Poetry: Soumik Kumar De

Soumik Kumar De

Have you ever seen 
A spent Shakespeare 
Finding solace
On the lap of Shelley?
Or a tired Tagore
Taming Tolstoy?
Ever found a frisky Freud 
Fathoming Francis Bacon?
Have they ever met 
Langland and Larkin!
Or Donne and Dorothy 
Dwelling on discourses?
Russell and Richardson
In the same row!
Oedipus and Othello
Sharing sorrows to each other?
Can you ever think 
Antony leaves Cleo
Just to woo Shakuntala?
Imagine Arden 
Just an inch from Wessex!
All these happen 
Happen my dear
In the single shelf
Of my study room.

The Wall

I knew them all
3.4k in numbers
Smiling faces in framed circles 
I acted
They reacted
With their smilies, memes and GIFs
With frownings and amazings
I would share 
Everything with them
From my brand new guitar
To the house litter
From my recent hair cut
To that buttonless shirt 
From my dinner
To oh the latest inner.

But the other day
As I found myself
Lying on the  white sheet
With gashes all over
Nowhere did I find
One from the 3.4k list
Someone was there though
Standing in a worried look.
The face that my blog gave no space
A friend of mine nakedhood.
Learnt I soon
How words differ
'Virtual' and 'virtuous'.


He tried to feed himself
With half plate of moon shines,
A little of verdurous grasses
And a tumbler full of mists
Sitting over the Faraglioni
He wanted to enjoy his meal
Flavoured with the 
Aroma of wild Oleanders
Occasional thunders
And periodic flashes of lightnings
Would be his sole companion 
The sapphire cloudless overhead 
Would be his mistress

But soon someone from Porlock
Broke his reverie 
And he found himself 
Kept in his matchbox
From where it was 
Well nigh difficult 
To find only a dot of blue.
Bio: Soumik Kumar De is a teacher by profession and a poet by passion. He was born in 1977 in Bankura, West Bengal. An M.A. and M.Phil in English literature Mr. De has several bilingual poems to his credit.  His first anthology Adrikake Niye was published in 2005. It was a collection of Bengali creative poems. His poems have been included in several journals, anthologies and web magazines like Aulos: An Anthology of Poems, Caravan, Sangshaptak, Borderless Journal etc. Besides he has several academic and non- academic writings. He is also a writer of short story and flash fiction. He has a penchant for travelling and so far covered almost all the states of India. Beside writing he likes to spend his leisure hours by painting and playing guitar.

1 comment :

  1. Together is a beautiful poem both in its elegant wide-ranging juxtapositions of authors as in its domesticity and connectivity for all who have a bookcase.


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