Moribund City

Town, towers, and bridges invite urban scrawl
Its wounds, its bleeding contours
of the green footprints flow down,
the imprisoned air suffocates the lungs
muddled, wrinkled.

The steel sky in stains of grey and grey
something distant,
the longing of the past sweetness,
the discarded words take the body
of resistance in exchange.

Everybody is drowned in silence
noiseless leaves flutter
stars are blown and broken into
shards, inside my skin
folding its own shining maps and lines
in this moribund city.

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.