Jharna Sanyal: Poetry (Voices Within 2021)

Jharna Sanyal was formerly a Professor at the Department of English, University of Calcutta. Her translation of Ashapurna Devi’s short stories The Magic Web and Other Stories- Ashapurna Devi on the Window and the World and the collection of poems The Nomadic Trail are widely acclaimed.

 

Haiku

 

1.

autumn leaves
dropping unrhymed
poems at my doorstep


summer gale
paper boat flying
ant in fold

tin roof
how little rain knows
of music


scent of orange
winter
on grandmother's lips

 

2.

kite
caught between branches
he’d have been nine



smiling moon

my garden

 mops up spillover

 

cabbage
and I
nothingness in layers


dry leaf
in between pages
forest burning


3.

mushroom

the way

dead wood speaks


orange-
still the same
only i need toothpicks

 

butterfly

a net

shadow and more shadows

 

moonbeam

fern’s afterlife

quivering in a puddle

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