I like the works of arts and literature that acknowledge the often unsung and unnoticed people who but just derive happiness in performing their works(which are often considered as insignificant tasks in general) with devotion and sincerity.These uncelebrated people never crave for notability and rather prefer to remain invisible to the masses.It is only when an artist, a poet or a writer expresses,through his/her works of art, that the world gets a chance to stop and feel for once what profound perspectives these people can have in the little roles they get to play.
Palanquin bearers is one such poem,which celebrates a rather unsung group of people – ‘The Palanquin Bearers.’ While the queen or the bride in the palanquin will always be the center of attraction for anyone at the scene,the poetess Sarojini Naidu rather saw the palanquin bearers, who graciously carried the noble lady,embracing pride and contentment in this process of being a modest servitor.This poem is one of my favorites.The poetry is rich with imageries and the rhythm is quite pacifying –
-by Sarojini Naidu
Lightly, O lightly we bear her along,
She sways like a flower in the wind of our song;
She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream,
She floats like a laugh from the lips of a dream.
Gaily, O gaily we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string.
Softly, O softly we bear her along,
She hangs like a star in the dew of our song;
She springs like a beam on the brow of the tide,
She falls like a tear from the eyes of a bride.
Lightly, O lightly we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string