Dilip Chitre

(17 September 1938 – 10 December 2009 / Gujarat / India)

In The Light Of Birds - Poem by Dilip Chitre

In the light of birds the lunatic wakes from uncountable sleeps
His burning electric wires begin to glow
Birds sing in every forest of flesh and blood
The lunatic's fingers turn into strings in the outer silence

The darkness of half-asleep awareness roars through
The lunatic's widening arteries, it's another kind of
Waking-- and even total sleep is a frightening fire
It's compelled to burst out even while being awake.

The lunatic sees through his sun-paraphrasing eyes
That creates circles centred outside him
And unaccountable sleep awakens lightnings
To sing a vast lullaby in flesh and blood.

The lunatic watches a bird...half-closed like eyes...flying
And his eyes as they drown begin to chirp.


Comments about In The Light Of Birds by Dilip Chitre

  • (8/11/2016 11:24:00 PM)


    A beautifully envisioned great nature poem depicting relationship between man and nature and their responses to different eventualities. Thanks for sharing it here.10 + points. (Report) Reply

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  • Egwu Collins (8/11/2016 11:53:00 AM)


    Love everything u wrote (Report) Reply

  • Partha Pratim Goswami (8/11/2016 10:01:00 AM)


    A heart touching poem, thanks a lot (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/11/2016 6:41:00 AM)


    In flesh and blood! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Asis Biswas (8/11/2016 5:43:00 AM)


    all like to be lunatic like poet described in his poem.when he writes the lunatic watches a bird half closed like eyes.. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/11/2016 2:40:00 AM)


    The narrative emerges from the man's eternal relationship with nature and its bounties. 'Lunatic' comes out as a man who loves the atmosphere created by the spell-binding beauty created by the presence of moon and its light after dark. Fortunate to have read Dilip Chitre's poem.
    Birds sing in every forest of flesh and blood
    The lunatic sees.....unaccountable sleep awakens lightnings
    To sing a vast lullaby in flesh and blood.
    (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (10/17/2014 2:13:00 PM)


    Most provocating lines
    The lunatic sees through his sun-
    paraphrasing eyes
    That creates circles centred outside
    him. RIP.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 29, 2012



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