Light and More Light

Before this vastness, we can still hold
the line of beauty and form within,
in a world as challenging as this one,
sharing the grief and trouble and finally
dance our sorrows away.

Strapped in grey surrounds, the distance
between the unheard voices increases,
you expect the light to go in silence,
what to do with the motion of the sea
yet hope glistens from afar.

There is stillness of the clouds,
music of water and the rock fracture,
capturing the ripples of life,
with an infinite coast lost in the aloofness
yet scripting soul stories.

Gopal Lahiri is a bilingual poet, critic, editor, writer and translator with 29 books published, including eight solo/jointly edited books. His poetry and prose are published across more than seventy journals and anthologies globally. His poems are translated in 16 languages. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2021. He has received Setu Excellence Award, Pittsburgh, US, in poetry. He is the first recipient of. Jayanta Mahapatra National Award for Literature, 2024. Read other articles by Gopal.