Oh river of cosmos, eternal, immortal dignity!
Your ethereal flow bears the fruit of progeny,
you create, preserve, destroy, rebuild
transient ages in the timeless loop of universe.
Flickering amber lamp of life you light,
celestial powers in your gracious bosom reside.
You are the empress above the heavenly summit
dwelling on Earth's abode manifested in each being,
you nurture generations with motherly lullabies
you bend the bows of evil with your ferocious sword.
Oh Goddess! Torrents of wisdom and prosperity you pour
from sparkling oceans to azure twilight,
you drench with love this agitated world
when hope flutters in mists of consciousness.
Your selfless exuberance spreads sheltered arms of forgiveness,
haloed glittering incarnations of virtue for us
prevailing as Radha, Sita, Lakshmi, Mary, Durga, Kali, Athena,
for whom civilizations and Gods bow in ecstasy of salvation,
your greatness supreme permeates blending molecules.
Oh woman! Yet you embrace sacrifice and agony for humans
while your gossamer veil cuddles them with the elixir of compassion.
**Poet's Note: In Rigveda 10.125 verses, the Goddess Shakti is described as the supreme power of all cosmos that creates, sustains and rebirths the universe and Gods. Similar explanation for feminine divinity has been given by Lord Krishna in the Bhagwad Gita. The wonder of humanity is that such manifestations occur in other religions too.**
June 1st, 2020
BRIAN'S SELECT 8,any form,any theme Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Brian Strand
~Winner: Honorable Mention
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