Voices Within: Naina Dey

Naina Dey is a critic, translator and a widely anthologized creative writer. She has authored several books on critical studies, translations and her publications include two volumes of poetry. She was awarded the “Excellence in World Poetry Award, 2009 by the International Poets Academy, Chennai and was among a team of young Indian writers felicitated jointly by Sahitya Akademi and Visva-Bharati University in 2010. Of her latest publications are a translation of Upendrakishore Ray Choudhury’s “Gupi Gain O Bagha Bain” and One Dozen Stories, a book of short story translations. She is concept creator of literary and artistic organ Chamunda’s Dream. Naina is currently working on her third poetry book.

Let me write a poem

Let me write a poem
Let me be
all alone
wrapped in silence
as I unwrap my heart
peeling away its flimsy glitter
bit by bit
Let me be
so, I can mould my heart 
the way I want
like a child’s clay
pressed and squeezed
into a leaf, a bud, a star
that will delight
not bleed
over snow-white laces
laid for tea
Let me bathe 
in the sweet-sourness 
of pictures and words and rhymes
Let me alone
so, I can turn into a poem


On some dejected evenings
after the crimson ball of fire
has dropped in the west
the steps of life grow dim
The dying light
streaks my cheek
with the mantra of primal desire
for survival and immortality
dum spiro spero

A Hymn to Hope

Let tulips bloom
from the blood 
of battered hearts and veins
Let music water
the tender shoots of hope
that peer from the crevices
of lonely days
Let poetry bridge 
the distance
between dis-eased minds
Cement our resolve
for a world full of grace
Let us have Light 
after a night of pain

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