Sunday, April 14, 2013

My First Publication in Miracle E-zine

Today is a great day for me. My poem The Great Mansion is published in fifth issue of Miracle E-zine. This is my first international foot print. Wohooo! This has made my work known globally. 

Link to read the issue: Miracle E-zine: Issue Five, April 2013. This magazine is currently for sale. Click 'Preview' and turn to Page 5, you will see my name listed under Poetry. Click here to go to Miracle e-zine

Here is how it all started. Two months ago, Melissa Fry Beasley, editor at Churn Magazine, contacted me when she visited my blog. She is already a published poet. Her first words of encouragement were:
Your poems are good enough to get them published in poetry magazines 
and gave me a long list of websites, which are essentially online magazines/journals looking for poetry submissions in their upcoming issues. And I also wanted a greater audience for my work to be showcased. Her words drove me to start looking into the sites right away. So I am indebted to her forever. I would have never known about this publishing world (apart from my blog) if she hadn't contacted me.

Most of the online magazines (e-zines) don't accept previously published work. So I searched hard for magazines which considers them. I read submission guidelines of each of the sites that showed up in search results. And then there was this Miracle E-zine. It accepted previously published work. So I wasted no time is submitting four of my poems. I wasn't too hopeful about my poems getting accepted but it was worth a shot. I got a reply from the editor a week later saying:
Thank you for sending your work to our magazine. I was really pleased to read your work and "The Great Mansion" has been put up on the short list for the magazine's fifth issue which will come in April
I was overwhelmed by this reply. I kept my fingers crossed. On 31st March, I got another reply congratulating me that my poem has made it to the final list and is selected to be published in the fifth issue of the magazine. I screamed with great joy! I called up my family and friends to share this news. And now that its finally out, I thank you so much for your support and inspiration in keeping me going in delivering better.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Light of Hope

Out of a dreadful nightmare, I woke up suddenly
There was nothing but darkness around me
"Hello? Anyone here?" I cried out loudly
Although I knew there was no life in my vicinity

Sitting all alone in a place entirely unknown

I am gasping for air, it’s getting hard to breathe
In appalling fear my mind is slowly getting blown
In bits and pieces which I am unable to concede

It’s so pitch dark I haven't a clue of where I am

It may be a room or a monstrous dungeon
Or the deepest hole on earth which is damned
Or have my eyes gone blind by lethal poison?

How long I have been suffering here, I don't know

I am not aware of what time it is - day or night
Why on earth am I thrown here, so down below
In this death hole without slightest pity so outright?

My memory is erased but not completely

It is making me recollect only my sinful nature
Oh Lord, please have some mercy on me
Give me a quick death instead of this torture

Along with the pain, I am seeing something up in the sky

Hazy images of my immoral acts flashed my mind's eye
Those tormenting pictures brutally jabbed my eyes
Darkness favored me to witness my sins, increasing my cries

There is not a drop of tear coming out when I try to cry

Instead my eyes burn when I think of my heinous sins -
I shamelessly committed which took many, many lives
Thus I deserve to be in this gloomy hollow; I am rightfully in

Then I felt a gentle breeze in my hair, I lifted my head up

Was that the smell of freedom or am I lost in dreaming?
There it is! I saw a gleaming dot; The Light of Hope
Thank you God for showing the way out of this suffering

I got up, but my weak legs aren't allowing me to stand

With that vivid light in sight, a new life gave birth inside me
I stumbled and fell down, this last pain I have to withstand
And start crawling toward the only hope I could see

I began walking slowly placing one step after another

Without losing sight of that faint glow of light I gained
Thankfully that graceful speck is growing bigger and bigger
I ran as fast as I could to escape but I fell down again

On the way, my mind reminds me of everyone I abandoned -

Ruthlessly; so for now I cannot give up my only goal -
Of begging for mercy; I must endure for my sins to be forsaken
I will make it; it’s far but not far away; life’s just taking its toll

As I see the rays at my feet, it’s erasing my disgrace

Since I am about to enter that enlightening space
My eyes are glaring jubilantly with confidence
Making me wear a beaming smile of benevolence

The glimmering spot is now a giant ball of glow

My eyes are pierced by its first rays of light
I shut them hard; it is out of pain I must undergo
As I haven't seen this blessing on me so bright

At last I am out and into the lamp I stepped in

It wasn't a surprise to see the burning of my dead skin
"Yes! I am free!" I shouted with a voice of great relief
Seeing my tear drops at my feet was hard to believe

Now that I have realized the reasons of my incineration

The unwavering dot was the only thing that offered salvation
This light has now made me follow path of self righteousness
To work for well being of all mankind begging forgiveness