Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Car'mell' -- The Golden Years (1964-2014)

 -Brian Mendonça

Golden flowers
For the golden jubilee
Each petal, each stem
The pride of Carmel
See the Laburnums tremor in the breeze
Bidding welcome to all who enter.

Golden rays
Of the setting sun
Of those who have given
Their lives for Carmel.
To plant, to nourish, to nurture and groom
Women of calibre, the destiny of India.

Golden tresses
Of Carmel girls
Auburn, ebony,
Ivory, mauve
A kaleidoscope of colour
A college, a hub, a home.

Golden years
Of the days gone by.
50 diyas
Of a journey of Truth.
Faith, vison, plans, hopes
Reach to fruition on Carmel’s soil.

Golden words
From the keepers of the flame
To guide, to lead
To support, to inspire
A lifetime’s remembrance
The wind beneath my wings.

Golden pathways
Thy values to uphold
The seed of learning
The choice to be free
From silver to gold, Thy aim is unwavering
Ever onward, ever steadfast
To serve and to lead.

(Spring 2014
Carmel College, Goa)


Carmell: A play on the name of Carmel. ‘Mell’ (Konkani) signifies a gathering, a synergy motivated by common aims. Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce for Women, Nuvem, Goa celebrates its Golden Jubilee year this year. Pix of foliage in Carmel College by Brian Mendonça. Published in KurioCity -The Youth Magazine - with Navhind Times, Panjim, Goa on Friday, 7 February 2014.

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