Life Is Beautiful

Darkness lies awake in its lair
At the turn of the street
Where the blocks of houses
In a manicured row,
A terrace so neat
You thought they were painted,
Where the blocks of houses
Dissipate in a thick black paint.
Darkness lies in ambush in its lair
Where a dozen street dogs
After a dog day afternoon
Huddle in a collective vigilant sleep
Near the rickety grocery shop
With its corrugated iron shutter.
Darkness lies waiting in its lair
For the lonely passerby
Who hums a casual tune
Dangles his arms
Eyes focused on a specific nothing
As he totters down the road
His fingers clutching
The wads of notes in his pocket.
Darkness sits up in its lair
A silver moonbeam as it flashes,
Smarts and blinds its eyes
It gropes and groans
And runs to save its life
As the sun rises,
Shrouding the world
In a bright muslin light.

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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 “Life Is Beautiful

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    This has a very visual/film-like quality about it.Once upon a time a fellow poet here in Wakefield(poetry capital of Yorkshire!) a short series of mine was dubbed “Poetry Noir” and its a tag I still like to use now and again.”Life is Beautiful” IS Poetry Noir.

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  2. Madhumita Ghosh Post author

    Thank you Louis for including my poem into that genre that boasts of much celebrated poetry of today. Thanks also for appreciating the visual quality in the poem.

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  3. Madhumita Ghosh Post author

    Humour? in the lines in this poem, Umarani? A second reading of the poem would be much appreciated.

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  4. Umarani Jayaraj

    The whole theme about Darkness (as waiting in its lair,sits upin its lair,and fginally runs to safe its life ) & Sunshine driving away it —indeed an optimistic theme ,aptly titled,”LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL”.
    I perceived the humour in the way the settings were depicted,not humour in the theme…these instances of depiction I foound it humorous :
    First Instance:
    In a manicured row,
    A terrace so neat
    You thought they were painted,

    second instance :
    Where a dozen street dogs
    After a dog day afternoon

    third instance :
    Eyes focused on a specific nothing

    fourth instance :
    And runs to save its life

    And finally ,I am reminded of a quote ,“To leave the reader free to decide what your work means, that’s the real art; it makes the work inexhaustible.” –Ursula K. Le Guin, USA……Yes ,I feel a piece of writing can be perceived in any way as per the mental state/understanding levels/poetic quotient of a reader….we cant expect all the readers to be on the same plane…..and we cat expect the exact message is received or not…Sometimes,it happens that they totally get a new meaning out of it…..These ae all the nuances or beauty of art I believe !! Correct me anywhere ,if I am wrong<& Thanks fr the critical questionings ,which made me express ,my humble thoughts Madhu Ji !

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  5. Madhumita Ghosh Post author

    “To leave the reader free to decide what your work means, that’s the real art; it makes the work inexhaustible.” Absolutely so, Ms.Umarani. I fully agree with you. My heartfelt thanks to you for a patient reading and such a detailed analysis of the poem. My questioning your comment came spontaneously as I was quite intrigued by your observation and was really interested to know more from you on the poem in question. Thank you for your well-observed comment.

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  6. Umarani Jayaraj

    Thankful I am Madhu Ji ! Putting my points across before an authority in the field is not easy I believe ! & The greatest part of you ,that you have received it with all your gracefulness & inturn motivated me how a true artist should be in encouraging ! |
    I learn a lot from you Madhumita Ji & indebted fr our association n interactions ..
    The curiosity /intriguing part you were mentioning,is fully understood ,as every creator is restless enough to know what impact the work makes on the readers’ mind ! No one is an exception in this scenario! Thanks ,once again Madhu Ji ,for your time & patience .

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