Unto

11816174_10155939794430608_7546630364099130379_oPart of me instills the fear that one day
Ambling on the bank of plush green lake,
In lukewarm and sultry shadows
of banyan and peepal,
Would be my last, and
my footsteps on soft mud
smeared, overstepped.

Well, as much as disillusioned perpetual reality
Eternity may seem like,
Isn’t exactly what I nurture,
Standing in front of a wall
erected two hundred years ago,
Makes me fall in love
with my own wrinkles.

Adorned with jewels of
Dahlia, Bougainvillea or seasonal Marigolds
I float in silence of smell and
the fluttering of wings
Of sparrows, babblers, herons, mynas
Reminds me that one evening
I won’t be returning home with them.

Hooting of owls unnerve me
that my time has come,
which is when it hits me
fear is an important aphrodisiac
and I wake up with the hammering of woodpeckers.


Join me on my Poetics prompt on Dversepoets. Today I invite you to write about what connects you to where you were born and if you want to come back, as a tribute to the great poet – Jibananda.


16 thoughts on “Unto

  1. Banyans are my favorite tree…I could picture you walking among them. So many beautiful images in this Ahbra. I especially love the last verse. Your hammering heart was the woodpecker as you awakened…funny how life enters our dreams. Your words are so sensitive and beautiful.

  2. I love the nature images and sounds Abhra ~ There is grace and acceptance that one’s time is up ~ This part moved me:

    Makes me fall in love
    with my own wrinkles.

  3. Yes, I picked up on the wrinkle line too. Thank you. I’ll give mine some love later.
    Altogether a beautiful poem bursting with colourful activity and quite profound too.
    I wish you endless woodpeckers.

  4. I love the portion about falling in love with wrinkles…yes!

    And this:

    “I float in silence of smell and
    the fluttering of wings
    Of sparrows, babblers, herons, mynas
    Reminds me that one evening
    I won’t be returning home with them.”

    This is so bitter-sweet…thank you, for the wonderful challenge and your beautiful words!

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