• Rabindranath Tagore: A Poem

    Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

    May 10, 2017


    You prepared your verses over
    the death of dear ones.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Among the deaths was a single death
    marked by the suicide of a love
    you could not name or hold to your breast.
    You grayed among all those deaths
    like a flowing beard of one who
    meditated under the lamp’s shadow.
    You found mirrors of your desire
    among bees and blossoms
    while the day emptied all its tunes.
    You held all the seasons in your body
    like a restless bird. You crossed  
    the seas with aging wings, to meet
    your distant lover in Argentina.
    Someone whom your verses
    kept awake for years waited for the hands
    of your poems to touch her eyes.
    You hid her in the leaves of a song
    but she memorized your caresses in a diary.
    They left behind an inconsolable
    shade where you dwelt like a lone pillar.
    Suddenly one day maligners at home
    woke up biting their tongues as white men
    lauded milder fruits of your craft.
    You returned to your people the way
    a neglected lover returns
    with a loneliness stranger than words.                                                                                                                                              







    Featured image 'Tagore and Victoria Ocampo in Paris, 1930'

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    Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee is a poet and a faculty member at School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, New Delhi. His poems have appeared in The London Magazine, New Welsh Review, Rattle and other journals. Ghalib’s Tomb and Other Poems (2013), published by The London Magazine, is a poetry collection to his credit.




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