a leafy banyan tree near the river bank
on the elevated plateau, loosen the aerial roots
grow over the rocky surface,
as if dropping down the long tresses
trying to reach ground and survive.

a dark grey sky holding
sheets of clouds on her chest
for conditioning shadow of squabbles,
sweeping down the uneven slopes
rain drops on each and every limb of the city.

a small crowd gather under the tin shade
temple flowers get smeared in their hands,
a bit of moisture and soil,
footsteps climbing the stairwall for prayer
fighting for survival that we all are known.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Resilience

  1. lokesh roy

    i find the poem extremely philosophical, the roots of a banyan tree coming down and the climbing footsteps on the steps of a temple- what a juxtaposition ! simply outstanding !

  2. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for March 2014 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . Poem of the Month – * In Winter – Michael Yates *….. Highly Commended (tabulated alphabetically).. – * Bare Hands – Sangeeta Ajay*…..* For Jim Morrison – Ampat Koshy *…..* I Ran Out Of Words – Jan Christian Sorensen *…..* (A) New Life – Elizabeth Castillo *…..* Night – Samuel Cody Ford * -…..* Oneness – Lata Tewari * ….* Pendulum – Rahul Aithal *…..* (The) Rain – Ogunjimi O.Joel *…..* Resilience – Gopal Lahiri *…..* War And Peace – Saakshi Chanana…..* What You Cannot – Dom Kafle *…..* Vanity – Mary Annie *…..


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