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Shadowing Friendship

By Rajendra Ojha (Nayan)

PROMPT — The way I see it ...

Friendship cannot be maintained like a nail and a finger by everyone,

and cooperation with a living soul is impossible for a deceased soul.

Do you think ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ can strengthen their cooperation?

If they could, the 'Cold War' wouldn't have lasted for long.

As every friendship can't truly be cooperative,

It's better to keep Bull's eyes closed before signing the friendship.

However, throwing stones by hitting the light in the dark,

Can certainly bring mutuality to opposing forces.

Walking on the silky, black carpets,

you'll find shadowy friends waiting for you.

They hold what appear to be illusionary- red roses- in their hands,

Ready to bring light into the gloomy moments of a cordial friendship.


Rajendra Ojha (Nayan) is a Nepalese poet, philosopher, social researcher, social worker, and EU-certified trainer. He also served as a citizen diplomat for three months under the ‘Ministry of Population and Environment’ in 2018 in Switzerland for the diplomatic program of the Minamata Convention, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Poems and philosophical writings of Rajendra Ojha have been published in various national as well as international literary journals from Nepal, the U.S.A., India, China, Russia, Spain, Myanmar, and Pakistan in both Nepalese and English. He has also published two anthologies, ‘Through the World’ (a collection of experimental poems) and Words of Tiger (a collection of philosophical and psychological poems), in 2011 and 2019, respectively. Mr. Rajendra Ojha has been honored by two major prestigious awards named ‘Asia’s Outstanding Internship Solution Provider Award 2020/21’ and ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Television Award 2023’ respectively for his work as a ‘Social Researcher’ as well as a ‘Social Worker’ (activities related to social responsibility), respectively, in 2021 and 2023. He writes from Kathmandu, Nepal.


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