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Sayantani Bhattacharya

Aug 22, 2020 | Poetry | 0 comments

Translated from the Bengali by Manjish Roy  

The farewell of rain

I place my hand on water
By the edges of the moon
The plaintive songs of the moonlight…
The soft matter comes to fill the sticky world
With an exuberant waves of liberation
The clumsy stork sheds the fever
Embraces the warmth, melting the corpse

Oh materialistic workforce…Still the showers
of uniformity!
The colors…the moist sky, pours down
Blood in guise rain

In search of honey

My ocean knows the domestic ballads
Where he blends the summer
With the salted fish, and devours
The night grows darker,
With blood clotted crown of sexual desires
Like a brittle skeleton, my humble pen
Sinks into the obscure bowels
The beastly skull tears away my passion
The age has turned into almighty
Burning under water

The moonlit fields shine far away
My cold world of indifference

I beg for a handful of sunlight
Smoldering under the ashes

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Sayantani Bhattacharya

Sayantani Bhattacharya

Sayantani Bhattacharya is a writer by profession and passion. Her poems, short stories, novels, post editorials, articles are published in numerous renowned Bengali magazines, little magazines and newspapers. She has 5 collections of Poems and 1 short story collection, got Samatat sahitya Puraskar in the year 2015 and Shaiba Bharati award in the year 2016. Participated in ‘Young Writers Festival’ organized by ‘Sahitya Academy’ in the year 2015 in Agartala, Tripura.


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