You Announce Your Arrival



You Announce Your Arrival
*K L Chowdhury

When I recalled your promise

from the memory of earlier lives

to be born as my offspring

again and again,

I wondered

how long I would have to wait,

fasting, worshipping, observing vows,

listening patiently to doctor and saint,

and praying fervently with folded hands

for you to re-incarnate.

Waiting patiently

for what looked like an eternity

I hardly realised

that I was blessed

and you had quietly settled

here inside me,

till those tell-tale signs -

the changing moods,

the gentle twinges of sweet pain,

an appetite playing hide and seek,

a desire to rest and to sleep,

and so many dreams of my little one -

caught up with me

and proudly announced your arrival.

(From “Enchanting World of Infants”)

*Dr. K L Chowdhury Dr. K L Chowdhury retired as a Professor of Medicine, Medical College, Srinagar. Presently he is the Director of a charitable institution, Shriya Bhatt Mission Hospital and Research Center, Durga Nagar, Jammu.
He is a physician and neurologist, a medical researcher, poet, social activist. He writes on diverse subjects – medical, literary, social and political and has numerous research papers to his credit, his pioneering work being “The Health Trauma in a Displaced Population” which was presented at national and international conferences.
He has published three anthologies namely:
1- “Of Gods, Men and Militants”. Minerva Press (Pvt.) India -2000
2- “A Thousand-Petalled Garland and other Poems”. Writers Workshop Kolkata – 2003
3- “Enchanting world of Infants” Peacock Books, Atlantic Publishers and Distributors-2007
He was declared Shehjar's ' Kashmiri Person of the year ' for 2007.
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