Living Inside

Sitting under strip light holding an empty bowl
A leisurely exploration of the street corner,
The Jamun tree well cooked in the sun-

Living inside, their trials and tender moments
Reveals nothing but smeared faces, the noise,
Scruffy dirt, dingy land, charcoal darkness
Never sleeps, never stops the barking dog.

Sitting too close, staring too long at unknown
Everyone can have an access and an opinion
The tiny camera fixes a whizzing taxi.

In the night the moon swells and tear apart
The shadow path of the hidden stars
An attempt to escape in silence

Holding hands with the one you love
Of people we will never meet
Deflowered by force and thrown out
All eyes reflect a defeated dream.

The shame falters against the tight deadline
The life undone and forged anew
In the flawless breezy morning light.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Living Inside

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” Living Inside ” , has many poetic strengths and qualities with which to
    delight the dedicated reader. It has an engaging style of ,” life reportage ”
    capturing or highlighting a decisive moment. Were poems photographs ,then
    this would resemble work by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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  2. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for August 2013 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . **** Poem of the Month..****..is.. **Tapestry,silhouettes and ink – Iulia Gherghei **…In the Category of Highly Commended,(tabulated alphabetically)…**How many men? – Mary Annie **….**Indifferent,am I? – Geetha Ravindran **….**Living inside – Gopal Lahiri **….**Logorithm of a tree -Marieta Maglas **….**Louis Kasatkin 2 -Ampat Koshy **….**My Sister – Jan Phillips **….**Poignant – Ramesh Anand **….**(The)Puppet 3 – Sana Rose **….**This Independence Day – Nalini Srivastava **….**Trust – Srishti Sharma **….**Verses for you – Fathima Manal **….**When Twin Flames Meet – Elizabeth Castillo **…. ***The ICOP Poetry Critic (Bi-Monthly) for July/August is Gopal Lahiri…***

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