Eyes Half-shut


Dreamless night

Assuming fancies

Of possibilities

Dreams indecipherable.

In a mirror black

A dirty moon


In a dirtier sky.


Inalert day

Speaking of promises

Unkept and broken

Reassuming pleasures

In eyes utterly vapid.

A persistent shadow


With a burden of memories.

The mirror black


The soul of the sun

Storms up a dust

And covers

The face of the moon

Day and night merge

Into an undefinable mass

Of hours.


Dreamless at night


Inalert in day

I remain


Eyes half-shut.

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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 “Eyes Half-shut

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    It conveys to me,the reader, strands of what could possibly be delirium/dreaming/insomnia;one condition feeding into the other.with references to external things such as the sun and moon,the reader’s own attempt at understanding the cause and nature of the poem’s disquiet are rendered conditional.”A mirror black” is a very distinctive turn of phrase that I was listening to only the other day. The song,”Black Mirror” on Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”album. And indeed their lyrics are not entirely dissimilar.

  2. Madhumita Ghosh

    Thanks very much Louis Kasatkin. Neither have I heard the song, nor read the lyrics, nor have I heard of the group/band. I find mirrors very intriguing, with references to them in many of my poems and I happen to have two framed black mirrors at home, the reflection of light in them seems pale and unreal. I take the comparison as a huge compliment. Thank you.

    1. Louis Kasatkin

      I too find it a tad cryptic Ron.Would you care to elaborate or expound on the merest thread of “delirium will suffice”which was part of my original observations of the poem itself?

  3. Madhumita Ghosh

    Could you elaborate on your comment please Ron Gabbott? I’m afraid I do not quite get what you wish to say.

  4. Madhumita Ghosh

    I expected Ron to come up with an elaboration on his previous cryptic comment. I hope he is satisfied with my commentary on my poem which is that the poem depicts the state of urban consciousness. Yes, in a stupor, when the consciousness is foggy and eyes half-shut to the pressing realities of life. And when the mind is not alert, disjointed and malformed ideas of self and surroundings are expressed incoherently through a delirium.


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