Conquest – A Rhyme


Shukla Paksha* lands with waxing moon

Hearts of teen-agers begin to croon.

For goddess of knowledge is soon to arrive

To be worshipped in schools making learning thrive.

Saraswati** on swan on Shri Panchami*** day

As an idol on school stage, a seat she takes.

She is all white from temple to toes

Except long, black curls where a crown glows.

Teachers and pupils mingle and blend

As devotees they work hard, precious time spend.

Offerings ready and decorations done

Priest chants mantras, unhappy none.

Worship being over, a sumptuous meal

The teachers serve the girls, no big deal.

The bud of a girl now begins to bloom

Petals opened, scent fills the rooms.

Teachers eye each other, sense something weird

Do they portend evil, some imperial beard?

For only for this day the school is open to all

No use now turning their big eye-balls.



Like swarms of bees aiming the blooms

They land in the premises to dispel gloom.

Armed with honeyed word in heart-bow intact,

That’s kept with much care as Cupid’s dart.

Pushing back the cold day the bees invoke Spring,

Flowers flaunt their petals; hues, scents sing.

Blooms and bees can’t speak but Stare

In spite of the Big eye-ball’s Full Glare.

Not each bee for a bloom for some blooms are wise

They know of the hidden stings that might rise.

Better to worship the knowledge-goddess above

Than to fall at this age for the Saint of Love.

The school stays open till dark night

When goddess, girls and teachers enjoy light.

Recitation, exhibition, songs and plays

Fill hearts with joy that sing and sway.

But the whole town is in the grip of love

The saint and goddess stare from above.

Conquering a heart isn’t all that bad,

Let us all be merry and not be sad.



*The first fortnight between New Moon Day and Full Moon Day is called Shukla Paksha.

**Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती, Sarasvatī) is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning.

***the fifth day in the period of waxing moon when People worship Goddess Saraswati to attain enlightenment through knowledge and to rid themselves of lethargy, sluggishness and ignorance.




Posted for Susan’s Midweek Motif ~ Conquest @ Poets United



13 thoughts on “Conquest – A Rhyme

  1. Narrated as a true teacher! That one day, that one “bud of a girl” and Saraswati make a beautiful music together. Bravo! I am glad to know of this Goddess where intellect and love combine.

  2. But the whole town is in the grip of love
    The saint and goddess stare from above.
    Conquering a heart isn’t all that bad,

    When the whole townspeople are involved and with nodded approvals from above, mingling and overcoming love is all that matters. Very much so Sumana!


  3. Beautiful lines, Sumana…. It is September and the wait for Durga Puja is in its last leg.The time is special for every Bengali as it heralds the good times and festivities mostly …

Thank You :)

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