Swayam Prashant (pen-name of Dr. Prashanta Kumar Sahoo) was born in the undivided Cuttack district, Odisha. He was formerly an Associate Professor of English at Sarupathar College, Assam, India. He has written six books and two booklets. They are : Evaluation of Textbooks in the Teaching of English (based on his Ph.D. thesis); Values in Life (based on a research project on Vedic and Upanishadic writings); Knowledge Tree (miscellaneous prose writings); Haiku from the Garden of My Own (poetry); Live Like a Man (poetry); Premras Amrit (poetry in Assamese); Virgin Land Impregnated (a thematic study of Canadian folk songs); and Joy of Love (a unique booklet of love poems).
SMILING THE WORLD ANEW
Once a sweet little child asked me how I make poetry. I told her, if a cupful of her innocent smile was added to two spoonfuls of red rose petals they lively brought out my beloved's lips and if a pillow was carved out of her smile and a brown falling leaf laid on it they made my grandma's agonies visible. But, above all, if she and I could smile together it created a world anew.
HOUSE ON THE SUN*
I am no Icarus to fly to the sun with wings of wax given to me by my father but I dreamt of building a house on the sun where I saw others had built theirs the walls of which were made of unbreakable stone studded with glittering jewels, crystals, pearls and diamonds. Whoever passed by had high praise for them; with wide eyes and mouth agape they ogled and as I envied them I thought I would build my house more dazzlingly bright so that onlookers would remain transfixed forever but I only dreamt and dreamt; could never build and when I woke up from the reverie I found my house was not on the sun but on the sweet-smelling green earth ? *the sun of fame