The forceful thrust
With which a mother
Pushes out her
Ready to be born baby

The howling thundering
Forceful gusty winds
That bring sheets of rain
To a thirst arid earth

The hidden fault
A line of disaster
That meshes deep within
And causes tremors, quakes

The mighty roar
Of an ancient uprooted tree
That comes crashing down
Crushing lives with its weight

The sweeping, spreading
Hungry licks of a flame
That races across miles
To reduce to ash everything

The roar of an angry lion
The hiss of a venomous snake
The trumpeting of a mighty elephant
The bark or meow of a loyal pet

The force and anger
Of a drunken, clenched fist
That hits an innocent, cowering face
That bleeds and breaks brittle bones

The gradual build up
Through practice, training
Participating, running, cycling, racing
To an ephemeral, changing finish line

The energy of light
Humming through wires
In liquids, chemicals, viruses
Holding its controller in fear

The authority of hidden might
Of wealth, coins and cash
That multiplies in vaults
Feeding greed, starving lives

The shares, the numbers
Of gnomes in businesses
Who control economies
Fates of people, nations

The counting strength
Accumulating in ballot papers
That herald a re-elect
Or a new political regime

The strength of eight
Sinewed shoulders
That lift biers and coffins
To carry to a final rest, release

The POWER of a smile
A tear, a hug or embrace
That can turn disasters to
A loving nourishing experience

Power…an emotion
Power..an experience
Power..a control
Power…a resource of strength
Power…a Divine blessing

This is my take on this week’s Friday blog topic that was suggested by Ramana. You can go to the other powerful writers Shackman, Conrad, Ramana, Sanjanaah, Gaelikka, Srinivas and Prof.Natarajan.

Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they say about Power.







About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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6 Responses to POWER

  1. rummuser says:

    From prose to poetry, quite a transformation I must say. And well constructed too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Chuck McConvey says:

    Well darn it – I did not make the list of powerful writers but that does make me the top of the simpletons so I’ll accept that.
    You covered many things from birth through life. Poetry is a gift we do not share. Nicely done,

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  3. Conrad says:

    Sometimes I feel you are joined with Raju in the way the two hemispheres of the brain join. Your take is poetry and his analytic and this is not the first time the two of you have shown us this pattern.


  4. Maria says:

    That was a powerful poem and it captured the subject in an amazing way. Thank youi.


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