Gopal Lahiri

A few words, a few lines about poetry
I already know by heart; I test it live.

Spatial metaphors for the unknown, unseen,
the beat of a surreal clock from a distant temple.

Memory and silence, if only there is a summer rain
You can erase the alphabets of suffering.

At this point of time in this stillness
And a narrow river flowing in my sleep

Between light and dark in this space
Sounds of bell tell the hour and minute.

Something is singing on the branch
The world is like a sky within us

Life knows much more than war and conflict
It’s all bliss, it’s all peace at the end.


This morning a single bird glides in the air
above the water. Thin and yellow wings.

It vanishes on the other side, it appears again
then begins to descend slowly, then it is gone

For something to do on a summer day, a squirt
of clouds drops fingers of rain on petunias

Turn off the news, erase every line of the wars,
conflicts, cyclone, viruses, skirmishes.

Discount the exile years, a series of yesterdays,
peel the memories, those sleepy and misty eyed.

Walk down the streets, so often looking up
At window sill, the rufescent past flutters there.

Imagine, our togetherness, under the blue sky
It suffices, a moment of recompense and peace.

Gopal Lahiri is a bilingual poet, critic, editor, writer and translator with 29 books published, including eight solo/jointly edited books. His poetry and prose are published across various anthologies globally. His poems are translated in 16 languages. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2021, He has received Setu Excellence award in poetry. His latest collection of poems ‘Alleys are Filled with Future Alphabets.’ has received Pan Asian Ukiyoto award.

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