Heart as a Vagabond

POETRY FORMAT, 23 Nov 2020

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

A person can be a Vagabond
He roams hither and thither
He has no place to call it a home
He has no roots, be it summer or winter

In Hindi we have a song
Hai apna dil to Awaara 
N jaane kis pe aayega
(My heart is a vagabond,
One knows not where it will land)

Do we have a heart chained to its body
Or has it become bond-less
It likes someone and loses its chains
It basks in its freedom, it sings in happiness

Who in the world does not like freedom
Call it democracy, call it a just kingdom
Good if we find some transport – horse or a camel
Else walk all the way till your feet turn into gravel

The heart knows only to pump red blood
When it sees another, it begins to pump faster
Is this good for its robust master
But going too fast can lead to disaster

The mind knows not why the heart loses a beat
Seeing another one it feels upbeat
It smiles shamelessly, it wants to greet
Send a heart throb till the two hearts meet
Such is the nature of the heart in heat.

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Dr Ravi P Bhatia is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, an educationist, Gandhian scholar and peace researcher. Retired professor, Delhi University. His new book, A Garland of Ideas—Gandhian, Religious, Educational, Environmental was published recently in Delhi. ravipbhatia@gmail.com


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