Poetry: Aneek Chatterjee

Aneek Chatterjee

Mother


Mother you love me. 
You’ve structured my
daily routine with much care. 

Seven to nine
in the morning: language;
nine to 11: maths;
11 to 1: biology
Lunch, rest etc
thereafter.  
From the afternoon to
late evening: tuition from
reputed teachers

Mother, do you know
a football ground
laughs in my language book; 
grasshoppers jump from
biology lessons;
& an ominous planet threatens
me from my physics lexicon ?

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Sometimes I want to be
your father
& wish to take you back
to days of yore  
when you played hide &
seek, kho – kho;
when you dreamed to be a
leg spinner; 

& tell you 
stop spinning around
your son 
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Elders!

Look at the lovely sky
Where I wish to fly

The aroma of flower
Signals nature’s power 

The naughty river flows
Through jungle, meadows 

I’ve visited in my dream. 
But I like to scream

When a dog crashes under the car
A bird is caged by the neighbor; 

& there is a fence around my mind
Oh elders, be patient, be kind
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Bio: Aneek Chatterjee is a poet and academic from Kolkata, India. He has been published in reputed literary magazines and poetry anthologies across the globe. His recent credits are:  Chiron Review, Better Than Starbucks, Poetry Potion, Shot Glass Journal, The Stray Branch, Dissident Voice, Café Dissensus, Literary Yard, Ann Arbor Review, Chicago Record, Setu, Ethos Literary Journal, GloMag, New Asian Writing, Montreal Writes, Scarlet Leaf Review, Pangolin Review, Mark Literary Review, Merak Magazine, Taj Mahal Review etc. He authored 13 books including two poetry collections titled “Seaside Myopia” & "Unborn Poems and Yellow Prison" (Cyberwit.net), and a novel named “The Funeral Procession”.  Chatterjee has a Ph.D. in International Relations; and has been teaching in leading Indian and foreign universities. His poetry has been archived at Yale University.

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