By Amritendu Ghosal
THE VILLAGE REMEMBERS DEVOTION An unhooked summer evening A few shops bob atop the bubbles of drowsiness The lanes are dim The seventy-year-old grocery man Opens a steel can of ghee For his friend --The cream is good Homemade-- he says. His friend in grey trousers and a white shirt Buys two cigarettes, a box of matches and a five-rupee pack of butter biscuits. My heart pings to the sky and pongs back Who would suspect that the world was on fire? The stars while away a few more minutes Smoking in the back alley Before broadcasting intergalactic lessons On space, time and proportion. Night descends The cows are back in the shed I hear, floating in with the western breeze Kirtan songs from the temple at the top of the hill Where they say Vishnu had set his foot So long ago nobody could tell exactly how long. The sweet cymbals mingle with the resonant dhol The eternal rhythm keeps playing The children fall asleep in the village.
Amritendu Ghosal works as an Assistant Professor in Department of English at Anugrah Memorial College, Gaya. He has completed his doctoral research from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and has worked as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. His poems have appeared in Ucity Review, Mad Swirl, Visions, Shot Glass Journal, The Tipton Poetry Review, The Sunflower Collective etc.
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