Abstract yet veer down to living realities

Poetry Editor ANANYA S GUHA’s note:

 

Tapati Baruah Kasyap’s poems are abstract yet veer down to living realities such as the death of a young student who was killed in a bomb blast and who sold vegetables to pay his college fees – or the beauty of Jatinga where there is a mysterious ‘suicide’ of birds. A widely published poet Tapati Baruah Kasyap brings into her poems a sensory and visual craft. Her poems have received accolades by writers such as the late Niranjan Mohanty and Mitra Phukan. She has also been awarded for her translations and journalism.

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Peace of Silence

 

For the sake of peace

I have sacrificed everything-

My anger as well as my regrets.

Cocooned in silence,

I fail to make any protest.

Facts have been juggled

Judgement made.

I know the truth, but I seldom react.

My dignity lies there.

An existence is a

Reluctant soldier’s strife.

Gusty winds have been blowing

Over the earth,

Making everything silent,

My pride too.

I now realise the price of my existence,

Losing freedom for peace in silence.

Hidden truth and shattered faith

Are my two new friends.

(Published in The Journal of the Poetry Society, India, Vol.11, No.2, Winter 2000)

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For Hiren

 

(A student killed in a bomb blast, who sold vegetables to pay his college fees)

Your ailing sister

Is waiting for you

Since you had promised her

Better treatment as money would come.

 

Your mother is still trying

To tell herself

It is a rumour,

It can’t be true.

 

Who could he be who had placed

A bagful of death in your vegetable stall?

 

Who could he be who thought

He’d win a battle with your life?

 

You sacrificed your life

For whom? And for what?

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A Day beside the City

 

Say it’s simply beautiful

The pigeons overhead remind me

Of ways of looking ahead.

I float in thought

Like the birds in the sky

The place is nice and green.

Beside the city, I am not

So far from the crowds

The green place soothes….

Every corner of my heart.

Birds are everywhere in the sky

Like people in the earth.

The trees standing around me

Proud of their quiet existence.

A better place for both

Human beings and birds.

The place- adequate to refine one’s

Mind and body.

The place- created by God.

Preserved by nature and

 Unpolluted by civilization.

The place- that destroys human

Ills and helps-

Civilization moves forward.

(Replica, October-December, 2000)

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How can I recognize you?

 

How can I recognize you?

The physical entity easily recognized,

Not easy to recognize a soul.

How can I recognize you?

So near we were, yet after your demise,

We find it very difficult to locate you.

Even to the soul’s innermost language.

Human relations built upon physical entity,

Like a house on the ground.

What is the medium of recognizing our soul’s language?

Is silence the only way?

With tearful eyes, I was sitting

That evening, on the occasion of my birthday.

Suddenly, I heard a knock at my door.

My father’s 96-year-old cousin stood in front of me.

I was overwhelmed.

Was it a message from God?

I was stuck in search of audible words!

(From my third collection of poems Winding Ways, published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata)

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Sunset at Jatinga

 

The beauty crafted by God,

This is Jatinga,

The child of Nature…

Silence, accompanied by the cold wind,

Brought a feeling

of pleasure and pain alike…

The magnificent look of the Borail

Standing undefeated,

Protecting the villagers inside…

The sunset,

Like the sunrise,

Not possible,

To define…

It is really beautiful,

More beautiful

Than the Heaven

Above,

The sun then disappears,

With a bold promise,

For a bright tomorrow.

(Jatinga: A village in the Barail mountains in Assam famous for the bird suicide mystery)

 

 

tapatiDr Tapati   Baruah   Kashyap is a teacher and researcher of English literature. She is a prolific writer and contributes articles in English and Assamese. Her works include poetry collections – Peace of Silence, A Discovery,  Winding Ways – and books – Female Voice in Assamese Poetry and Nari Tumi Ananya. Dr Kashyap received the prestigious Kunjabala Devi Memorial Award (2004) and Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity ( 2010-11).

 

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha works in the Indira Gandhi National Open University, Shillong (Meghalaya) as an Academic Administrator. He has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. He has six collections of poetry and his forms have been published world wide. Some of his poems are due to appear soon in an Anthology of Indian Poetry in English to be published by Harper Collins.