A Beautiful Pain

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iUniverse, May 24, 2012 - Poetry - 88 pages
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In the varied concatenation of life’s experiences lies its essence–a journey full of joy and pain. Man comes with pristine qualities of truthfulness, simplicity, and the wonder of nature. In his birth lies his religion. It is his passage through the world that is often full of struggle; in response, he looks for a God to help him.

A Beautiful Pain presents a collection of poems ruminating on joy, beauty, and the wonder of life. Meditating on life’s meaning, it explores the range of human emotions, from the pain of first heartbreak to a study of the quintessence of inner luminosity. Poet Maharaj Kaul searches for the truth of life in this collection, which like life itself is multi-faceted and has a few grand themes running through it.

There is a road in front of us smoother than any highway we have seen,
There is music beckoning us more rapturous than we have ever heard,
There is faith in us stronger than a million facts we have known,
There is a light within us more luminous than the thousand exploding suns,
We were born with a spirit thirsting for the infinite.

 —from “Quintessence of Inner Luminosity”

 

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Contents

A Moment In Time
1
Where Two Rivers Converge
2
The First Heartbreak
4
Not Enough
6
I Walk Alone Toward The Crimson Horizon
8
Quintessence Of Inner Luminosity
12
Dreams Of A Rebirth
13
Last Day In The World
15
Two Flowers On An Unknown Poets Grave
42
Enigma Of Tomorrow
43
Dreams Of A New Spring
44
I Have Nothing
45
Suzanne Does Not Live Here Anymore
47
Two New Flowers Have Blossomed In Our Garden
49
In The Realm Of Sleep
50
Dance At Howards Creek
51

Cynthias Choice
18
Two Marigolds For Cathy
19
The Marred Glow Of Our Love
20
00 PM
23
Endless Weekend
24
Torment Of A Sleepless Night
25
Rendezvous At The Mall
26
In The Trenches Of Love
28
Walking Beyond The Bend Of Time
29
A Silent Dream
31
Impropriety Of My Love
32
Catharsis Of An Evening
33
Lets Forget We Ever Met
35
Where Light Touches The Land
36
A Deserted Door At The End Of A Lonely Lane
37
You Ask Me Who Is My God?
38
Look At The Mountain
40
The Little Hut Across The River
41
Ashes Of A Bonfire
52
Intimations Of Spring
53
A Mile Away From Home
54
Crossing Eternity Bridge
56
When She Was Good
58
Aspects Of Life
59
As Life Passed
61
Death And Rebirth Of KOA
63
A Tryst At Nishat Bagh
65
Aura Of Mystery At Pari Mahal
67
Pensive Moments At Shalimar Bagh
69
Blood And Tears At Fateh Kadal
71
I Dont Want The World To Forget Me So Soon
74
Who Am I?
75
Kashmirs Soul Under Pressure
76
Sorrow Of Unrequited Love
77
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