On a lifeboat to the moon
(#CeWoPOWriMoWE prompt – Lifeboat to the Moon, 2022)
Leaps of Faith, Oil on canvas, 2003, Smeetha Bhoumik
I have my arms around a kitten One arm to be precise The other clutching A hand held gizmo That promises to show some of the way A maze of falling stars And disappearing planets All around, It's purple sky. Oh, how our own almost vanished Overnight! Looking down I see chaos unfolding - Oceans, up in arms, Mountains in tilt Theatrical sets of earth's greatest powers Flagged red, It was kind of the moon to Send a boat out for us, and Just in time. Who would have thought The silvern twinkle Has such a kindly heart...? But then, It's got a bird's eye view for centuries Oh, More - for aeons...since the beginning of time It's watched out for us. It's sort of dreamy and slow An unlikely passage, Like miracles of light sculpted, & Set to music; If you know how to look, Figures appear And you want to wave and run and shout Jump in joy...but words don't carry here... I'm holding onto the kitten And the gizmo For dear life, But heck, i just remembered I'm a sky-being now... No need for fright It is 3033, and i am Back home To the moon, It's soft, slow mellow light... April 6, 2022
Smeetha Bhoumik is an artist, editor, poet, founder – Women Empowered (WE) Literary Community, 2016, and founding editor Yugen Quest Review, 2021. She is the author of poetry collections – Where I Belong -Moments, Mist & Song (2019), Return to Love – The Point of Poetry (2021), and Chief Editor of Equiverse Space -A Sound Home In Words (2018). Her poems feature in national and international journals and anthologies. In art, her favourite theme is The Universe Series in oils depicting galaxies, star forming regions, mysterious energies of the universe. Her work has exhibited in India and abroad, notably at the Red Dot Miami, 2015, Oxford International Art Fair 2014, 2015, Parallax, London, 2013, Jehangir Art Gallery 2010, Academy of Fine Art, Kolkata 2011, 2012, Barcelona International Art Fair, 2014, in ten solo and forty five group shows. Smeetha believes in creativity, equality and endorses a spirit of collaboration.