Thursday 19 October 2017

Oh My Diwali!

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They blamed me and said things are not fine.
Just because I was dark, the night was dark too.
I thought - can't they see the extra stars shine?
To brighten up the night, don't they have any clue?

Waxing & waning is my nature; always been so!
Why so many people are complaining tonight?
What's so special that they want me to glow?
Why this demand to view my form that's bright?
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On Amavasya (New Moon night), I'm the Dark Moon.
This truth has been accepted for centuries by all.
My Purnima (Full Moon) oomph makes all swoon,
But, I work as per nature; extra light I can't install!

Their beloved King and Queen were returning home,
With the King's brother, after serving 14 years of exile!
The public planned a grand celebration to welcome!
They wanted to greet them in style & make them smile!
My darkness was an issue, but that was all I could share.
The public got innovative & there was the first 'Diwali'!
They lit hundreds of lamps that night; it's still an annual-affair!
Every home still participates in the grand celebration happily!

I often think that had I not been the way I'm & have been;
My Dark-Moon, New-Moon self, changing the way it does;
Would the 'Festival of Lights' in this world ever be born/seen?
Would they think of lighting lamps & illuminating without a fuss?

What do you feel? Would the first Diwali be celebrated had it been a Full Moon Night? Do share your comments below.
Diwali or Deepavali is the 'Festival of Lights' that is celebrated on Kartika Amavasya. People light earthen lamps and candles and decorate their homes with electric lights. Though Diwali was first celebrated in Ayodhya, India, to welcome the Lanka-returned Shri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman (as per belief), it's celebrated worldwide now.
Today is Diwali.
Happy Diwali to you and your family
May the glow of joy, peace, prosperity and good fortune illuminate your life and your home!

Linking with Poets United- Dark Moon, New Moon, 
ABC Wednesday- O for Oh, Often, Oomph
dVerse Poets- Autumn reminds me of Diwali
& Indispire#191


  1. Thank you for your poem which has helped me to understand the origins of Diwali, Your question at the end is an interesting one.

  2. Diwali must be wonderful, with all the flickering candles. I enjoyed reading your poem, and the lunar conversation. Humans are never satisfied, it seems. Smiles.

  3. Great to read. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali.

  4. Fun poem! Even the moon likes an earthly festival. And I love the moon's phases.

  5. A sparkling Diwali poem! Thanks for joining us! Wishing you a wonderful Diwali.

  6. Happy Diwali! It is still dark at night even with a full moon.

  7. Thank you for writing about Diwali. I enjoyed this.

  8. A delightful personification! Happy Diwali to you and yours, Anita :)

  9. The dark night is the perfect backdrop for the diyas to burn bright.

  10. A fascinating insight into the origins of this festival.

  11. Such a wonderfully charming write, Anita ❤️ Wishing you Happy Diwali! ❤️

  12. Oh wonderful poem Nice to learn more about Diwali We celebrate it here in Christchurch today as well. Happy Diwali

  13. Blogging is that the new poetry. I notice it terrific and wonderful in some ways.

  14. Beautiful ! Enjoy your festival of lights!

  15. The essence of Diwali is so beautifully amalgamated in this poem. Loved it to the core :)


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