Souren Mondal

Gold Star - 31,507 Points (10th November 1991 / Chandannagar)

Poet In Transition - Poem by Souren Mondal

I am a poet in transition,
who still has the plasma cover around him
and yet can travel miles,

Miles,

until the chord pulls me back and shows me my
Limits.

But I am arrogant,
and pretend to be bold,

This boldness is feigned
I am an ostrich trying to hide myself
from predators...

Yet,
What makes one a poet?
Is it the poet's emotions or objectivity?
Is it memories of a love that
never worked out or an endless love for the entire humanity?

Tender regrets or great satisfaction of completing a poem?

Or,
Is it,
Just words - right words placed in right
places,
each one chosen like a general chooses his
Soldiers,

each move made with the dexterity of a chess
grandmaster,
And then placed in the right slots to solve the
puzzle that a poem is

A poem is a solved puzzle that becomes only
a piece in a bigger puzzle when the reader reads it.

So,
Why do call myself a 'poet in transition'?

Because my writings (poems if they are) reveal more than what they hide...
Unless it goes the other way around,
it will always be like this:

I will be poet in transition,
Waiting for the metamorphoses to complete,
to turn into a butterfly from a caterpiler
The shell finally to be broken,

But now my poems are just solved puzzles

Topic(s) of this poem: poetry

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Poet In Transition by Souren Mondal

  • Valsa George (12/1/2015 12:42:00 AM)

    Just words - right words placed in right
    places,
    each one chosen like a general chooses his
    Soldiers,

    each move made with the dexterity of a chess
    grandmaster,
    And then placed in the right slots to solve the
    puzzle that a poem is

    Solved Puzzle!


    What a deep and profound definition of a poem! I have fallen in love with this write! Yes, from a chrysalis, you can easily grow into a butterfly and the world will be delighted at the sight of the soaring beauty! This deserves more than ten! 10+++++++
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  • Bakuli Bhakali (11/26/2015 10:18:00 AM)

    well explained..well answered rhetorical questions
    well written like all your poems i read.10
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    Souren Mondal(11/29/2015 10:37:00 PM)

    Thank you Bakuli :)

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/25/2015 3:31:00 PM)

    Very much thoughtful piece of work with wise interest shared here that attracts attention. Each movement of poem makes a poet grand-master definitely. Turning into a butterfly from a Caterpillar makes life easier. Nice sharing....10 (Report)Reply

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  • Pamela Sinicrope (10/19/2015 2:39:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed reading this thoughtful piece on what a poem and what a poet is. I agree with Kelly, it is all always in transition! And YES, I see your writing transitioning positively. The imagery of the chess player was great! I think that poems evolve in so many ways, whether or not there are rules applied to their construction. I also love the imagery regarding poem as puzzle to be solved or to generate a larger puzzle...that the fun of poetry..in my opinion. One note: Your last two poems are both pretty amazing...revise them and get rid of the typos. I often go back and correct typos...they don't change the meaning, they just keep the reader focused on the poem, rather than the typos. Break that shell! Bravo! (Report)Reply

    Souren Mondal(10/25/2015 11:53:00 PM)

    Thank you Pam.. I guess poemhunter and I have such a passive agressive, love-hate relationship that it rarely allows me to correctly edit my poems.. I contacted the admins and hope this gets better :)

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  • Kelly Kurt (10/17/2015 11:27:00 AM)

    A poet is always in transition. A human is always in transition. That is the state of everything.
    Keep writing and transition positively, Souren.
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    Souren Mondal(10/17/2015 6:26:00 PM)

    Thank you Kelly.. We are always growing indeed...

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  • (10/17/2015 6:36:00 AM)

    Or. is it, just words placed in right places
    Each one chosen like a general chooses his soldiers.? .
    Such sort of things, in my opinion, can not be comparable with a poem.
    I feel that a poet inducts a soul of it's own in his poem and any poem with a soul becomes a master piece. Otherwise the thing called poem remains a write with line below line saying some thing dry, not touching reader's heart.7 points.
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    Souren Mondal(10/18/2015 11:36:00 PM)

    Thank you for your kind assessment and rating.. I appreciate it..

    P: S: Just to clarify/ defend myself, I used the analogy of 'general/soldiers' because I wanted to convey that at times writing poetry can be like fighting a war, i.e. think about a writers block.. To compose in such conditions can be no less stressful than fighting a war.. Maybe, I wasn't clear enough to make it understandable or it didn't work out well..

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 17, 2015


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