Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Poet of the Month--Angelee Deodhar

Double Helix

By Angelee Deodhar

Now a housewife, once a surgeon
a template for the DNA chain
like the double helix of her being
she’s reduced to wearing latex gloves
only while housecleaning every week
meticulously she dons cap, mask, apron

on a trolley arranged with surgical precision
lie her gloves, brushes, dusters, solutions
she drapes furniture with sheets of cotton
then pulls on her gloves tightens them
her size a neat seven

she prepares the area to be cleaned
with a weak Savlon solution
swabs it as she would an abdomen
in précis deft strokes
from above below left to right
never using an extra movement

and just as she had once done in the OR
she keeps soft music on – Strauss, Vivaldi
she wonders if now her DNA double helix
carries two genes
one for housewife one for surgeon

squeeze-drying the mop each time
she scrubs the floor surgically clean
removes the trolley
absently counting her instruments
removes gloves, cap, mask, apron
the overshoes

washes off the excess powder
from her hands and creams them
looking at them critically thrombosed
blue-veined yet soft supple
she warms them with her mug of coffee
and then takes up her pen
to write a poem.
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From the editor--It is an honor to announce that Angelee Deodhar is December’s Poet of the Month. Dr. Deodhar is an award winning writer who has been published in a variety of venues. Angelee is a gifted eye surgeon, editor, translator and artist as well.  Readers at Whispers relate to her powerful and creative poetry. She has been an encouraging voice at our online journal and regularly enhances contributors’ poetry with artwork which are such gifts to receive. Angelee promotes Whispers, which has led to new writers joining our poetry community. She has collaborated with another writer on a poem that was featured at Whispers. It is a pleasure to present Angelee with this honor!
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Thoughts on “Double Helix”—Intrigued by the title, this poem captured my attention right away. It was a privilege to share in this powerful journey of loss and transition. Having to give up my own nursing career, I found aspects of myself in her words. This is such a heartfelt piece. Angelee’s multi-sense imagery and actions forward her message in a dynamic way. In the end we are given the gift of hope, as she begins a new avenue to share her gifts.
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Congratulations and thank you Angelee!  I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.

Sincerely,

Karen O’Leary, Editor

57 comments:

  1. Ab love it!
    Thanks Angelee and Karen
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  2. You are so very SUPER talented, Angelee!

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  3. Angelee,
    A beautiful poem. Congratulations on your being chosen for this honor!
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

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  4. Multifaceted example of a human being, she ends, or better, continues applying her talents in what on Whispers we love more - the old, pure, candid and, in her case, fine poetry. We love to read your poem, Angelee Deodhar!

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  5. Thank you, Marianne Szlyk, for the following--

    It's wonderful to see that Angelee is Poet of the Month at Whispers, Karen. I really enjoyed it as well. Angelee truly is multi-talented, and she is an advocate for haiku and haibun!

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    1. Dear Karen,and my dear family of poets,at the Whispers in the Wind ,Thank you all for your loving kindness in taking a moment to comment on this autobiographical poem.I am fortunate to have your generous encouragement.May God bless you ,love and light,angelee

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    2. Angelee, your poem reminded me that all actions are part of the one: whether housewife, surgeon, student, or writer, all is part of the divine flow. Thank you for illustrating it so well.

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  6. Thank you, everyone, for these congratulations to our talented and generous writing friend. Angelee, you are such a light in the writing community. What a gift to be able to honor you in this way!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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    1. I would add that Angelee should be Poet of the Year. She is an advocate not only for haiku and haibun (as I said to you, Karen) but also for poetry in general. Hooray for Angelee!

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    2. Oh my goodness,Marianne my head is so swollen I cant get in the door,thank you for your kind words,love angelee

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  7. A beautiful gift to be a surgeon and a gifted house cleaner who writes beautiful poems.congratulations

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    1. Thank you dear friend very grateful for your kind words ,love and light angelee

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  8. Congratulations to the Poet of the Year --Yes, Marianne, Angelee is all of this and more. She is not only a fine, fine poet, artist, Doctor, translator but one of the most loving and generous human beings I have ever known. She is compassionate and filled with humor too. Her kindness knows no bounds and I say this from experience. it is an honor to be able to write and say I honor your poetry and I honor you.

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    1. Jo you are so kind and a kindrd spirit thank you so much,love and light angelee

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  9. Your talent is indeed evident in this wonderful creative piece Angelee. I hope to read more of your work. Big congratulations on being honored with Poet of the Month. A very deserving tribute. I would like to wish you a Mele Kalikimaka! Aloha, Connie

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESeOeSUXD-Iv=jfc0NRj1NMA
      Mele Kalikimaka (Bette Midler cover by LOVE AND LET LOVE)
      Thnks Connie dear am listening to this as I write love and light angelee

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    1. Thank you so much Carl ,I am honoured to be a member of the VerseWrights family too,best always,angelee

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  11. Absolutely brilliant!! Loved reading this one :)

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    1. Thank you dear Yesha very kind of you to write,best always angelee

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  12. I am delighted with the idea, the progression of thoughts, the choice of words and their cadence, the imagery. The last line evokes images of changing seasons, and the yearning felt at each turn. A wonderful creation aptly appreciated and honored.

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  13. I am delighted with the idea, the progression of thoughts, the choice of words and their cadence, the imagery. The last line evokes images of changing seasons, and the yearning felt at each turn. A wonderful creation aptly appreciated and honored.

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    1. Thank you Arun,Your kind words are very encouraging indeed.With best wishes,angelee

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  14. Congratulations ! For the lovely poem and for being the poet of the month ! Well deserved ! The poem is poignant and beautifully portrays the predicament of so many of us !

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    1. Thank you dear Arvinder very kind of you to write ,love and light angelee

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  15. Congratulations, this is a wonderful poem

    keep it up

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    1. Thank you Subilaga best wishes angelee

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  16. Congratulations Angelee for the poet of the month award. A lovely poem.

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    1. Thank you Ranu very kind of you to write best wishes,angelee

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  17. The poem is indeed suerb, both in content and form. The honour is well deserved. Congrats, friend

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    1. Thank you Prof R.K.Singh coming from you this is very encouraging indeed,best always,angelee

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    1. Thanks John very kind of you to comment ,love angelee

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  19. I have known Angelee as a friend, philosopher, guide for many years and I am so excited that she has been chosen Poet of the Month. She is such an amazing person too, warm and welcoming of new writers and their experiments, while helping them find their way in the world of haiku & haibun.

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    1. Angelee,

      To become a wife and then a mother laying aside what one once was or working in between the two professions is not an easy task..Only a very strong person can do all the outfits and hats that are required..I enjoyed reading your work..Emily Dickenson wrote one years ago that always sticks in my memory..

      Sara

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    2. Thank you Sara dear for your kind words,bless you,angelee

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  20. Congratulations mom! This is wonderful, really proud of you! :)

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  21. Love the poem, Angelee! Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

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    1. Thank you Penny dear,Your words are precious to me,love and light,angelee

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  22. Dear Karen, thank you so much for your kind honour , appreciating and displaying my work,your encouragement means a lot to me.
    love and light angelee

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  23. Congratulations on your wonderful poem & bring poet of the month. I have enjoyed your work very much on Whispers and look forward to seeing more in the future.

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  24. Congratulations on lovely poem and being poet of the month! Very interesting to read, wonderful imagery. I enjoyed your poem!

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  25. A very engaging composition. Is there a concluding line? The poem does begin somewhere in time but continues to unfold its charm, transcending the timelines. This word painting draws one to itself again and again and yet again

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  26. Angelee, my friend, you so deserve this (and many more) forms of positive recognition! best to you this (and all) seasons!

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  27. Congratulations, Angelee!From what I have read about you I am convinced that this honour fits you perfectly. I enjoyed this creative poem; it is not easy to pass from one career to another, but yours appears to be quite a smooth transition!~ Wishing you all the best. // paul

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  28. Congratulations Angelee, on this much deserved honour. Having known you for your haiku (which have the deft strokes of a painter and the keen eyes of someone in touch with her inner self) and haibun (gentle and yet cutting straight to the point like a surgeon's precise slash), this poem came as a pleasant surprise. Lovely work.

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  29. Thank you, Aju, for the following--

    Please convey my hearty congratulations to Angelee Deodhar.

    Regards,

    Aju Mukhopadhyay, Poet, Critic and Author

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  30. Thank you, Carolyn, for the following--

    Wow, Karen. I read the poem, and loved it. Wanted to respond, but didn't see the directions.

    Carolyn Noah Graetz in New Orleans

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  31. Thank you, Isha, for the following--

    I find this poem makes me smile so much as I cannot imagine cleaning my house so meticulously; therefore it is indeed admirable for Angelee to follow in her own footsteps as a surgeon which most assuredly gave all patients in her care undergoing surgery the comfortable knowledge that every care was taken.

    Yours sincerely
    Isha Wagner

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  32. Well done Angelee, it's great poem and reflects how you have captured life's transitions in a great way. I like the flow, pace and rhyme. Thank you for sharing it. Take care.

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  33. Wow! This is indeed beautiful. Congratulations. You deserve it.

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  34. Thank you, Dr.Satish Shirali, for the following--

    "Very touching composition. Congratulations Angelee, for the well deserved honor."

    The piece is superb and congratulations for the recognition.

    Best regards,
    Satish

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  35. Congratulations Angelee, what a great poem Double Helix is!

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  36. Thank you, Yu Chang, for the following--

    Congratulations! Enjoyed the poem very much!

    All my best wishes,
    Yu

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  37. Angelee, this is wonderful! Thank you for picking up the pen, thank you for writing. - Laura M Kaminski

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  38. Congratulations Angelee. What an honor and your are truly deserving. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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