Three Poems by Gopal Lahiri

Three Poems by Gopal Lahiri

Unfinished

Your hands hold evening raga.

On the way to Sonajhuri hill,
the jacaranda tree sets aside
a few seeds of flower.

All the leaves turn into rainbows now,
a river flows without boats and bridges.

Spring has neatly painted the muscovite foils.

I know you are there like unseen shadow
eager for my arrival.

Between you and me, lies all alphabets of love.

2.

Listen to my past,
nights turn into half-formed poems.

West wind scampers past the courtyard
carry scarred memories.
blue stars scrawl love letters on my pillow.

I can answer it now.


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The Palace Wall

The palace registers emotion from
one wall to another,
time lapses on ruminating the blue evening
tell war stories.

In years to come, the stars make diary notes
holding up tragedies,
seismic bump captures the bleeding landscape-
whispers are hiding now in rain forest.

Crafting the sunset behind the mountain
the flicker of the red star
breaking days into microchips,
voices drink the lights of alpha century.

Rising and falling the storm clouds
a word and a turn of speech
open their tiny eyes
claiming anonymity in distress.

The last lap of the unused syllables
spins out the long bulletin of the night.


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New Order

There is a new order all around.
The sky is pouring out unknown stars
looking to be noticed, the world is in a shell
letterbox fill with sealed envelope.

The soft hum of the traffic wafts in,
sporadic rumbles of cars die,
phone calls are full of cries and blankness.

late night whispers have gone through
like a needle through a strand.

Absence of humans is sewed with sunrise colours
sparrows balance themselves on the skylight
sending pulsating signals of life.

the chalk scribbles are on the school gate
kittens are drawn on the shutters of the windows
a tree erupts in golden flowers,

new born babies are casting out in the womb
waking in new light.

Gopal Lahiri is a Kolkata- based bilingual poet, critic, editor and translator with 22 books published mostly (14) in English and a few (8) in Bengali, including four jointly edited books. His poetry is also published across various anthologies as well as in journals of India and abroad. He has been invited in various poetry festivals. He is published in 12 countries and his poems are translated in 12 languages.He is the recipient of the Poet of the Year Award in Destiny Poets, UK, 2016, Setu Excellence Award, 2020, Pittsburgh, US and Indology Life-Time Achievement award, West Bengal, India.

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