And turning

Loose strands of life

Withered leaves

And old newsprint


Tales of thrift and loss

Now swept by a storm

They circle

Chasing one another

Never finding a path

A blind twirl of fate

And you are central

The eye of the storm

Pulled into

A vortex free

Loop after loop closing in on you



And choking

You squint

Screw up your eyes

To see

High and dry

There go the behemoths

Walking the walk

And talking the talk.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Maelstrom

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    There’s certainly a lot of violent or implicitly violent activity in progress;the time honoured phrase,”Winds of change”,(are they real winds?)comes to mind.It feels like an allegorical commentary on our times,”tales of thrift and loss”,etc.And the conclusion,”there go the behemoths,walking the walk..” put me in mind of the Tripods in HG Wells’ “War of the Worlds”.

  2. Madhumita Ghosh

    Thanks Louis Kasatkin for your observations on the poem. True, in today’s world ridden with all kinds of violence, ‘winds of change’ ushering in hints of improvement/betterment is much needed.
    The Tripods were alien fighting machines, whereas in my poem the behemoths are the grossly huge superpowers who have created and are relentlessly working at maintaining such a system that life gets hopelessly sucked into a dark vortex.
    Thanks again for your well-observed comments.

  3. Mohamed Umar Farooq

    Thats a fabulous composition… My kind of poem… loved reading it and made me presume that at some juncture we have certain similar factors in composing such poems.. talk of the contemporary scenario , you and me have it buzzing in our brains… a little uncomfortable and cynical outlook towards the happenings around us.. skeptical shouts indeed is the need of the hour!

  4. Madhumita Ghosh

    Thanks Mohammed Umar Farooq for a fabulous comment. Aren’t we all sharing this angst? True, as you’ve said, we do feel uncomfortable in the present scenario, particularly urban, and cynicism is a natural reaction. I reciprocate your feeling of us having certain similar factors in our response to contemporary life. Thanks again, friend!

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