Articles by Usha Roopnarain

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Why Don’t You Stop This War?
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Aug 2022

19 Aug 2022 –
Are you living in a jar?
No one  can see the brutality of war?
Don’t close your eyes…

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YOU Will Not Be Silent
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2022

Are you wandering.
In this stagnant world?
Perhaps it’s time to shift.

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The Wise Wingless Owl
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2022

He sat perched so everyone could see.
Unmoving, but called king of the night.
Only God could create that amazing yellow eyesight.

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A Bouquet of Many Blooms
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2022

A deserved praise I give.
There are no binaries
…only bouquets

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Paroxysm of Petty
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2022

You thought your words could break me.
You thought no one will see!
You hid behind malicious words.

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Stop This Rape in Ukraine!!!
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2022

Gruesome rape and torment in Ukraine
Causing women and children agonising pain.
Horrific headlines curdle one to the bone.

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Ode to Grief
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2022

Poem written at the passing on of my beloved brother Niresh Manilall in South Africa.

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Evil Intent
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

The seeds of evil have been sown.
To each country it’s own.
Crimes of evil, crimes of hate.

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The Floods
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2022

9 May 2022 – Last month’s floods, which devastated KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. A poem.

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The Wondrous Mountain
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

Is the wondrous mountain you?
Holding you back… like a boulder?
Or can you climb up and realise your true potential?

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Poem about Holi Festival
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2022

The vibrant colours of Holi
Bringing sheer delight with jubilant colour
Like a rainbow, announcing its Spring

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To Be Human–Lives Matter
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

The women, the poor, the marginalised, the ostracised,
What do they have in common?
Their rights are forsaken and forgotten.

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Homage to Women
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

For Women’s Day – 8 Mar 2022 –
A feminine force so mighty and monumental
Yet so delicate, almost ornamental!

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This War of MMXXII
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

This is war my dear!
Invasion for pure greed and gratification.
What else can this be?

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The Ocean
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2022

There is a timeless source leaving the shore.
Waves are crashing, fierce almost like a roar!
The deep blue sea cannot cover or conceal.

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The Bridge or the Barrier?
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

There is a tottering bridge,
across the rocky mountain ridge
Will you use it to build?

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The Lotus Flower
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Feb 2022

Through dirty mud, the lotus flower emerges
Tied to spirituality, the sacred lotus flower
exudes divinity, is a symbol of beauty and spirituality.

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The Fields
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Feb 2022

A gravel path separates the fields
The clouds form a shady shield.

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Freedom
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jan 2022

Blood flowed through their veins.
Shackled and jailed for freedom.
Exploited, oppressed, and subjugated.
Indian heroes and heroines made a sacrifice.

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The Rhino
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jan 2022

I watch you on the safari.
There you go…rhinoceros
To think that you are murdered

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The Kite
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2022

Up and up the kite flies.
The wind carries it afloat
Yet it cannot reach the star.

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Frozen Berries
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jan 2022

Frozen strands of beads,
Looking like crimson pearls.
The sun is never seen.
Hidden?

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The Penguin
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jan 2022

Thought I will find you in the Antarctic
But there you are, in Africa!
All dressed up in your finest.

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The Sneaky Snake
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

It’s easy to be gripped by fear
Sometimes it takes a slithering slimy snake!
Or even the thoughts that we make!

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The River
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Nov 2021

Rain gives birth to one current, one direction.
A river with no return,
For miles it meanders, perennial or naught,

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Who Can Calm the Mind?
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Nov 2021

I tried to tell my mind to let it go.
Instead, it controlled me some more!
Like a load it grew.

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Healing Power of Poetry
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Nov 2021

Write your thoughts.
When you feel you tied up in manic knots.
Expose your delicate and dark spots.

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The Giraffe from Africa
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2021

In the savannah, he stands tall
Masculine, and strong.
Towering in height, everyone looks small.
The African sun falls over his shadow.

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That Old Brown Shoe
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Nov 2021

A newborn is tightly snug in her embrace,
Her belly swollen no more.
Endearingly she desperately tries to look at his face.

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White Jasmine
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

A quatrain. The star jasmine is from my garden.

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Are You Awake?
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Oct 2021

Victimization, persecution, corruption, detestation,
Deforestation, degradation, alienation.
Are you awake? Governed by distractions,
Make a distinction, to stop these factions.

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Pink Hibiscus
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

The hibiscus sturdy and tall,
the sweet fragrance of  the pink blossoms,
epitomizing romantic love,

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Ode to a Dove
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

Everyday, a gentle dove comes  to visit.
he perches his head and stares at me.
Trying to give me a message.

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Live Now
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2021

Out of your entire life give just one moment!
All of your life that has gone past,
all to come after it, – so you know it won’t last,

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White Lily
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

While the snow white lily creates sheer delight,
with her innocence and her beauty so bright.

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Merrygolds
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

O marigolds your beauty is simple
yellow petals from a seed,
who would have thought?

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Accepting the Seasons of Life
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Sep 2021

Celebrating Spring in South Africa

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The Orange Orchid
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

An orange orchid silently blooms
On bare roots, forgotten but has its own perfume.
The colorful buds emerge, like little orange balloons

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For Cat Lovers
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Aug 2021

She looks at me with those big green eyeballs
A type of snowy beard to match the emerald eyes.
No one owns her!
No one knows her name!

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The Berg
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

The mountains stand tall
Yet look so small,
Somewhere the birds call.

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Stringing a Garland
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Aug 2021

I sit mesmerized, as I thread each delicate flower
The petals are perfectly arranged from a dew`s shower.
It is true that only God can use His power
To create such beauty imprinted in every flower.

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O` Buck Moon
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Aug 2021

In your orange light I look at you.
Silently drawn to your beauty,
Unfolding the auburn light, as the young deer grows his antlers.

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And Then God Listened (South Africa)
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jul 2021

23 Jul 2021 –
The past week has been melancholic
Anger, fear, panic has ceased.

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A City in Agony
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

A giant wave has crushed us
Sounds of gun shots, bombs exploding and helicopters circulating.

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Feel Her Beauty
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

Poem inspired by the Giriraj Govardhan Hill near Vrindavan in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India.

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Said the Enchantress
Dr Usha Roopnarain - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

Don’t open the cupboard, she said to me.
There’s something I don’t want you to see.
Special potions and pills for him.

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The Basket of Light
Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

She walks with a basket on her head
Smiling, but her basket is empty, although she carries the king of thermal energy
Luminating galactic, she does not realise this dispensary of light
O! if only she knows, he shines heavenly so bright!

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Don’t Look Away
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

A world that profits from human slaughter!
It happens in plain sight,

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The Brutality of Hate: Stop Homophobia!
Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

I wrote this poem after I read about Aubrey Boshoga a member of the LGBTQ community in South Africa. The community lives in fear and anxiety as crimes against their group goes unpunished. No life should be lost on the basis of discrimination and oppression on grounds of sex, gender and sexual orientation.

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