Jayanta Mahapatra

(22 October 1928 - / Cuttack / India)

Jayanta Mahapatra Poems

1. Sickles 3/22/2017
2. Traveler 3/22/2017
3. Myth 3/22/2017
4. Of that Love 3/22/2017
5. Genesis 3/22/2017
6. A Grey Haze Over the Ricefields 3/22/2017
7. Deaths in Orissa 3/22/2017
8. Sanskrit 12/27/2013
9. A Missing Person 3/22/2017
10. Twilight 12/27/2013
11. The Indian Way 12/27/2013
12. The Moon Moments 12/27/2013
13. Taste For Tomorrow 12/27/2013
14. Main Temple Street 12/27/2013
15. The Vase 12/27/2013
16. Grandfather 12/27/2013
17. The Captive Air Of Chandipur-On-Sea 12/27/2013
18. Summer 12/27/2013
19. A Rain Of Rites 12/27/2013
20. A Summer Poem 12/27/2013
21. Dhauli 12/27/2013
22. Ash 3/29/2012
23. Dawn At Puri 12/27/2013
24. Freedom 3/29/2012
25. Her Hand 3/29/2012
26. Hunger 3/29/2012
Best Poem of Jayanta Mahapatra

Hunger

It was hard to believe the flesh was heavy on my back.
The fisherman said: Will you have her, carelessly,
trailing his nets and his nerves, as though his words
sanctified the purpose with which he faced himself.
I saw his white bone thrash his eyes.

I followed him across the sprawling sands,
my mind thumping in the flesh's sling.
Hope lay perhaps in burning the house I lived in.
Silence gripped my sleeves; his body clawed at the froth
his old nets had only dragged up from the seas.

In the flickering dark his lean-to opened like a wound.
The wind ...

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Freedom

At times, as I watch,
it seems as though my country's body
floats down somewhere on the river.

Left alone, I grow into
a half-disembodied bamboo,
its lower part sunk
into itself on the bank.

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