Poems from the Nilgiris
About the Author
Yash Muthanna considers herself fortunate for having been able to spend her life away from cities, surrounded by nature and books, which are not only her mainstay but also her husband’s, her children’s and her grandchildren’s. This collection of poems is the result of her lifelong love of words.
A Beautiful Country
Old age is a beautiful country, a different world,
a new universe; a sanctuary, the promised land.
I tumble into it reluctantly, but knowing in advance
the cosmic design; my body traces the charted path
following the sun’s heavenly arc.
In blind faith take one step at a time,
surefooted, keep time to the divine rhythm;
and arrive at the gate to the new land.
Bruised and aching from life’s journey,
I check my eager body at the threshold;
look back to ponder.
My footprints stretch glistening like a ribbon of water,
starting from the beginning,
dripping with love, pain and beauty,
a stream free-flowing, a tributary of something grand.
Suddenly I grasp the meaning, the magic of aging in nature,
the beauty of my last home and life’s romance with time.