Friday, July 18, 2014

Universe--By Ranu Uniyal--India


Because the steady drops have no water
To quench this aching fire
I prefer to be without.

Because they have always held it against me
This weakness for you
I prefer to be distant.

Because the space between us is happy
No matter what the earth does to the sea
I prefer to wait.

Because no one can whip and destroy
Stretches of love that winds blow
I prefer to pray.

(Published in Ranu’s first collection Across the Divide, 2006)

Ranu Uniyal lives in Lucknow, India. Poetry keeps her going and is as much a part of her life as her love for humanity. She is a Professor of English at Lucknow University. She has two books of poems: Across the Divide and December Poems to her credit.


  1. Ranu, your poem is very lovely and speaks of a certain, depthful balance that is totally felt individually! That individual balance makes this world the closest it will ever be to perfection. With all the imbalance on the news and in our world, it throws all that balance off kilter and makes everyone uneasy. Yes, for sure, "no one can whip or destroy the stretches of love the winds blow" - how beautiful is that? And, yes, in the finality, prayer is the final touch of that love Thank you for the privilege of reading your awesome work and thank you to Whispers for the graciously allowing us to read you! Sheri /

    1. Thank you Sheri for a warm response to my poem. Yes Prayer is the final touch. Well expressed.

  2. Dear Ranu, Your poem is well written and I can truly relate to the message. I have friends and family members whom I love, but we get along better when there is distance between us. A very touching and meaningful poem! Love, Carolyn

  3. Hi Ranu. I am captivated by "Universe," especially the third stanza. This was well written and captures so much in a small amount. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  4. Dear Carolyn and Maurice, I am delighted to read your response. Yes love keeps us going. Thank you.

  5. Dear Ranu,

    I enjoyed reading your thoughtful poem that is filled with meaning about love, sacrifice and faith in the "universe". I loved the line; "stretches of love that winds blow" very nicely written and thank you for sharing your poetry with us.


  6. Dear Sandra, your words inspire me.

  7. Hi Ranu! This is a sort of give and take affair...sweet and sour. The last stanza wraps it all up. Much enjoyed. // paul

  8. Thank you Paul for sparing your time to read and appreciate the poem. Warm wishes