Treasure Island

Ratan Bhattacharjee

(01-12-1957 / Kolkata)


Anger is a hydra -headed demon
A demon beating its furious wings
a volcano belching out fiery lava
a gloomy sky cracking thunders
a CSTC bus rushing on a smoky road
in the wintry evening

Anger is emptiness or losing
A girl being robbed of her angelic infancy
a nonagenarian mother denied her home
a lost child crying for its parents in the crowded local train
a child that loses her doll

Anger is the foamy sea writhing with pain
The sea that rolls its waves to knock the barge
Or the sapless champak losing its petals
Or a hilly town without the snowfall
Or on a fuzzy vista a lonely bird calls

Or when I cannot write a single line

Anger comes to me
I become really angry

Submitted: Monday, January 11, 2010
Edited: Sunday, January 17, 2010

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  • Kannan G (5/13/2010 1:14:00 AM)

    A beautiful composition capturing the various hues and shapes of Anger. May we be able to conquer Anger with rightful thinking, meditation and compassion. Best wishes (Report) Reply

  • Seema Chowdhury (3/1/2010 6:48:00 AM)

    welcome to poem hunter.
    i enjoyed your poem.
    thanks for sharing it with all.
    hope u will read more of my poems too.
    take care (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (2/10/2010 10:53:00 AM)

    The last couple of lines - anger comes... Yes. if we can watch anger as it comes, we can keep him at a distance. If we identify with anger, then, we are lost. You have captured the reasons for anger nicely. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (1/25/2010 3:12:00 AM)

    Highly metaphorical....your longing observation is wellused...last three lines are really true to reality....well penned poem...thank you (Report) Reply

  • Sumita Datta (1/20/2010 4:28:00 AM)

    Anger is the natural expression that not only human being…. An animal, plants, hills …. All know how to show? Expressed nicely…. :) (Report) Reply

  • Chitra - (1/19/2010 8:02:00 AM)

    social aspect of Anger. so many atrocities that cause the bouts of anger. emotional write! (Report) Reply

  • Lillian Thomas (1/17/2010 11:11:00 AM)

    Your observations are put into visual imagery that conveys your emotion, esp. in the first stanza. The second stanza is more like a journalist's words than a poet's, and yet we need the specifics to know what you are angry about. Something that bridges the two, unifying it would make it stronger. The bus is in both stanzas, perhaps a few words or a line that would make the second stanza 'Views from a bus called anger'
    Just an idea, but you have a good eye for detail and an empathetic heart. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

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