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Dead tired on journey of life 

The body rests in silence; in peace;

Beyond the door of death

Soul has a retreat into Eternity

From the chamber of flesh and blood.

Released fine, refined, purged off dirges

Soul sees another Life 

With eternal force, in infinite flow

Of blissful moments 

With no time-space continuum

In celestial realm of primordial Energy 

Where all merge

Finally as, into, and with One–

The cosmic Divine source.

Life and death are just two dots

Connected with a rope

Of love, humanity and peace;

In between lies man’s perennial striving

Out of mundane struggles of hell

To become the total man —

From a human being to being human(e)

That unlocks the door to Heaven!

Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar is a trilingual poet (Maithili, Hindi and English), short story writer, critic and reviewer, based in Kolkata. He is regularly published in various national and international magazines, both printed and online. His poetry springs straight from heart and mind as unification of sensibility. He uses catchy lines, expressions and images. In his poetry, social issues, romance and love are tackled with equal passion. Resonant with profound spirituality and intricate mysticism his poems are stunning and enlightening, buoyant sometimes and intense at other times and always have a deep meaning beautiful enough to touch hearts of avid readers. One of his poems on Nelson Mandela is included in the academic syllabus prescribed for the school students of Philippines.

Soothing Serenades: Straight From  the Heart is his first volume of poems and another one is in the pipeline. He is also a contributor to journals like The Criterion: An International Journal in English, IJML (International Journal On Multicultural Literature),  The Anvil (Forum of Literature & Academic Research in English) and Harvests of New Millennium, The Interiors, Taj Mahal Review, IJES (The Indian Journal of  English Studies). He is also a part of several anthologies like ‘Epitaphs’, Purple Hues”, “Whispering Winds”, “Just For You, My Love”, “Heavenly Hymns”, ‘I Am a Woman”, “The Significant Anthology”, “Umbilical Cords”, “A- Divine-Madness” (Five Volumes), “Poetic Prism” – 2015 & 16, “Searching For Sublime” (Australian-Indo Poetry), “She the Shakti”, “Whispering Heart”etc.

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