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She Takes Her Life Back - Poem


Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.


This poem is a result of a chain of thoughts dwelling on what would happen if a calamity killed us all. No, this is not to scare anyone or add fuel to the recent fire of pandemic panic. This is just a reflection on the possibilities of nature getting back her lost life.

The Poem

The painted bank of the serene river

There she sits with folded arms and a gaze

Her mind takes her back to the days of yore

When Archee* sat beside her just to laze

Many millions of moons passed since then

Oh! How she has struggled through her fears

The water was once as clear as sunshine

And now, it is muddled with her ceaseless tears

They changed the names of the mountains

The peaks of which she once brightened

With her long locks made of icy-white glaciers

And her golden braids of sunlit dawns on end

Her gown was once a peaceful hue of green

Foliage and blooms formed a delicate pattern

They painted over it with brown and ash

And colors hitherto unknit by her yarn

Yell she could not, violence not her forte

She laid out her brown shawl and simply wept

One day, she thought, when the worst is done

She will dip her tired ankles in a pitcher she kept

Eons passed, stifled was she, when tides turned

An unnamed monster engulfed the humankind

Swiftly, her couture began regaining its colors

Red, yellow, white adorned her sleeves of one of a kind

She was aghast yet pleased at the sudden change of fortune

She’d kiss the hands of the monster if found somewhere

“Thank you for giving back my life”, she’d say

And begin afresh, build anew, right from there

And now her mind back to the serene river

Where Beehum** pecks nimbly at her ears

As promised, she dips her ankles into the water

Her pitcher of a million years of sweat and tears

* Archaeopteryx

** Bee hummingbird

© 2020 Rinita Sen


Rinita Sen (author) on September 10, 2020:

Thank you for visiting Miebakagh. Yes, you are right. Who knows?

Rinita Sen (author) on September 10, 2020:

Thank you Brenda for your heartfelt comment. I appreciate your visit.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 10, 2020:

Hi Mona. Thanks for reading. I hope it doesn't come to the word's end, but it doesn't look like this is the only pandemic we will have.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 26, 2020:

Renita, well done. Such is life. But who knows? Thanks.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 26, 2020:

You are truly gifted.

This is a nice write.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 22, 2020:

A beautiful poem with a most timely message.

Rinita Sen (author) on May 15, 2020:

Thanks a lot for your kind comment, Tiyasha. Glad you liked the tale.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on May 15, 2020:

Wow. A tale so beautifully woven on the surface of time.

Rinita Sen (author) on April 25, 2020:

Thank you Umesh. I'm humbled you thought it's impressive and mystic.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 25, 2020:

Interesting. Impressive poetry. A bit mistique I feel.

Rinita Sen (author) on April 10, 2020:

That's a picture that should say it all, Chitrangada. Thank you for reading. I hope we're all able to reflect on our doings. Thanks again.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2020:

This reminds me of a picture, which I saw on the Internet, few days back. On the picture of the globe, it was written in bold, Closed for repairs.

This is a time to reflect, to realise, and be thoughtful about our actions and our vulnerability.

A nicely expressed poem, quite relatable to the present times, all around the World.

Thanks for sharing!

Rinita Sen (author) on April 09, 2020:

Thank you Launinzo. Appreciate your visit and comment.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on April 08, 2020:

"And now it is muddled with her ceaseless tears" absolutely magnificent. Rinita Sen

Rinita Sen (author) on April 06, 2020:

Thanks again, Li-Jen. I'm glad you enjoyed the personification of nature and travelled with her through time.

Li-Jen Hew on April 04, 2020:

Hi Rinita, appreciate you having this poem because we are in this together. I like the irony of the monster being kind to mother nature but opposite towards humankind. It's refreshing to be taken back in time where nature was still a baby or the days of yore. I also enjoy the personification of nature into a woman, as if showing what mother nature looks like. You nicely described nature as well. Thanks for sharing.

Rinita Sen (author) on March 26, 2020:

Thank you, Dora. Glad you visited today. Appreciate your comment.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 25, 2020:

A classical poem of a story begun in yesteryear. A beautiful read!

Rinita Sen (author) on March 25, 2020:

Thank you manatita.

manatita44 from london on March 25, 2020:

You explain it beautifully! 'Nuff said!

Rinita Sen (author) on March 25, 2020:

Thanks a lot Verlie. You know your comment always means a lot to me. Be well and keep writing my poet friend.

Rinita Sen (author) on March 25, 2020:

Thanks Manatita. Funny you should talk immortality. I re-read parts of the Bhagwad Gita everyday (I assume you have read it) and the other day I was reading about how every being and every situation is unmanifested in the beginning, manifested in the middle, and again unmanifested in the end. In short, every thing and every situation changes and there is something inside everyone that is immortal. The realization made me calm and the result is no fear. We must go through the manifestations to reach the unmanifested stage. Thanks again for visiting.

manatita44 from london on March 24, 2020:

They say that change is a constant and that fear is a huge part of human life. Anyway, don't you feel immortal? If so, then fear not. Chuckle. I know, it's a tricky business.

Your poetry is woven quite well. Om Shanti!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on March 24, 2020:

Rinita this is stunning work, time and nature woven so intricately, and such subtle perfect rhyme. Kudos Poet!

Rinita Sen (author) on March 24, 2020:

Thank you Pamela. Yes, we've been neglecting her too long. Appreciate your visit. Stay safe.

Rinita Sen (author) on March 24, 2020:

Your earnest hope is well appreciated, Ruby. Let's pray that all ends well.

Rinita Sen (author) on March 24, 2020:

Thank you Bill. Appreciate your visit. Glad you agree.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 24, 2020:

This poem is beautiful and we surely whould take better care of our earth.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 24, 2020:

This is beautiful! Hopefully the earth will regain it's beauty and we'll take good care of it and each other.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 24, 2020:

Very beautiful work! A lovely reminder of the devastation man has wrought upon the Earth.

Rinita Sen (author) on March 24, 2020:

Thank you Lorna. Glad to see you and appreciate your echoing my thoughts. Stay well and safe.

Rinita Sen (author) on March 24, 2020:

Thank you John for your kind comment. Yes, good often springs from so called evil. Happy to see that the poem delighted you.

Lorna Lamon on March 24, 2020:

Such a beautiful poem Rinita - heartfelt. Sometimes it takes utter devastation to cleanse the earth and renew. Lovely writing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 24, 2020:

Rinita, what a delightful poem, of nature returning to normal after the devastation caused by mankind. It took some kind of "monster" to let it all begin to restore. Well-written and an enjoyable read.

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