Poems of APJ Abdul Kalam

In honour of former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away on July 27, 2015, we thought we’d bring our readers three of his poems.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pic/Official Facebook Page of Dr Kalam

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pic/Official Facebook Page of Dr Kalam

Soaring Dream

Fabulous air show of Paris in motion

My thought too in flight and yearns for my Nation

When will the planes designed in my land

Pierce the sky as lightening in action

And gracefully land as angels in full boom

All to the envy of spellbound spectators

Yes we can !!

When we are united in action and addicted to deeds

Sky can’t be limit for my nation in action !!

—APJ Abdul Kalam


Where are we?

Where are we now, dear friends,

In the Maha Sabha that shapes as history,

The call of heart beats of Indian people,

People ask us, people ask us;

“Oh! Parliamentarians, the sculptors of Mother India,

Lead us unto light, enrich our lives.

Your righteous toil, is our guiding light,

If you work hard, we all can prosper.”

Like King, so the people,

Nurture great thoughts, rise up in actions,

May righteous methods be your guide;

May you all prosper ever with Almighty’s grace.

—APJ Abdul Kalam


The Vision

I climbed and climbed

Where is the peak, my Lord?

I ploughed and ploughed,

Where is the knowledge treasure, my Lord?

I sailed and sailed,

Where is the island of peace, my Lord?

Almighty, bless my nation

With vision and sweat resulting into happiness.

—APJ Abdul Kalam