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Amitava Sur

(20.01.1950 / Kolkata)


Oh’ my dear, the passers by,
I beg you all to listen a while.
I don’t beg any food from you
Not even any money.
I beg you all for a little sleep -
what I lost for years many.
I beg for a bit of peace also,
For which I am dying so long.
Yes, I beg a little sleep and peace
I beg you give me please.
I’ll just sleep for a little while -
I only will sleep with peace.

I searched for them since long back
But I didn’t get even a bit.
I’m begging now door to door
With a hope to get a bit.
Can you now by any means –
Give me a little please.
I’ll just sleep for a little while -
I only will sleep with peace.

I didn’t sleep for a long long time
So do I need a peace in my mind,
I beg a little sleep and peace
I beg you give me please.
I’ll just sleep for a little while-
I only will sleep with peace.
Amitava (14.5.2013)

Submitted: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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It's about getting completely lost & restless in losing the love & peace from a human life. I tried to draw that picture with pen & paper

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  • Ramesh Rai (7/2/2014 6:52:00 PM)

    Ultimately every one is beggar. Nice love it. I too have a beggar. Regards. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (6/25/2014 12:16:00 AM)

    Begging not for alms, but for peace and rest! They are perhaps more vital for a man alive in body but dead in spirit! A heart rending plea! It leaves disturbing reverberations! (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (3/31/2014 4:20:00 AM)

    Begging only for a quiet sleep is such a simple request, not
    answered readily if at all in life. I got lost and restless myself
    within the poem. Captured my sorrowful heart, Amitava,
    you've done well with this one - beautifully imagined. Thank
    you. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (3/31/2014 4:15:00 AM)

    Begging only for a quiet sleep and peace, is such a simple request,
    not answered readily, if at all in life. I got lost and restless myself
    within the poem. Captured my sorrowful heart, Amitava, you've
    done well with this one - beautifully imagined.. Thank you. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Maria C. Costa (11/23/2013 6:33:00 AM)

    Lovely lines throughout this special request for a quiet sleep and peace! May God grant you a tranquil, enjoyable time and much hope in your life.
    Thank you for shaing it! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (10/26/2013 7:16:00 AM)

    What thought you have placed in these wonderful words. How we all dream of PEACE. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Jr Cuyam (10/23/2013 11:28:00 AM)

    very creative and unique. a beggar begging not for food but for peace. I will give you Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace. receive Him in your heart and you'll have eternal peace. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (10/8/2013 10:42:00 PM)

    Through this poem you have depicted new form of beggar. Especially, I like to draw the attention of the money man who has an urgent need of sleep. Indeed a great write. Keep it up. (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (10/8/2013 6:49:00 PM)

    Last line perfect I see it peace on earth beyond just sleep poem with deep meaning...regards (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (10/8/2013 5:09:00 AM)

    Wait forever till the end of time,
    to fill love in a jar of peace
    and quench me this thirst
    for this forever i'll be a beggar
    Wait forever till end of time...nice work Amitava! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Dipy Hermonite (9/26/2013 6:32:00 AM)

    Loved it. Keep going Amitava. Have rated your poem.

    Could I request you to read and rate my poem? I would also be delighted if you could endorse your comments on the poem.
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  • Elena Sandu (9/24/2013 7:52:00 PM)

    A true painting, beautifully penned! Yes when a heart has no more love inside might get so restless that it could dry and die. But some souls could find the key of revival if they could learn that they may had it all wrong, as true love can never die.
    Are we meant to confuse sometimes the possesive love with the unconditional one? Such confusions are great if they bring us on the verge of collapse, from there we get the chance to struggle to find own balance and connect to own true self...Sorry I don't know if I make any sense, your poem filled me with lots of thoughs which I try to clear for myself. I am breaking one of the unwritten law by thinking aloud. I am supposed to talk after thinking but than I will find nothing to say. I loved your poem, thank you! 10 (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (9/22/2013 7:49:00 PM)

    An excellent poem on sleep and the serenity that it can bring.
    A good nights sleep will will have you feeling refreshed.
    I have two poems titled Sleep and peace please take a look
    when you have time. (Report) Reply

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