Here are two poems of Lily. The first one Maya is a tongue-in- cheek view of the various illusions of life. Her second poem, The Backwaters, transports us to beauteous Kerala.
Ice freezing, hair turning grey
Music fades, lights dim away
Time again for Wolves to bay
You were dearer my dear in May
My heart sang like the Blue Jay
Shikaaras, gondolas all the way
The bells are ringing
Church steeples merry
No time for thinking
No bodies to bury!
Notes: Maya: Illusion, a concept propounded by Adi Shankracharya
Shikaaras: Houseboats on Dal Lake, Kashmir
Droplets of dew
Sparkling and twinkling
Dancing the Kathak
Glimmering and shimmering
Balancing on tip toes
Whirling and twirling
Banana leaves are the dance floor
Shimmering rays the flood lights
Kathakali of masked performers
The dewdrop glistens, the dewdrop glides
Palm fronds fanning, the backwaters of life
Note: Kathak: North Indian classical dance form
Kathakali: Classical dance form of Kerala
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Lily Swarn won the Reuel International Prize for Poetry 2016, Global Poet of Peace and Universal Love, Global Icon of Peace from Nigeria, Virtuoso Award and Woman of Substance. A postgraduate in English from Panjab University, she taught at Sacred Heart College, Dalhousie. A gold medallist for Best All-round Student from GCG Chandigarh, she has University Colours for Dramatics. Widely published and interviewed, she authored, A Trellis of Ecstasy and Lilies of the Valley.