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Love, Loneliness and Life


Selected Poems of



Jagtar Malhi



Published by Jagtar Malhi at Smashwords

© Jagtar Malhi 2019



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About the Author


Jagtar Malhi was born in India, and has lived all his adult life in England. He served in the police service until his retirement; a job that he loved and at times loathed, but which allowed him to engage with a great diversity of human experience and explore a deeper understanding of life. He has always been a poet, writing and reciting poetry in his school and college days, and occasionally while doing his job. His love for trekking has taken him to the Himalayas, Andes, Africa and the mountains of Britain and Europe, and his poems reflect a composite personality of an explorer, love for life and nature and a diverse cultural experience.



-Love-


1-Souls and Sunflowers

2-Wings of Love

3-Beside her

4-The Touch

5-To a Friend

6-Love

7-Footsteps Down the Street

8-Aspiration



-Loneliness-

9-Apart

10 -An Empty Shell

11-Separation-18

12-Waiting On the Shore

13-Autumn



-Life-



14-Soliloquy of Holi

15-Lohri

16-Manali

17-A note to myself

18-Spare a Thought this Xmas

19 -Sexism



Love


Souls and Sunflowers


We are forever wandering souls

Seeking the nectar of love

Like silent cries of a withering rose

Hushed coos of the mourning dove



May the power of the universe

In the cosmic winds prevail

Clear the clouds of darkness

And reveal the coveted grail



The nature pours the nectar

In vessels willing to give

The sunflowers do know

To love, live, and let live



More bees they feed the nectar

More and more they thrive

And more honey is yielded

To fill another be-hive



With delight and open arms

They greet the nectar thieves

Until the last drop is stolen

And lost the petals and leaves



Every embrace of the thieves

The pollination booms

The sunflower lives on

In the core of thousand blooms



Wings of Love


Hey, lover, beware!

On the wings of love

Soaring up in the sky


The aerial display

Of your dancing heart

In the heavens so high


Lest the source of love

That fuels your flight

Should ever run dry


And desperate for landing

In desert never-ending

You seek passers-by



The wings of love

Belong to love that

You hold in your eye


A sight from another

A blessing and divine

Inspired through a sigh



Wings of love

Not for going solo, if

You happen to fly


And wings of love

Aren’t a featherbed

In which you do lie


Wings of love

Are in pairs of two

Invisible and shy


Wings of love

Hold you together

You laugh or cry


Wings of love

For the journey of life

In the wet or dry


Wrapping the moments

And sweet memories

Until you die



Beside Her

Stars in the sky

Shine brighter

When I am beside her



Air is soothing

Balmy and lighter

When I am beside her



Hungry for aroma

Roses want to bite her

When I am beside her


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