MONSOON CLOUDS By Soubhagyabanta Maharana

Jun 23 2018 4.00

Like migratory birds of exotic thrills
the dark grey patches of clouds
hovering over the dreary sky
bewitch the monsoon ineffably
and become crazy to touch upon the parched earth.
The clouds with their vacant lots
being drenched by rain-drops
rejuvenate gleams and glitters of the season.
The earth looks amorous
with rain-soaked dreams
like a sensuous damsel of mid-night.

Emotion oozes out profusely
as if nature’s drops of ambrosia
have gripped the voluptuous season
with a frenzied sensation.
In the drizzles of rains
the passionate clouds come across
iridescent rainbow for warm embrace.

The monsoon clouds
sometimes playing hide and seek
allure eagles to sojourn over the horizon
dreaming for silvery drops of rains.
Released from the solitary confinement
of scorching heat and severe sweating
the monsoon clouds herald a vivid welcome
of life and animation for meadows and mountains
in the metamorphosis of a dying earth.

The pervading hues and colours of monsoon
entice from farmers to flutists
poets to pundits
monks to monarchs
and love-sick to lepers
to enjoy the seasonal changes of nature.
The dirge of death slowly
turns into a scintillating song of life
amidst the murmuring of showers and streams.



About the Author


Born in the year 1951 at Bolangir town  Mr. Soubhagyabanta Maharana is a reputed bi-lingual  poet, critic and translator of Odia literature. He has to his credit 14 Odia poetry anthologies, one Hindi translated  poetry collection and 3  Essay collections on criticism on modern Odia poetry.  He has received the prestigious Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry collection MATIPARBA for the year 2010.  Moreover, for his excellent contributions to Odia poetry he has been awarded the glorious Jhankar Kabita Puraskar of the Prajatantra Prachar Samiti, Cuttack in the Bisuv Milan -2018. His poems have been translated into English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese and Bengali. He has also translated some Odia poems of eminent poets into English. His English poems are being  published in the National and International journals, E-journals and magazines and Indian Literature. After retirement from Life Insurance Corporation as Divisional Manager, he has settled in Sambalpur city.