Dirge of the Hills:Darjeeling

You walk down the long and winding ways
And you watch
The first flush of dawn
Paint the glimmering silver
With a rich crimson hue,
The clouds far away still asleep
In another land beyond the sky
The indulging hills play with the birds
And resonate to the beats of the gong
Sounding from a monastery meditating nearby.
And you hear
The winds play on the dulcimer
As the conifers stand tall
Looking lovingly at the acorns
Playing at their feet.
And you see
Clouds arrive from nowhere
To softly embalm the valleys deep down
Impregnate them with lush green growth,
And the hills dance in their souls with nascent joy
To the sound of a harmonious melody
Embellished at night with dazzling diamonds
Never weary for a morning tomorrow,
And you shudder
At Cain wielding a knife
In a fierce carnal desire to possess it all.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Dirge of the Hills:Darjeeling

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    “Fierce carnal desire to possess it all” was a really striking conclusion to a work that contained combinations I seldom encounter,;the notion of hills playing with birds,for instance or clouds embalming a valley.conifers looking at acorns.Lots and lots of Spiritual metaphors and allegories.

  2. Louis Kasatkin

    EDITORIAL NOTE:- This is to acknowledge that ” Dirge of the Hills:Darjeeling ” was 1 of 4 especially chosen poems by 4 especially chosen contributing Poets,to be our very first “Featured Poets and Poems” of the Poets’ Corner@Destinty Church ,the occasion being marked by the Lord Mayor of Wakefield,Councillor Ms.Ros Lund inaugurating this pioneering initiative at 11 am on 11th. January,2012.

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