Updated: Jun 8
A Walk in Paradise is a collection of ten poems from Santhosh Annabattula on the topics of death, downfall, duty, faith, hope, liberty, love, revolution, society, & soul. Explore his verses while relishing the essence in them.
This anthology is photographed by Pankaj Tottada.
This anthology is available in paperback & ebook.
Describing the mental pain of a man seeking eternal peace, poet Santhosh Annabattula crafts his verses writing the thoughts of a fallen spirit filled with sorrow.
“Abstract Pain” is a paradox stating that the pain within our minds is an abstract entity that could be eliminated even if our spirits are broken.
I stand on the threshold of pain
With the autumn rain for tears
Eyes behold the blurred horizon
In all its shades of grey
Days dissolve into oblivion
Time flies past in disdain
People move like puppets
Tied by strings of callousness
All that was once beautiful
Is buried under the ages
As the world crumbles inside
Shattering the wounded soul
Empty spaces grow everywhere
Bred by the seeds of isolation
Memories freeze the heart
Draining the last traces of hope
I stand on the threshold of pain
When nature sings in lament
I let go of my senses
And wait to embrace death.
Narrating the story of a lonely flower hoping to find a companion, poet Santhosh Annabattula writes about how the flower found his lover. However, as nature dictates, happiness is short-lived as his lover leaves soaring into the skies.
In a tragic yet poetic way, the poem “Au Revoir” masterfully talks about how a lonely soul couldn’t resist but seek his lover throughout the final stage of his life.
Once there was a flower
Among many of his kind
Neither fragrant nor beautiful
But life blossomed in his spirit
Morning, noon and night
He waited with undying hope
For a companion to feel for
As time ticked in loneliness
She came from the sky above
Like a moving rainbow of colours
Weary and broken the butterfly was
She fell straight into his arms
He cared her back to health
With the warmth of a mother
He brought her back the smile
With the camaraderie of a friend
He listened to her enchanted
As she told stories of the world
He felt happiness like never before
As he came alive in her presence
With the wind back in her wings
She soared up into the sunlight
Happy and dancing the butterfly was
She charmed her way into his heart
The winds have changed course
Time rolled on with the clouds
She disappeared into the twilight
Leaving a trail of darkness behind
He looked on with a foolish hope
With every breath longing for her
All colour drained out from the world
As he sank to the depths of despair
The first rays of dawn roused him
He mustered all the spirit left
And broke away from his abode
To be blown into the wilderness
He looked for her everywhere
On earth, water and sky
He braved the sun and the rain
And slept under the stars
His search passing in vain
His strength and will failing
He drifted along with the wind
Only with blind hope by his side
Death was within reach
When he saw a silhouette
She rushed to his side
He felt warm in her lap
There was one thing left to say
For which he came all the way
He spoke, smiled and went quiet
“Au Revoir my love”
In the Path of Your Happiness
Being mocked by forces beyond the human spirit while being occupied in his pursuit of fulfilling his dreams, poet Santhosh Annabattula describes how Hope reached out to help him stand against the odds.
The poem “In the Path of Your Happiness” talks about the light at the end of the tunnel, just like the sunrise after a dark night. It mentions that we are unstoppable with Hope along our side in our moment of need.
I was sitting on a lonely beach,
Building castles in the wet sand.
A nonchalant wave sweeps it away
Making a mockery of my dreams
I crumble down in despair,
Until a pair of hands help me,
To build it stronger this time.
I look up and see your smiling visage
And stare at your eyes in wonder
At how alike we both are
While a silent smile crosses my heart
Realizing that I’m not alone.
Many people we meet in life,
The wind which passes through everything,
Sings only in a special piece of wood
Every note of music flowing out of the alliance.
The moon is what but rock and stone
Until it is tenderly touched upon by light.
The sun and the rain seldom meet
But nature paints a rainbow whenever they do,
In joyous celebration of their togetherness.
You showed me there is a dawn
After every twilight; And that night
Is only a brief journey towards the light
You saw and woke up the butterfly,
Hidden inside the façade of a caterpillar.
Your thought is like the first drop of rain,
Heralding the shower of happiness.
Your warmth is shared by the first ray of dawn,
Which melts the darkness from the inside.
Your grace resembles a thousand candles,
A light in humble devotion to the lord.
Your voice is the sweetness,
In the lullaby of a doting mother.
Your friendship is the all-embracing sky,
Which distances can never split
In these times of fleeting promises,
Of shallow emotions and masquerades
You rise like the evening star so fair
Shining like a beacon of hope.
Is this all really you?
Or is this how I see you?
That is best left unanswered
For my mind is already made
I hope all my prayers
Will find a way to fulfill your wishes
For I will find bliss
Only in the path of your happiness.
Journey to Freedom
Questioning anyone bound in the shackles of working their lives out, poet Santhosh Annabattula extends his hand to join him in breaking free and relishing their lives forever.
While doubting their motivation and reason, the poet asks if such an existence is worthy, especially after being gifted an extraordinary life by the Gods.