Sunil Gangopadhyay

(7 September 1934 - / Faridpur / Bangladesh (British India))

Two Curses - Poem by Sunil Gangopadhyay

I once spat into the sea:
no one saw me, no one knew—
The froth of the impassioned waves
swept away my spit.
Yet sometimes I am embarrassed, after so many years I can hear
the sea curse me.

On the mail train's body I once chalked
a woman's profile:
no one saw me, no one knew—
in fact even the stars in her eyes were not there.
Before the train could cross a single station, impassioned rains came—
perhaps my sketch was washed away.
Yet sometimes I am embarrassed, after so many years I can hear
the mail train curse me.

When I walk the road every day, do I trample its heart?
When I catch a woman's nipple with my teeth, am I brutalising her?
Sipping wine on wintry mornings
do I represent an exploitative class interest?
Is it a sin to embrace Saraswati's idol in the first flush of adolescence?
I am still not sure about such things.
Yet I can distinctly hear
the sea and the mail train curse me.


Translated by Pritish Nandy.


Comments about Two Curses by Sunil Gangopadhyay

  • (3/14/2019 10:52:00 PM)

    A sentimental reflection of wrong things committed by a straight forward gentleman and their guilt lingering in his mind for years together. A wonderful confession. Congrats on well deserved modern poem of the Day. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/14/2019 11:06:00 AM)

    Impassioned waves of life! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/14/2019 7:43:00 AM)

    A masterpiece. Like to read again and again. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/14/2019 7:42:00 AM)

    Sick communist writer. No beauty in the poem, only perversion like communist society. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/14/2019 7:07:00 AM)

    A very good poem on the confusion between the right and the wrong (Report)Reply

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  • Nikita Gupta (3/14/2019 5:05:00 AM)

    Beauty in the curse.. (Report)Reply

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  • Kenneth Maswabi (3/14/2019 4:04:00 AM)

    Wow, it is a classic poem...i love it. Thank you very much. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (3/14/2019 3:42:00 AM)

    beautiful poem//
    //
    Look-
    If I do something according to my wish
    in best way,
    in welfare
    though they curse me
    because I did not follow them (their whimsical wish) !
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  • Adrian Flett (3/14/2019 3:41:00 AM)

    We often regret our actions (Report)Reply

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  • (3/14/2019 3:30:00 AM)

    Looks like a conversation with his own conscience. At the time one commits a wrong, its the passion that takes the upper hand. Later only one tends to think over it in a more fair manner. Very impressively presented poem. Thanks for sharing.x (Report)Reply

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  • Geoffrey Fafard (3/14/2019 2:22:00 AM)

    This is a fabulous poem.it seems the writer invites the reader to curse him as well...Love the tension, love the feeling love the subject and also the writing structure. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/14/2019 1:30:00 AM)

    A marvelous write by Sunil Gangopadhyay.......... (Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan Mishra (3/14/2019 1:13:00 AM)

    beautiful write, meaningful, the sea curse me, the train curse me. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 5, 2018



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