Bertrand Russell : To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
The protagonist in Sapna’s poem is a woman who has suffered from her past experiences with love. Deserted and driven out, I stand on a lone coast. She is a wounded woman, carrying the bleeding talks of her past love and the resulting sufferings. The sufferings have made her fearful of every thing that comes into her life. She seems to have lost faith in love, too.
Touches me the dust of the day, roars in me a scream
Lost is the altar of the home, where I stored my dream
But as wheel of the time passes; the hands of the clock move; and she meets another man, the man who is eager to lend a ladder of love to her. However she is apprehensive of all the new things coming in her life.
I fear why you’re so good, so nearing to me
I fear while you utter soothing words for me.
But Sapna, the poetess, being an optimistic person herself, does not leave her character, the wounded woman, amidst the merciless desert of fear. It would be a poetic justice to the character, too. As the poetess believe that ‘Fortune favours the brave’, she tries out a ladder to help the fear-struck woman.
Till you met, I’d nothing to add in life, I’d no hope of greening
Lend me your hand, before the words change their meaning
If a literary piece of writing has no message, it is nearly worthless. But here the poetess makes it message-bound. Fear is a disease, but there are ways leading out of every disease. And there can be no better medicine than ‘love’. The wounded woman gets a friend, a genuine lover, a person who cares for her and helps her coming out of the past. He tries to unblock the dreams of the woman, the dreams that the fear was not allowing to be flourished. Here the poetess wants to impart a message like this:
One will never reach distant shores, / if he chooses to remain upon the dock,