Voices Within: Sharmila Ray

Sharmila Ray is a poet and non-fiction essayist, writing in English and anthologized and featured in India and abroad. Her poems, short stories and non-fictional essays have appeared in various national and international magazines and journals. She is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History at City College, Kolkata. She has authored nine books of poetry. She conducted poetry workshops organized by British Council, Poetry Society of India, Sahitya Akademi. She has been reading her poems in India and abroad. Her poems have been translated into Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Slovene, Hebrew and Spanish. She has received award from Women’s Times and Green Tara Initiatives for poetry (2018).


Is void a burial niche
or a place of rebirth...
I am searching for an answer.
Vibrations creating a lattice
where your touch is finite,
my smile is finite,
your image is constant,
only our words spoken lie in eternity.

The alchemist's dark sun,
chocolate truffles,
a chunk of un-tasted poetry-all are real
but ephemeral in the physical universe.

All's still.
My shadow blurs and then disappears in space.
Everything is altered.
Everything upsets our way of seeing.
Fantasy or reality?
The mystery unfolds, beckons then
telescopes into unknown

She is Back

Now she is back waiting for shooting stars
standing on the ridge where she is alone

She is not desolate because silt have flown
creating a mainland that didn't exist.

She walks on this ground softly with love
having for company her Libra sun

She squints her eyes gazing at the horizon
where there is nothing only this distance.

But somehow, she is sure of herself
taking two steps at a time.

Tonight, the stardust will gently spill
over her porous coral

And will ambush her earthy shell
crushing her non-resident presence.

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