By Milan Mondal
The rails are still there
To carry the train.
The clattering is heard—
But there is no rhythm anymore,
For it does not reach the ears of Apu and Durga*.
The smog has transported the kaash*
And fails to transplant it.
Apu and Durga are no longer free
To run through the furrow
For the pavement has anaesthetized their gentle feet.
*Apu and Durga: This is a reference to the young village children in The Mango Whistle, a novel called Aamer Anthhi in Bengali, by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay.
*Kaash : Long grass or reed
Milan Mondal, Assistant Professor in English at Narajole Raj College (Narajole, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India) is a young bilingual (English and Bengali) writer of poetry and short stories. The major themes of his creative writings include ‘partition’, ‘diaspora’, ‘psychoanalysis’ ‘existentialism’ etc. Some of his poems have been published in reputed magazine.
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