Poetry: Supatra Sen

Supatra Sen
That Forgotten Pledge

Were you the child
Who swung in my branches
Gathered flowers
And made a bed of petals
Hugged me tight
In times of grief
Sat at peace
Under my shade 
With a book wide open

On your Convocation
Pledged to plant 
More of my tribe
Your ‘precious’ mementoes

You have now grown…
A mere human
With too many memories
And too little resolute
To honour them

I leave you…then
Leave you 
On your command and desire
To grow and build
And prosper
And thrive
All on your own…

But if ever 
You wish my return
My tribe awaits you
In distant hills 
And remote vales
Clinging to your promises
Holding your memories
Deep within…  

That Lost Child

A child has gone missing
For how long I do not know
She would day-dream in productive hours
And simply refuse to grow

She plodded unknown paths
Trusting one and all
Fully aware that such folly
Would lead to drastic fall

And yet she cleaned and dusted
All that needed care
Never awaiting gratitude
Or even the slightest fan fare

Life meant love and smile
For all things great and small
She believed this the only way
To strive and yet stand tall

Many a child as her 
Has since been lost and gone
Strange that the world and its people
Have never missed their song

Perhaps one day some magic
Will bring them back once more
And eternal spring shall reign
This world as Heaven lore

Bio: Dr. Supatra Sen, currently Associate Professor in a reputed Kolkata college is a veteran academician, teaching and researching in the fields of Botany and Environment. Her over hundred publications as international books, papers and reviews are chiefly in her parent subject. She has edited several UGC funded ISBN volumes and is also the founder and Chief Editor of an ISSN peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary academic journal ‘Harvest’ www.harvestjournal.net since 2016. Her tryst with poetry writing began in 2020 during the global pandemic and in October 2021 her poetry anthology ‘My Autumn Sonata’ was published.

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