Jasbir Chatterjee

Veteran Poet - 1,864 Points (4 March 1966 / Delhi)

The Train - Poem by Jasbir Chatterjee

The train is running
Through the fields, the forests, and the deserts…
So close to the earth and yet,
An intrinsic part of the society—
Full of people with all sorts of shades
Of character, uttering words that could
Mean nothing, and yet everything…

The train is running
Through the fields, the forests, and the deserts…
So close to the earth,
Giving me such a frightening sense
Of having a home and yet,
Being so homeless;
Of having a destination and yet,
Being so displaced;
Of being among so many people
Laughing, singing, joking, and dancing and
Yet, not knowing whom to trust
And whom not to,
Whom to believe
And whom not to.


Comments about The Train by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • Gold Star - 13,747 Points Rajnish Manga (3/9/2015 12:38:00 PM)

    The initial part of the poem is kind of reassurance that the train which traverses different geographical regions as well as the lot of travellers is part of one larger society. Part two of the poem brings contrasting sentiments on board the train- some positive, some outright negative. This is human nature. I have enjoyed reading this poem which has so many moods in it. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 29,967 Points Akhtar Jawad (7/21/2014 2:41:00 PM)

    It is a beautiful poem, I very much liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Amitava Chakrabarty (1/2/2010 12:04:00 AM)

    The dichotomy within the train is displayed with prudence. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 358 Points C. P. Sharma (5/26/2009 8:29:00 AM)

    It reads like Night Mail by Auden with the music of its own.
    CP (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 118 Points Rani Turton (2/15/2008 6:37:00 PM)

    All the emotions of solitude have been beautifully exprssed. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 21 Points Mahfooz Ali (7/21/2006 8:09:00 AM)

    Nice poem and impressively expressed. Keep it up. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie shruti rai (4/9/2006 4:47:00 AM)

    superb..very well done.Its not just limited to a train journey but also the journey of life...'being among a crowd and yet being alone'.well done. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,126 Points Kee Thampi (3/27/2006 3:33:00 AM)

    Laughing, singing, joking, and dancing and
    Yet, not knowing whom to trust

    This train is real for everybody's travel. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 27, 2006

Poem Edited: Monday, March 27, 2006


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