There was bonhomie…
Was there?

There was sympathy…
Was there?

There was love…
Was there?

Bonhomie, sympathy, love
Finer humane qualities

Crushed by time’s marauding
Chariot that left a trail
Of dust as it passed…

The dust has submerged
The soul. The vision
Lost. I look for


The empty road stares
At me as the wind plays
With fallen dry leaves!

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, writer, poet, translator and blogger. His blog is “Existential Problems”. His poems and prose have been published by several on=line publications including Dissident Voice, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Setu Magazine, Pangolin Review, Visual Verse, etc. Pranab has coauthored a book of poems, titled Air & Age; a translation of a book of Bengali short stories, “Bougainvillea and Other Stories” (English translation title). His second book of poems and first solo book, “Soul Searching and Other Poems” (2017), was published by Scarlet Leaf Publishing, Toronto. His second collection of poems, “Vision of the World and Other Poems”, was published by in November 2020. Read other articles by Pranab.