Jasbir Chatterjee

Gold Star - 4,747 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;

The train is running
Through the fields, the forests, and the deserts…
So close to the earth,
Giving me a sense of destination and yet being so displaced;
Of being among so many people laughing, singing, joking, and dancing and
Yet, not knowing whom to trust, whom not to, whom to believe, whom not to.

Topic(s) of this poem: trains

Form: Prose Poem


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written during my train journey from Bangalore to Delhi in 1993. I was a newly-married woman at that time.

Comments about The Train by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • Rajnish Manga 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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  • Akhtar Jawad Akhtar Jawad (7/21/2014 2:41:00 PM)

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

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

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

  • C. P. Sharma 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

  • Rani Turton (2/15/2008 6:37:00 PM)

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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: Saturday, October 31, 2015


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