Bijay Kant Dubey

The Terracotta Temple

The terracotta temple, the small-small temples,
Standing as historical heritage and legacy,
Which you know not, I know not,
But there is history hidden in them,
The small-small terracotta temples
And the miniature painting done into them,
The terracotta design and building.

The terracotta temples, small-small but beautiful
Made of small-small bricks and lime stone powder
With the terracotta work all around
Telling of history, art, culture and tradition,
Myth, motif and mystery,
The faith which once held them all,
Faith, ay, blind faith,
As it had been then.

The terracotta plates stuck into and fitted on as borders
Around the entrance, decorative of,
With sculptures so prominent and remarkable
That ancient art speaking,
But the makers, sculptors and builders
Know I not,
There is nothing to tell about,
Everything but mythical, mythical and legendary.

Hindu gods and heroes,
Tales and narratives symbolical and epical
Drawn from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana,
The Bhagavad-gita,
The diagrams and motifs to be embossed upon
And the gate-keepers guarding the temple gates,
Mustached, semi-divine or may not be,
I do not know them.

The small-small temples,
The Vishnu temple, the Siva temple, the Ma Manasa temple,
The Shitala temple, the Mahaprabhu temple,
Picture and photograph I,
The archaeological and archival aspects,
The architectural beauty of the small temples,
Built long ago, long-long ago
Following some lost and forgotten tradition.

Submitted: Friday, August 09, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Terracotta Temple by Bijay Kant Dubey )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

New Poems

  1. From Creation To Extravagance, Naveed Akram
  2. Everlasting, Michael McParland
  3. Lonely Only, Sunny Chopra
  4. When it comes to money, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  5. Psalm V, George Herbert
  6. Open well., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  7. A Halloween Meant For Fun, Katherine Nordhaus
  8. Siberian Tiger, Denis Martindale
  9. Hanae, Marites C. Cayetano
  10. Adagio, Elizabeth Shield

Poem of the Day

poet Charles Stuart Calverley

He stood, a worn-out City clerk —
Who'd toil'd, and seen no holiday,
For forty years from dawn to dark —
Alone beside Caermarthen Bay.
...... Read complete »


Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]