I AM NO ONE AMONG MY OWN !
Come to my city where none knows you
No point of living where we are aliens
Return my precious moments treasured
Come to my eyes & make me cry a little
All our dreams have become ruins only
The one you have lost was never yours
It was more a loss than a victory ever
How much would you make me cry
Today or tomorrow , come to my city
Where I am no one among my own .
©®Dr Prasana Kumar Dalai @ India.
MY POEM REVIEWED BY RAJ KISHORE PATNAIK.
Dr Prasana Kumar Dalai
Dr. Prasana Kumar Dalai’s poem, titled “I AM NO ONE AMONG MY OWN,” is a deeply evocative and emotional reflection on the theme of belonging and estrangement. In just a few lines, Dalai manages to convey a profound sense of alienation and loss that strikes a chord with the reader.
The poem opens with a powerful invitation, “Come to my city where none knows you.” This immediately sets the tone for a narrative of feeling like a stranger in one’s own surroundings. The notion of anonymity in a familiar place is a universal experience that many can relate to. The city, which should be a haven of familiarity, becomes a place of isolation and estrangement.
The lines, “No point of living where we are aliens,” succinctly capture the essence of the poem. They emphasize the feeling of pointlessness in living in a place where one is considered an outsider, where every moment is marked by a lack of connection and understanding. This sense of being an “alien” in one’s own environment is a powerful and relatable theme.
Dalai’s poem delves deeper into the pain of lost moments and broken dreams. He implores, “Return my precious moments treasured,” indicating a longing for a return to a time when things were different. The request, “Come to my eyes & make me cry a little,” highlights the emotional turmoil within the speaker, suggesting that crying may be a way to release the pent-up emotions of feeling like an outsider.
“All our dreams have become ruins only” is a powerful metaphor for the shattered hopes and aspirations of the speaker. It reflects the idea that the city, once filled with promise, has become a place where dreams are unfulfilled and broken. The poem resonates with the universal feeling of disillusionment when expectations are not met.
The lines, “The one you have lost was never yours; It was more a loss than a victory ever,” invite reflection on the nature of loss and attachment. They suggest that what was lost may have never truly belonged to the speaker, and in losing it, the speaker may have gained a deeper understanding or wisdom.
The poignant question, “How much would you make me cry,” speaks to the ongoing pain and uncertainty of the speaker’s situation. It implies that the speaker is willing to endure more suffering in the hope of finding resolution or closure.
The poem concludes with a haunting invitation, “Today or tomorrow, come to my city, Where I am no one among my own.” This final plea reinforces the core theme of the poem—the profound sense of alienation within the speaker’s own city. It is a powerful statement of longing and displacement, resonating with anyone who has experienced the feeling of not belonging.
In conclusion, Dr. Prasana Kumar Dalai’s poem is a masterful exploration of the theme of alienation and loss. In just a few lines, he manages to convey a depth of emotion and a sense of universal experience that is both relatable and deeply moving. The poem’s evocative language and imagery create a vivid and haunting narrative that leaves a lasting impression on the reader. Dalai’s contribution to English literature is commendable, and this poem is a testament to his skill in capturing complex human emotions in concise and powerful verses. Congratulations to Dr. Prasana Kumar Dalai for his remarkable work in the realm of poetry
RAJ KISHOR PATTNAIK .