Anindya Mukhopadhyay

Rookie - 99 Points (Kolkata, West Bengal)

Nightmare - Poem by Anindya Mukhopadhyay

I mark this midnight's metropolitan:
Damp and dark like prison

They threat her square life,
Circumscribed by seven toxic vice

That corrodes one natural good-
With changing subject and predicate

Guide us to our graves,
Not dug in country churchyards

But which deep-rooted within
Dull hole of your brain;

Reduces us to our shade
Haunting lone streets, living-dead.

(First composed: August,2015)

Topic(s) of this poem: corruption, dominance, rape

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poet is here concerned with sexual assault of women and similar incidents increasing at an alarming rate in the city day by day. The poem is an attempt to diagnose into the root cause behind this disease.

To begin with, he likens the midnight's metropolis to a dark and narrow prison cell of masculine domination which threaten her calm, safe existence in a world limited by seven deadly sins that decays in the process the essential virtue of any human.

Again, it is these vice that drives our destiny towards our destruction and death, not physically but psychologically in unmasking the ‘Freudian Id' - those suppressed animal instincts hidden beneath the human conscience, resulting in chaos.

Such heinous crime on our part gradually reduce our value and significance as a humane individual to a mere shadow of it and we are left to loiter about lone streets as morally corrupt persons.

Finally, the title ‘Nightmare' is striking and suggestive of one central idea conveyed through the poem.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 28, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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