of predators and stalkers
Of child abusers and incestuous wolves
Of unsafe homes for little ones
Of men who lie in wait with tantalising baits
Of the rape of innocence
Of the murder of trust
Of faith falling to abysmal lows
Of fear ruling the roost
Of bomb scares and hypocrite godmen
Of war walking in the streets of peace
Of mayhem dancing a fiendish dance
Of racism running away from its horrors
Of poverty struggling to make both ends meet
Of religious fervour that goes awry
Of men who crush their own brethren
Of the unending lure of jingling coins
Of the utter depravity that we are capable of
Of starving millions that scrounge to fill their bellies
Of loan sharks that bide their time
Of drug induced stupor that devours youth
Of suicides by farmers who can’t feed their own
Of delayed monsoons and lamenting widows
Of overflowing orphanages with pedophiles in tow !
Who can miss the breeze at dawn ?
The smiling rose bud all blushing pink ?
The soft caress of maternal hands ?
The sounds of silence in mountain glens ?
The gurgling streams in Himalayan lands ?
The loyalty of friends true as the pole star ?
The serene gaze of the Gulmohar branches ?
The tiny bird that nests in the hedge ?
The fluttering of the plants of corn ?
The winking secrets of stars at night ?
The unsaid undertones in your silent love ?
Okkhorbd’s poet of the month is LILY SWARN. Let’s take a glimpse about Lily !By the way, we can help you to know how you can find more of her masterpieces!
LILY SWARN,a multilingual Poet , author and Columnist who won the Reuel International Prize for Poetry 2016 .She was recognised by the World Union Of Poets as Global Poet Encomium Of Peace and Universal Love. World Institute Of Peace conferred the title of Global Icon of Peace on her in Nigeria . Lily has been awarded the Virtuoso Award by Philosophique Poetica .Recently conferred with the Elizabeth Barrett Browning International Award at India World Poetry Festival in recognition of her contribution for World Literature and Promotion of World Peace and for her Legendary contributions in the field of Literature and Poetry .Lily has been honoured with” An Icon “award by the city administration during the celebrations of 51 years of establishment of Chandigarh .International Diploma by Temirqazyq, the best writer of the world 2017. Poetic Galaxy 2018 award by Literary Cosmos Society. Sarojini Naidu Award for excellence in Poetic composition and recitation .Awarded Gold Double Cross award for the book ,Complexion Based Discriminations . Lily was awarded the trophy for being Woman Of Substance .Title of Meritorious Poet and Author 2017 by Different Truths The coveted “Frang Bardhi “International Poetry Contest awarded Lily with A Special Award for her exceptional work Lily was given Certificate of Honour for delivering a disquisition on Metalanguage World Directory of Literature , history , art and culture presented a Certificate That endorses the inclusion of the illustrious Lily Swarn for her recognized merits in the literary and cultural field . She is member of various International organisations like the Harikan Prince Art World Ghana and Pentasi B World Friendship poetry . She is an administrator of the Regal World of Scribes and of Pentasi B world friendship poetry A post graduate in English from Panjab University she has taught in the prestigious Sacred Heart College , Dalhousie A gold medalist for Best All Around Student from the Government College for Girls Chandigarh, Lily has two University Colours from Panjab University . One for Dramatics as ‘Best actress ‘ and the other for excellence in Histrionics. She was the editor of the college magazine and also wrote middles for newspapers! She won accolades for recitation of self composed poetry too. Poetry as passion blossomed after her young son’s sudden demise in 2013. She writes with a poignant touch in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu .Her weekly columns Cantonment Calling and History Mystery of Food are highly popular . Lily’s poems can be read in numerous national and International anthologies . Her poems have recently been translated into Italian , Spanish , Indonesian, Greek , German ,Urdu, Arabic , Tamil and Kazakh , Filipino and Bisayan ,Hiligaynon dialect of Philippines too. . She is widely read in the internationally famous Atunispoetry.com ,Poem Kubili and The Garden of poetry and prose magazine . Our Poetry Archive , monthly web journal included her work in the contemporary Poets of Asia edition .Her work has been recognised as explosive, outstanding and powerful by different poetry groups and they often turn their spotlight on it . A featured poet in Pentasi B Friendship poetry ,she has been invited to attend the International poetry meets .Her poetry has also found a place in the e zine ,Incredible Women of India and in the Learning and Creativity Magazine .Lily’s prose makes an appearance in the Australia based EZine ,The Mind Creative .Lily Swarn’s column “History mystery of Food “is published each Wednesday in the international web magazine Different Truths .com. Her series “Cantonment Calling” in the same magazine won her exceptional readership world wide . Her FB page in memory of her late son Gobind Shahbaaz Singh has tremendous following . ‘A versatile genius ‘is the title she got in her school,Carmel Convent . Lily has been a radio show host in North Carolina USA and anchored prominent stage shows both in the civil and army arenas due to her proficiency in English , Urdu ,Hindi and Punjabi .Frequently invited as a guest for her views on the 24hour multilingual radio broadcaster ,Sher e Punjab radio aired from Vancouver, Lily was recently interviewed by the Red River Radio “Tales from the pages “show in the United.States . Married to an army veteran , she lives in Chandigarh, You can find her writings in these books – 1.Contemporary major women poets of India 2.The Virtual Reality 3.Colours Of Refuge A multilingual book whose proceeds go to refugees 4.Bouquet of verse 5.Love poems 6.Roses and Rhymes 7..Revista Letrare ATUNIS Poems translated into Italian 8.A Galaxy of Distinguished Poets and Emerging Contemporary Voices 9.Regular column for web magazine Different Truths read all over the world 10.A Trellis of Ecstasy (Her Bestselling poetry masterpiece) 11.Lilies of the Valley .
We congratulate her for her ceaseless journey and wish a very successful and happy life.