Malu Bhalu

Malu Bhalu :

High up in an icy lair

Lived a little polar bear

Snow white, snow bright was her mane,

Malu Bhalu was her name.

Very soon our Malu Bhalu

Learnt the things her parents knew.

Fish to catch, big and small...

Malu was a clever girl.

Malu said to her mother one day:

Ma, I’m going far out to play.

I want to see the things that lie

There beyond the big blue sky.

A little patience, child, said Mum,

In the summer when next it comes.

Summer?... Patience?... What a test!

Malu simply could not rest.

First things first! Malu’s mum

Clasped Malu tight within her arms.

Then she said — her voice was firm

Now my dear you’ll have to swim.

But Ma! said Malu, what do I know?

How will I? I’ve never swum before!

Don’t worry dear, said Malu’s mother,

Do as I do, that’s all, she advised her.

She had no choice, no other way,

Malu had to swim that day.

Tight she gripped her mother’s hand,

Into the water splash! to land.

Brave mother’s brave young daughter!

Doubt and fear she left behind her.

Malu swam with all her might,

It didn't matter wrong or right.

But swimming came so naturally,

Her mother knew this and all could see.

Fearless was Malu, this she knew,

Not just brave, but special too.


The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.

Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.

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