Soumik Kumar De: Poetry (Voices Within 2021)

Mr. 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.

 

Together

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 Missing

 

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.


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