Can we light up the night?

The shafts of the light ripple out to the corner

Words deeper or shallower ripping through,

The stunning silence of the long windy night

We see what we need to see; is that all around?


Tall lean trees receding in the spreading dark

All the leaves conspire to hide the real fact,

The truth of muted tears and silver sleepy moon

Barely move between two soaring electric posts.


The faint trace of beauty, perhaps we miss a lot,

The indrawn breath, the mystery cast a spell,

These aren’t always what they seem to mean. 

We do not want to lose that moment anymore.


The cluster of bushes looks fuzzy in the miasma

The lazy water of the pond reflecting last sight,

These little things mean so much to all of us

Can we make a change/ can we light up the night?

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About gopallahiri

Gopal Lahiri, a bilingual poet from India, has been writing poetry for more than twenty years. He has had five poetry collections in Bengali (mother tongue) and five collections in English. His poems appeared in print and electronic publications worldwide. He is a regular contributor of poems in several poetry web sites and magazines.

2 thoughts on “Can we light up the night?

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    I found this an intensely reflective and philosophical work. It contemplates the notion of “loss” and of our inattentiveness which does cause us to miss things that otherwise we may have benefitted from. It also,in my view,addresses the role of the poet,the writer,the artist, that even when they are giving of their best and adding spiritual/emotional/cognitive value,they too only “see what we need to see”.


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