I Truly Drink Celestial Light

Every dawn is a treat

Every dusk is full of delight


Light of the sun slowly fading

giving way to the soft light


of the moon and stars

appearing one by one…



In the still of the night

I truly drink the celestial light


My eyes roving from one star to another

looking carefully at the constellations


having already seen all the planets

visible with the naked eyes


then dawn offers its own wonders

with the shaft of sunlight breaking in


with birdsong, bright stars still around

before the Sun claims the whole sky.


Abhay, K.

Abhay K. is the author of nine poetry collections including The Magic of Madagascar(L’Harmattan Paris, 2021), The Alphabets of Latin America(Bloomsbury India, 2020), and the editor of The Book of Bihari Literature (Harper Collins, 2022), The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems, CAPITALS, New Brazilian Poems and The Bloomsbury Book of Great Indian Love Poems. His poems have appeared in over 100 literary magazines including Poetry Salzburg Review, Asia Literary Review among others. His 'Earth Anthem' has been translated into over 130 languages. He received SAARC Literary Award 2013 and was invited to record his poems at the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 2018. His forthcoming book length poem is titled Monsoon. His translations of Kalidasa's Meghaduta (Bloomsbury India, 2021) and Ritusamhara (Bloomsbury India, 2021) from Sanskrit, have won KLF Poetry Book of the Year Award 2020-21. www.abhayk.com

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