She Takes Her Life Back - Poem

Updated on March 24, 2020
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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


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    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

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

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      2 weeks ago from Washington Court House

      You are truly gifted.

      This is a nice write.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      2 weeks ago from Philippines

      A beautiful poem with a most timely message.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      8 weeks ago

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

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      8 weeks ago from Gurgaon

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

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

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Interesting. Impressive poetry. A bit mistique I feel.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Launinzo. Appreciate your visit and comment.

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      3 months ago from Kanab, Utah

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

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

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you manatita.

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      3 months ago from london

      You explain it beautifully! 'Nuff said!

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      3 months ago from london

      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!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      3 months ago from Canada

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

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

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

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

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      Lorna Lamon 

      3 months ago

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

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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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