in the shadow of a knife

a tree cut all its leaves in a rage

in aversion, in deception

to face it head on

in fire and decay

watching it burn, watching it turns red…


tears itself into broken braches

shudder and shiver in gale

shame and self-destruction

spank and smash

creepy, crawly, mossy smile

a failure is a failure is a failure…


in one body, in one touch

still want to stand tall

still want to give shelter

still want to plant a kiss

with each other near

not to know, wants to breathe well.

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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 “Shadow

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” Shadow ” seems to be related to some degree to the post accompanying this one, “Our Landscape”. Here the purposes and intentions of the tree are made explicit,and so the poetic adventure goes deeper into the exciting domain of magic realist/fantasy influenced narrative.


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