Walking Through the Poetic Path with Samar Sen and Shakti Chattopadhyay

LITERARY CORNER

Samar Sen and Shakti Chattopadhyay were gifted poets. With deep symbolism and brilliant use of metaphors, they take us to the deeper layers of human consciousness—its archetypes, its longing, its prayers. The New Leam believes that in this prosaic world we need the grace of poetry; it alone can soften us, and illumine our consciousness.

Samar Sen and Shakti Chattopadhyay

History

I called you: Come

leave behind your grey existence and come to me

across the tired stillness of your night

for here the glowing hope of dawn quivers

and the mountains turn blue at night;

when the deep darkness of the seas descend

the stars shine like blue flames

in the unyielding loneliness of the skies

You keep quiet and smiled

and in that tired poised smile of yours

I felt the restless impassioned sorrow of night.

  •  SAMAR SEN

Translated from Bengali by Pritish Nandy.


Just Once

Try to love just once—

you will see that in the river, stones fall from the breasts

of fish.

Stones, stones and water of river and sea

blue stones turn red, red turn blue—

try to love just once.

It is better to have some stones in the heart—

each sound made receives an echo.

  •  SHAKTI CHATTOPADHYAY

Translated from Bengali by Meenakshi Mukherjee

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