POWER OF POETRY #74: URNA BOSE

The Sun, the sky, the sea and the soft-white sand.
Sweet, sensual serenity and a surreal sense of surrender.

The boundaries and the defining lines have blurred and blended.
One can’t quite put a firm, decisive finger on when, where and how one collides, mingles, smudges and spills over the other, when you’re in Krabi, Thailand.

“Ruea hang yao” or the long-tailed boats are southern Thailand’s most distinctive form of waterborne transport, especially here in Krabi. Grandiosely known as “the gondolas of the south” with their sleek, narrow profile and negligible draft.

As our tiny, brave long-tail boat deftly navigates the bays and creeks of Krabi’s turquoise waters, punctuated by craggy limestone cliffs and caves, one can’t help but fall in love with these spunky, spirited boats.

I sit back in our long-tail boat and watch it triumphantly ride the waves, spewing shimmering, foamy white crests of water.

I think about the Sun, the sky, the sea and the soft-white sand.
This sweet, sensual serenity and this surreal sense of surrender.
Maybe it’s alliteration by nature.
Poetry by the universe.
Poetry too has this soft, shimmering, shapeshifting quality about it, if you ask me.


One can’t quite put a firm, decisive finger on when, where and how poetry collides, mingles, smudges and spills over into our lives. And, then into our consciousness, our thoughts, our awareness, our ways of seeing, our filters of perception.
Leaving lovers of poetry, with a sweet sensual serenity and a surreal sense of surrender.



Urna Bose is an advertising professional. Urna started her career in advertising as a copywriter. Having worked with some of the most well-known advertising giants in Mumbai, Urna went on to became a Creative Director and an Executive Creative Director, thereafter. Urna has been the brain-child behind a vast body of clutter-breaking, innovative and iconic advertising and her campaigns have won many creativity awards. She also writes poetry and her poetry has been published and featured in many anthologies. Urna loves travelling, and her obsessive, unapologetic wanderlust makes her dabble with travel writing, every now and then. Urna lives with her family in Mumbai, India.

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