Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy (India)

Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy (India)
Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy, a senior ex-banker and a former urban governance consultant, is currently an Advisory Panel Member, ISISAR, Kolkata, India and the Editorial Counselor-India, International Writers’ Journal, USA. Her maiden poetry collection ‘P-En-Chants’ has been recognized as a Unique Record of Excellence by the India Book of Records, for never-before-attempted movie reviews and management topics in rhyming poetry. A recipient of several awards, Paddy has compiled and edited 6 international multilingual poetry anthologies of which ‘Amaravati Poetic Prism’ 2016 to 2019 have been recognized by the Limca Book of Records (published by Coca Cola India) as “Poetry Anthology in Most Languages”. Her poems, short stories, some of them prize winners, and articles have been published in various international anthologies, print journals and e-zines.
The deeper I delve into the mysteries of the sea,
The more it opens up its hidden treasures to me.
The deeper I delve into the depths of my heart,
The further it makes me an inner journey chart.
The deeper I delve into the recesses of my mind,
The greater am I led to discoveries of a new kind.
Waves after waves keep emerging from the sea,
That keep hitting the shore with a nonstop glee.
My heart is a melting pot of feelings sizzling intensely.
My mind is a beehive of thoughts buzzing constantly.
Hitting waves, sizzling feelings and buzzing thoughts,
Are incessant and also keep tying themselves in knots.
I sit on the seashore watching the waves rising and falling.
I sense my heart and mind yearning for an unusual calling.
Consuming desire
Raging like a fire
Engulfing everything
Charts its own course
Consuming desire
All pervading
Over powering
Treads its own path.
Consuming desire
Charging ahead
Raw and unabated
Evades a closure
Consuming desire
Burning and scalding
Refuses to diffuse
Consuming desire
Flashy and blinding
Painful and grinding
Follows its own destiny
Where is peace to be found?
In this world that’s round,
I end up where I started;
Another attempt thwarted!
I search for peace within
Amidst restlessness and din
Of disappointments and chaos
Of so much sorrow and pathos.
I searched for peace everywhere
But just couldn’t find it anywhere;
Within me, outside of me,
No, peace was not to be …
Then I saw the smile of a child –
Innocent, guileless and so mild!
I looked up at the vast blue sky
And birds flying freely and high.
That’s when I felt peace descend
Within my being slowly, gradually …
The child’s smile, the vast blue sky,
And chirping birds – all real, no lie!
Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy,
Secunderabad, Telangana, India

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