कली मेरी संतान

ओस की बूँद पर,
स्पर्श सूरज की पहली किरण |
सज्ज उठी प्यारी सी कली,
इस रंग भरी ओस से ||

है सीना तान के,
आँच न आने देती, लड़ती वो हर तूफान ||
लगाए उसे छाती पर,
पोषण देती अपने खून से,
कहती यह मेरी संतान ||

फैलाओ अपनी बाहें ‘ओ इंद्रधनुष,
नाचे तितली, गाए मेरी सखी |
नमन करती मैं निर्मिति को,
“सुन वायु, ओ मेरी धारा,
मैं धरती, करती विन्नति,
बरसो आसीस इस कली पर
यह मेरी संतान, यह मेरी सन्तान ||”

जन्मे तू मेरी कोख से
या उज्ज्वल करे किसी का आँगन,
मैं तेरी माता, तू मेरी संतान |
मैं तेरी माता, तू मेरी संतान ||

Poet’s Interpretation: I attended a poetry session with a group called Book Exchange Group – Mumbai. I learnt it’s good to provide the poet’s interpretation for the reader to connect his thoughts with that of the poet’s. So here it goes:

Kali Meri Santaan – is about a Mother, the Earth, looking after her child like a flower bud – Kali.
A mother fights the odds, protects her child – “आँच न आने देती, लड़ती वो हर तूफान ||”
She feeds her child her blood in the form of breast milk – “पोषण देती अपने खून से”. The purity of mother’s love is defined in her prayers, here she calls vaayu and dhaara to bless her child. The unconditional love of a mother is portrayed in the last stanza where she says, ‘Even if you are not born in my womb, even if I have adopted you from someone else’s, I am your mother, you are my child’.

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