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).
Silence, the Real Wealth
You came late, my friend others have already taken everything and are making the world with them my treasury is empty only 'silence' is left will it be of any use to you? the Great Giver asked. That will be sufficient for me, the poet replied. I shall knead patterns out of it with love and place them before you as my humble offerings simply bless them with your benign touch, my Lord, I am sure they will shine far more brightly than all other things combined!
She was darkness, she said, ever shrouded in mystery; she was the Temptation maybe, a siren but for the poet she was moonlight wrapped in the petals of silence smiling through the eyes of distant horizon love in disguise.
On the Wings
It was a wonder when I flew to the sun; it was a joy when I wandered on the moon; it was a pain when I fell to the earth. I was clamped to the ground but with imagination and on the wings of words I went everywhere.