Guide

I’ve looked for you,

since creation was being conceptualised

and bare-bodied souls

lay

inert, each like a corpse

in an ancient, cosmic cauldron,

waiting for young clouds to caress

and twinkling stars to moisten them.

I’ve tried reaching out to you,

tiny tentacles,

rivers of smoke,

flowing from a fiery soul

zigzag-ing through cosmos

to find their way,

traversing barren heaths

that seemed to belong nowhere.

I hear your voice today,

a song,

a touch that haunts me

in the midst of screeching tyres

and life rushing by.

I wake up,

rise and hold your outstretched hand.

Will you show me the way?

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About Madhumita Ghosh

Studied at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. M.A. M.Phil Ph.D in English. Associate Professor in a degree college affiliated to Calcutta university. Love reading, writing poems and short stories. Translation is another passion Have translated English Romantic poetry to Bengali and Tagore poems to English.

7 thoughts on “Guide

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    An exquisitely constructed poetic narrative.My impression is that it might very well be “of a piece”,either a prequel or sequel connected to your most immediately preceding work which has a strikingly similar creative DNA,” Can you show me the way”. On a minor point,and it is no more than subjective, is in this instance the final line -“will you show me the way”-taking a little off of the cutting edge?

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  2. Madhumita Ghosh

    Many thanks Mr. Kasatkin for your appreciation. The two poems, Can you show… and Guide were written almost back to back, on two consecutive days. In the second poem I’ve suggested the self’s realization, of the possibility of the presence of a guiding light, an answer perhaps to the self’s search for a way to salvation, or rather inner peace. Hence, the the question “Can you show me the way” becomes here “Will you show me the way.”
    Thanks again.

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  3. Maya Dearth

    I love the beauty of the sharply contrasting sound images ….. traversing barren heaths

    that seemed to belong nowhere.

    I hear your voice today,

    a song,

    a touch that haunts me

    in the midst of screeching tyres

    and life rushing by.

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  4. Louis Kasatkin

    This poem comprises one of the twelve chosen for inclusion in ” PICK OF THE POEMS “,an Editorial selection of the best poems posted during January 1 – March 31 here at Destiny Poets. Our Facebook page carried the original announcement on Saturday,17 November.PICK OF THE POEMS:QUARTERLY 2012 RETROSPECTIVE.
    ” PICK OF THE POEMS ” ,is an Editorial Selection of the best poems posted at http://www.destinypoets.co.uk in each quarter of 2012. Each quarter’s Selection will comprise 12 posts,tabulated in alphabetical order.We start with the 1st.quarter’s poems posted between January 1st.- March 31st. * Alice and The Hatter – Susie Bertie….* Dad I saw you well
    – Jan C.Sorensen….* Daughter’s Freedom – Audrey Lines…. * Freezing Night – Iulia Gherghei….* Fused – Umarani Jayaraj….* Genesis – Reena Prasad….* Guide – Madhumita Ghosh….* Lindy Hop – Sunil Sharma….* My life partner – Lokesh Roy….* Naive Heart – Gina Mcknight….* Spring – Elizabeth Hexberg….* Time Travel – Hollie Bolster. Enjoy , share and comment.

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