Step by step

Let’s leave the morning sun and move forward

The nature can show as if more vibrant,

Some barren, some green patches, some rat holes

to take it into our soul, think if you will,

not to wait for the saddest dreams,

Then and there, the tiniest sounds, the stench

Water dripping down the drain pipes,

Canal water bubbling up through the gutters,

Sweep them all away, shadows are thickest,

Nothing to do with the warehouses and factories.

Searching way across, evening has taken roots,

This again? Yes or no, a narrow windowsill,

Step by step, one by one, in a twisted heap

Cooing birds, scurrying cats with their blue eyes,

should we equate odium and love?

To fear nothing, how strange it will be?

Night has fallen, the tree grows taller

A coated moon, a single leaf, a sheath,

This pathway, this barricade as black as ink,

Allow to go by, to passing safety at the end.

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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 “Step by step

  1. tapeshwar

    A gripping poem thicker of words and strong evocative feel … beyond words.

    A kind corollary … πŸ™‚ _()_


    To coating
    All lightness, wear
    A dark inside

    Thick cold
    smear murky air surround
    with eyes and words
    pinning a wider flash
    dark memory entwined

    To every silver lining
    at the end of
    Black rain

    Night falling
    Equating a sea-saw move;
    Earth running
    A rendezvous at the point of
    falling sky

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