Poem: Light-Hearted Freedom

Sushant Thapa

Delight can never end,
It is a true devotion that sings,
Not a false one
The wintry air,
The summers reach,
All passionately
Drive life forward.
Survival is the essence
Of any human life.
Look at the bare boat,
Question for its sail
Reach the other side
Of the river and
Proclaim your journey;
You have won.
Be a twenty-four-hour pursuit.
Let the sensations
Not mourn the death
Without one ounce of devotion.
Feel the seclusion,
Speak for the earthly divine cause.
Humanity is alive
With thirst and a drive to fulfill.
We are part of nature,
Nature knows a true devoted one,
How could you not see where you are?
The boiling fishes in the sea,
The melting of glaciers,
The war at gun point,
Drives the world mad,
How could they not weep?
How the chants of destruction
Reveal the tearing apart
Of the world’s largest painting
Of humanity.
Singing the melancholy,
Pierces like the first hard spear
Of rain.
Love hurts,
Under the sky of blood,
Nature hurts
Under the shrouded dawn
And dusk.
Cage not the spilling mind,
Lock not the tapestry of design,
The weaver is an artist,
Why don’t you imitate the nature?
Let’s seek the final glory hour,
And wake up with the future.
On the other side of darkness,
There is a lighthearted freedom.

(Sushant Thapa is a Nepalese poet from Biratnagar-13, Nepal who holds a Master’s degree in English literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has published five books of poetry namely: The Poetic Burden and Other Poems (Authorspress, New Delhi, 2020), Abstraction and Other Poems (Impspired, UK, 2021), Minutes of Merit (Haoajan, Kolkata, 2021), Love’s Cradle (World Inkers Printing and Publishing, New York, USA and Senegal, Africa, 2023) and Spontaneity: A New Name of Rhyme (Ambar Publication House,2023). Sushant has been published in places like Sahitya Post, The Gorkha Times, The Kathmandu Post, The Poet Magazine, The Piker Press, Trouvaille Review, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Impspired, Harbinger Asylum, New York Parrot, Pratik Magazine, The Beatnik Cowboy, The Dope Fiend Daily, Atunis Poetry, EKL Review, The Kolkata Arts, Dissident Voice, Journal of Expressive Writing, As It Ought To Be Magazine, Spillwords, Mad Swirl, Ink Pantry, International Times and Outlook India among many. Sushant received Yashaswi Book Awards 2079 for his third book of poems “Minutes of Merit” in the recently held Kaling Literary Festival, Kathmandu.)