Shimanta Bhattacharyya Poems

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1.
Kashmir

Iridescent drops of blood
Gleaming like scattered beads
Upon a desert of virgin snow
Bear a mute testimony
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2.
The Unfinished Man

He dreams about a blue house
With a red roof
And mangoes that burn
Like hundred watt bulbs
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3.
A Lament For Their Eyes

(For my ULFA brethren who are either dead, dying or will die)

They want to shut their eyes, they cannot
The red, lidless eyes gape like festering wounds
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4.
Virus* (For Sylvia Plath)

(On first viewing a computerized image of the foot and mouth virus)

I hardly look like the rose:
The inflorescent crown
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5.
Words

A tempest of violent syllables
A deluge of throttled sounds
Sweeping through a limitless demesne
Of births deaths resurrections
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6.
Between Bomb Blasts

After the explosion, the silence blithely
Resurrects itself. There is no report of casualties.
People are so used to being blown to bits these days:
Prayers shiver down sodden wicks on Divali*.
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7.
Every Afternoon (For Sita)

Every afternoon
I lean my eyes
Against the bright blue rim of the sea
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8.
And In The Human Heart

There is a certain emptiness
In the human heart I cannot fathom.
Nothing grows there–
Except the hollow beat of despair
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9.
To The Muse

Ours is a love-hate relationship
Pivoting about dawn & dusk, hope & despair, life & death

That we have got along with each other tolerably well
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10.
Now


(For Maolcolum Bascher)

The sun steals indoors searchingly–
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