Sunday, July 22, 2012

Illustration Friday...."Carry"

Back in middle school I read this beautiful poem by Sarojini Naidu who is also known as 
"The Nightingale of India"
...and here is my illustration for this delicate and lovely poem

Palanquin Bearers

Lightly, O lightly we bear her along,
She sways like a flower in the wind of our song;
She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream,
She floats like a laugh from the lips of a dream.
Gaily, O gaily we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string.

Softly, O softly we bear her along,
She hangs like a star in the dew of our song;
She springs like a beam on the brow of the tide,
She falls like a tear from the eyes of a bride.
Lightly, O lightly we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string. 

poem by: Sarojini Naidu


  1. "She floats like a laugh from the lips of a dream".

    This is very beautiful, Sujata!
    and very poetic,
    You have chosen a beautiful poem undoubtedly
    And you know how illustrate it beautifully. congratulations!! :)))
    (I must say I came to your blog from a comment of yours in my blog, because from Illustration Friday, I could not do it :(((((((((((
    Bye byeeeeeeee have a nice week!!!!!

    1. Ah I realised I had incorrectly added the link the first time so I put it on Illustration friday again correctly!

  2. Great poem and really nice illustration! So many great details.

    1. This is one of my favorite poems - I would like to illustrate it in a hundred different ways if I could!

  3. Wow...I LOVE all the detail.. this is wonderful :)

  4. Great poem and illustration too…:) btw i wanted to check if i can use the image? I do a paper craft called quilling and really eager to quill the palanquin.

    1. Hi Nima,
      Thanks for visiting my blog. Sure, go ahead and use the image, have fun!

    2. Hey, I finished the project and this is how it looks: