And there will be no more need for fear
I want another day, a different year.
If I could, I would draw the smiles on wings spread.
The evening is casting
quivering shadows on the clinic wall.
We are all perhaps going to die,
the wind is still; the stars pledge to be reborn.
Only a half-moon waiting for its unsuspecting prey,
remain suspended in mid-sky
What comes next is darkness; unhurried, intentional,
covering the alleys with gossamer good byes.
no one here really knows why we are here,
how grief and holiness refuse to flutter in the wind,
imagining the night birds carry breaths on their tiny lips,
filling up lungs, rewrite the death certificates.
If I could, I would take you to the land of love and light.
Each night is mundane and lonely.
Night-birds spread their wings.
The moment I’m looking for is buried
beneath the black soil.
Each wound I polish on the secret stone
shines in false light: there is nostalgia too.
When the lizards cry
the moon goes behind swelling clouds.
There is a thick silence you can lean against.
The city is laconic the way it was centuries ago.
The broken walls scribble: alleys are filled
with future alphabets.
A certain beauty is waiting on the street
with something that cares, that cultivates.
The other I
I am in search of the other I.
Memories swirl, unspoken,
wounds come from the same source,
moves with me like shadow.
I can feel but can never touch.
No roles to take, no games to play-
colours alluring, strokes of the brush,
Light spillages, sound mutes,
whisper dies, shadows lengthen.
You are here but far beyond
Real and more real!
©2020 Gopal Lahiri All rights reserved.
Gopal Lahiri is a bilingual poet, critic, editor, writer and translator. He is the author of 21 books published mostly (13) in English and a few (8) in Bengali, including four jointly edited books. His poems have been published across various journals and anthologies. Recent credits: Ink Sweat & Tears, Verse Virtual, Harbinger Asylum, Borderless Journal, Setu, Muse India and elsewhere. He has attended various poetry festivals in India and abroad. He is published in 12 countries and in 12 languages. He lives in Kolkata, India.