The morning comes in withits melancholy mist
wrapped tight about it
a slightly misshapen pea in its pod
someone’s going early, the others latea word, phrase, a flake
lodged under my nail
a sunsliver flung up and caught
between the teethof time, someone leaves
nothing’s spoken, the door creaks
closed but can’t fully shut, the frame’s warped.
a quote ‘s been left, a linefrom a verse, snagged outside
the wall, it’s not a good sign
and true enough, the one who first wrote it, is lost.
Yesterday was the death anniversary of one of the great Bengali poets, Jibanananda Das.
And this morning I woke up to the news of Sunil Gangopadhyay's death, an iconic personality of Bengali contemporary literature, revered in India and Bangladesh. A favourite line from his poetry roughly translates - only for poetry have I sneered at immortality. I grew up reading his poetry and fiction, and I know there is much to celebrate, he has left behind a huge body of work, but right now all I can be is sad.
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