Sonnet Mondal’s poems are real and stark

POETRY COLUMN

 

POETRY EDITOR ANANYA S GUHA WRITES:

 

Sonnet Mondal’s poems are nostalgic. They evoke an unabashed love for the rural as contrary to the urban. This is their dialectic. They infuse images of nature and the countryside. The poems evoke images at once real and stark. The reader may find love, and longing here but at best the poems are conundrums.

 

 

My Chained Faith

 

 The far-flung whistle of the colliery

and of the Calcutta-mail

calls me every day after dinner.

 

The train’s shrill echo and

rhythmic melody of wheels

form a sublime image of

the girl out of my dreams,

waving and smiling;

screaming and crying;

standing and waiting

just for me amidst grasses,

trees and hedges that wave

in solitude and hope.

 

The curvature of the lopsided land

plays hide and seek along with

the clouds and moon blurring realism.

My belief is incurable and so is

the facade of pleasure that I show

while I follow compellingly,

the whistle of the colliery.

 

My faith lies in the train,

in the wilderness and

the vaporous figure of my love

while my whims are chained

with famine and society

that may identify me as a mad

once I leave my job and run

into the hazy backwoods.

 

 

On a Rain Bleached Day

 

Painted in its own course

This rain bleached sky re-recites a morning

Of cornflakes, school dress and the alarming wait

Of the horn

The horn of the school bus,

Splashing through waterlogged potholes

(an ever piercing bug of punctuality).

 

Same reel of outmoded records

propounded by saintly sanity of winds

calms my waywardness into

a restlessness of melancholy.

 

Twisted neck towards the cassette

plays a thin tune out of a chained gramophone

(far afield cries of souls)

And it’s a loneliness standing beside me

by the balcony attached window

murmuring an intone to spread

its effect

to the dancing trees into a quarrel of stillness

to the shivering stray dogs

to the fallen fruits in storm.

 

Am I the chosen performer today

to perform the songs of loneliness

for those maidens who come as air, fragrances

and move apart

as the vapour-lost clouds, spreading apart

by the lining of a peeping sun?

 

 

Unusual Shiver in Winter Days

 

She was a creeping winter,-

coiling and settling into the wardrobe

of my lined collections

 

of cassettes and clothes

(Scattered in a bachelor’s room)

 

Suits arranged by brands

fragranced by sensuous nights

brought by you molded me

into a gentleman

below uncombed hairs

and unwashed hands.

 

I was into lessons to be clean

while

I was feeding on my love.

 

From a scrappy life

beside a pond

abound with weeping cranes

she was the only fish

in front of my hungry beaks.

 

Short-lived and destructive

as most pleasures are

I am wedged back

back into an untidy shiver

 

 from an act worthy of no mercy.

 

 ABOUT SONNET MONDAL

sonnet_mondalSonnet Mondal is an Indian poet and editor of the younger generation. He has authored 8 books of poetry, the latest being Ink and Line co authored with Sukrita Paul Kumar. His works have been included in the editions of The Sheepshead Review (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay), The Penguin Review (Youngstown State University), Two Thirds North (Stockholm University), Nth Position, Fox Chase Review, The Stremez (Supported by The Ministry of Culture, Macedonia), California State Poetry Quarterly (California State Poetry Society), The Thing Itself Journal(Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas) and Dark Matter Journal(University of Houston-Downtown) to name a few. He was featured in Famous Five in India Today magazine in 2010 and was long listed in “The Forbes Magazine’s top 100 Celebrities 2014 edition” among India’s most celebrated authors. He is the Founder of the The Enchanting Verses Literary Reviewand is on the editorial board of the multilingual magazine Levure littéraire based in Paris, France.

 

 

 

 

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.