Jasbir Chatterjee

Gold Star - 8,413 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

  • (5/3/2016 12:10:00 PM)


    The train is running through the fields, the forests and the deserts
    So close to earth
    ... so many people... Yet not knowing whom to trust, whom not to, whom to believe, whom not to..

    Beautiful lines. Very true about life as well. Excellently worded. Loved to read it.

    Brings back the nostalgic memories of the innumerable, unforgettable train journeys between Pune and Kerala, Andhra and Kerala and then Delhi and Kerala.
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  • (5/3/2016 6:26:00 AM)


    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. from the train you came to human trust and daily struggles of life. as a newly married woman a reader can understand your thoughts very well in the train... thank you for this poem .
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (4/15/2016 1:45:00 AM)


    A nice journey though Indian tracks.

    The Train journey In our country can render such a sense of homeliness
    and homelessness simultaneously.

    Such a journey gives us restlessness at times and meaninglessness at some others.
    A nice poem for reading.
    I enjoyed it. Thanks.
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  • Salman Sayeed (3/20/2016 1:09:00 PM)


    Well expressed vary nice (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/8/2016 2:02:00 AM)


    With the activities of the day. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • 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

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


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

  • (1/2/2010 12:04:00 AM)


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

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


    It reads like Night Mail by Auden with the music of its own.
    CP
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  • (2/15/2008 6:37:00 PM)


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

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


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

  • (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

  • (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.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 27, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 31, 2015


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