaret ma’am, Thank you so much for your kind words on the pieces. Stay safe and take care. Regards Reply George Winters June 28, 2020 Mr. Sarangi! The first poem – the tribute is powerful, evocative and poignant. I had no idea about the actor, but found some on the internet after reading this. The piece emphasises on the sorrow of loss. This form’s new to me. Wonderfully executed though. Keep them coming. Thanks. Reply Matthew Hanley June 28, 2020 Greetings Satyananda! Quite reflective of how painful is the death of someone who inspires you. I may consider this to be one of the saddest poems you’ve ever pulled off. As I found later on, the above actor happened to be very popular back in your country. Reminds me “whom the Gods love, die young”. Good wishes Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Greetings Mr. Hanley! This particular actor had carved his way through years of struggle with God-gifted talent. But he’s gone too soon. Undoubtedly, he continues to inspire me through his legacy. Best wishes Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Hello Mr. Winters, Much gratitude for sparing some time for these poems. This new form is called the “alexandroid”. You can find more on this here : https://classicalpoets.org/2017/08/05/how-to-write-an-alexandroid/ Best wishes. Reply Mahathi June 28, 2020 A touching tribute to Rajput. Impeccable poetry. The second sextet in alexandrine is too good. Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Greetings Sir! Much thanks for your encouraging words. Regards Reply Monty June 28, 2020 You’ve done it again, Sat. I can only echo the words of Ms Coats above: two beautifully-crafted and skilful pieces. Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Hello Monty! Quite thankful to you for having read both the pieces. Stay safe in these testing times. Best wishes Reply Sultana Raza June 28, 2020 Two very beautifully crafted and touching poems. Though I wasn’t very familiar with Sushant Singh Rajput’s work, his untimely death is very shocking, as for most people in India. Am glad to discover the alexandroid form as well. I’ll take this opportunity to wonder if this is your real name. I think it’s beautiful, and to those who don’t speak Hindi, Satya means truth, Ananda means bliss, and Sarangi is a string instrument. Therefore, I can interpret your name to be ‘the musical instrument of truth and bliss’. Hope you don’t mind. Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Greetings Sultana ma’am! Thanks a lot for your kind and sweet words. I loved the way you interpreted my name. It’s real for sure. ☺ Stay safe. Best wishes. Reply Sultana Raza July 2, 2020 Well, I’d say whoever gave you this name was very spot on. Also, it’s nice to see someone still so well-mannered in the younger generations. So, kudos to your family for that. Perhaps you might appreciate my poem on Irrfan Khan: https://learningandcreativity.com/an-elegy-for-irrfan-khan/ Reply Satyananda Sarangi July 3, 2020 Greetings ma’am! I went through this sonnet tribute to Irrfan Khan. The poem shows the multiple facets of the late actor. I’m glad you shared it with me. Best wishes and regards. Satyananda Sarangi June 28, 2020 Mr. Anderson, I get your point. Surely, I’ll go through Mr. Jared Carter’s thoughts on the alexandroid. Thanks for the advice. Reply Allegra Silberstein June 29, 2020 Beautiful poems…I’m glad to read them…Allegra Reply Satyananda Sarangi June 30, 2020 Greetings Allegra ! Hope you’re doing well. Much thanks for your kind words. Stay safe. 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