All around the courtyard was a sleepy calm
Night had descended, like a dark-winged bird
Tired, the inhabitants slumbered but
One tiny window upstairs slid open
Noiselessly, she peered out and felt her heart quicken.
As she tied her hair in a hasty do
Nervous eyes darted like a deer
Too much to do, too little time!
Only if she could forget her fear!
Neatly, she filled her tray, then fled..the time was drawing near!
Alone, down the path that led to the river banks
No one to hear her bashful steps
The full-moon smiled demurely at her
“Oh, hide your light!”She prayed with a sigh
Now she knew she was close, for the ‘Yamuna’ flowed peacefully by..
Amidst the dark and twinkling fireflies
Now rose a tremor, he knew she’d come
The treacherous flute, it kissed his lips
One ethereal tune, his flute now trilled
Nymph-like, her being throbbed to his beat
Arrested by his allure, she had not seen
Naughty glimmer in his eyes
Taking a handful of the colours on her tray
Outdid her by smearing them on her face
Nearing her, he held her in his embrace.
Thus played the divine and the devoted
Colouring each other with the shades of love and adulation
As the peacock-feathered lad threw the colours at her
Radha’s heart sang for joy and the Universe watched in silent admiration!
So this ‘Holi’, my prayer be
In the colours you love, come… colour me!