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On His Birthday

A Poem by:

Shimanta Bhattacharyya

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The sun peers through windowpanes


Like the household cat

Who lets himself in through magic portals

After a night’s murderous binge.


The ceaseless ticking of the clock

Shatters the ethereal peace

Of delightful sleep-

(After a spell of insomnious tumult-)

With crass indifference.


There were times when lengthening shadows spread gloom-

Ah, how often we leapt out of bed

Just to watch the glorious sunrise

And the naughty gambols of playful lambs

Upon lush green meadows.


And now, twenty summers later,

One hardly takes notice of the full-grown lambs

Grazing upon the yellowing fields:

Only the grass

At the foot of the telegraph pole is green!


Shimanta Bhattacharyya
Copyright © 2005

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