Lei – A wreath for your soul

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Bumble Bee

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Buzzing wings over,

bright blossoms of red clover

flies the pollinator,

In meadows seeking nectar 

Buff tailed bumblebee!

The Buff-tailed bumblebee has been crowned as Britain’s favourite insect. – BBC News


This poem forms a part of my book ‘Lei : A wreath for your soul‘. The book is now available on Amazon in the electronic format. A sample preview is available and Kindle unlimited subscribers can download for free on http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016S9XHE2



In case if you are wondering what it means, the word ‘Lei’ means a garland or a wreath in Hawaiian language.:-)

A special thanks to Lata Subramanian, who writes at  Lata Wonders for urging me to publish the book.


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86 thoughts on “Lei – A wreath for your soul

  1. When I read the title, it somehow reminded me the captive poem of the last Queen of Hawaii, Liuliuokalani! ‘Aloha Ae’. After reading it, it reminded a different kind of lei… Not the lei of flowers, which tourists prefer, but the Maile chain, which the original aborigines preferred.

    Loved the Tanka! It was a Tanka, wasn’t it? I’ll write a story on Hawaii. Nothing modern. Something, which shows the free and undying spirit of Hiro, the fire goddess!

    Thanks a lot for the inspiration, Somali! And, I’ll search for your book. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Rakesh. The lei culture it seems has originated from the aborigines itself and has taken the form of greetings in the present day. Yes this is a tanka. In the book there is a tanka on ‘lei’ as well.
      Look forward to your story on Hawaii. I quite like the idea of stories based on different cultures. 🙂


  2. Lei is a lovely name for a book of poems.
    Congratulations Somali!!
    Here’s wishing you many many more published works.

    Something tells me, I’m going to be thinking of you every time I see leis 🙂

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  3. At the outset once again hearty congratulations.

    Butterflies the symbol of transformation, the cover page of the book says it all what is going to come as we explore the different pages of the book. This is such a beautiful bouquet of flowers in form of book, each page has a message and each picture tells a tale. The combination of words and images makes it a lovely composition. Yes, our soul needs that connection with beauty of picture and choice of profound words…and this book has all ingredients to make our soul stir and it did so quite strongly to me…a must read for all and I have started learning the art of writing haiku and tanka…

    Wishing you grand success and many more such books to keep inspiring us….

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          1. Hmmm…you are putting lot of expectation on me and I have already crumbled and will not carry the baton which you have done so beautifully…I agree Maniparna and Kokila do so wonderfully…
            I can see your passion on Haiku.

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  4. Your poems have a pacifying yet inspiring effect on the reader’s mind just like the fragrance of a flower. Therefore the book is perfectly named as “wreath for your soul”. Btw, I read the book using cloud reader and wanted to write a review. But free download does not allow me to write a review as I have never bought anything from Amazon before. 😦

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