Jayanta Mahapatra
A Grey Haze Over the Ricefields by Jayanta Mahapatra

A Grey Haze Over the Ricefields by Jayanta Mahapatra

A grey haze over the ricefields.The black cow grazing with her new-born calf,long-legged, unsteady—or trucks going past the high road:such things only claimthat I am looking out ...

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Freedom by Jayanta Mahapatra

Freedom by Jayanta Mahapatra

At times, as I watch,it seems as though my country's bodyfloats down somewhere on the river.Left alone, I grow intoa half-disembodied bamboo,its lower part sunkinto itself on the ...

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A Rain Of Rites by Jayanta Mahapatra

A Rain Of Rites by Jayanta Mahapatra

Sometims a rain comesslowly across the sky, that turnsupon its grey cloud, breaking away into lightbefore it reaches its objective.The rain I have known and traded all this lifeis ...

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Main Temple Street by Jayanta Mahapatra

Main Temple Street by Jayanta Mahapatra

Children, brown as earth, continue to laugh awayat cripples and mating mongrels.Nobody ever bothers about them.The temple points to unending rhythm.On the dusty street the colour ...

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Ash by Jayanta Mahapatra

Ash by Jayanta Mahapatra

The substance that stirs in my palm could well be a dead man; no need to show surprise at the dizzy acts of wind. My old father sitting uncertainly three feet away is the slow ...

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Hunger by Jayanta Mahapatra

Hunger by Jayanta Mahapatra

It was hard to believe the flesh was heavy on my back. The fisherman said: Will you have her, carelessly, trailing his nets and his nerves, as though his words sanctified the ...

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The Indian Way by Jayanta Mahapatra

The Indian Way by Jayanta Mahapatra

The long, dying silence of the rain over the hills opens one's touch, a feeling for the soul's substance, as for the opal neck spiralling the inside of a shell. We keep calm; the ...

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Deaths in Orissa by Jayanta Mahapatra

Deaths in Orissa by Jayanta Mahapatra

Faces of tree-bark and griefhang against God's hand in the worldthat cannot lift itself up to help.In the corners of women's eyesthe rainbow breaks against the sunrise.Nothing but ...

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Summer by Jayanta Mahapatra

Summer by Jayanta Mahapatra

Not yet.Under the mango treeThe cold ash of a deserted fire.Who needs the future?A ten-year-old girlcombs her mother's hair,where crows of rivalriesare quietly nesting.The home ...

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The Vase by Jayanta Mahapatra

The Vase by Jayanta Mahapatra

The strong south wind hits our faces again,it's October;sunsets are fiery redand the waters of wells are clear already- there we are, under the mango tree,in the old house, amid ...

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Taste For Tomorrow by Jayanta Mahapatra

Taste For Tomorrow by Jayanta Mahapatra

At Puri, the crows.The one wide streetlolls out like a giant tongue.Five faceless lepers move asideas a priest passes by.And at the streets endthe crowds thronging the temple ...

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A Summer Poem by Jayanta Mahapatra

A Summer Poem by Jayanta Mahapatra

Over the soughing of the sombre windpriests chant louder than ever;the mouth of India opens.Crocodiles move into deeper waters.Mornings of heated middenssmoke under the sun.The ...

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Of that Love by Jayanta Mahapatra

Of that Love by Jayanta Mahapatra

Of that love, of that mile walked together in the rain, only a weariness remains.I am that stranger nowmy mirror holds to me;the moment's silencehardly moves across the glass.I ...

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Dhauli by Jayanta Mahapatra

Dhauli by Jayanta Mahapatra

Afterwards when the wars of Kalinga were over,the fallow fields of Dhaulihid the blood-spilt butchered bodies. As the earthburrowed into their dead hungerwith its mercilesss ...

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Myth by Jayanta Mahapatra

Myth by Jayanta Mahapatra

Years drift sluggishly through the air,is a chanting, the long years, an incense.Face upon face returns to the barbed horizonsof the foggy temple; here liesa crumpled leaf, a ...

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The Moon Moments by Jayanta Mahapatra

The Moon Moments by Jayanta Mahapatra

The faint starlight rolls restlessly on the mat. Those women talking outside have clouds passing across their eyes. Always there is a moon that is taking me somewhere. ...

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Grandfather by Jayanta Mahapatra

Grandfather by Jayanta Mahapatra

The yellowed diary's notes whisper in vernacular. They sound the forgotten posture, the cramped cry that forces me to hear that voice. Now I stumble back in your ...

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The Captive Air Of Chandipur-On-Sea by Jayanta Mahapatra

The Captive Air Of Chandipur-On-Sea by Jayanta Mahapatra

Day after day the drunk sea at Chandipurspits out the gauze wings of shells along the beachand rumples the thin air behind the sands.Who can tell of the songs of this sea that go ...

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Sanskrit by Jayanta Mahapatra

Sanskrit by Jayanta Mahapatra

Awaken them; they are knobs of soundthat seem to melt and crumple uplike some jellyfish of tropical seas,torn from sleep with a hand lined by prophecies.Listen hard; their male, ...

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Twilight by Jayanta Mahapatra

Twilight by Jayanta Mahapatra

An orange flarelights the pale panes of the hospitalin a final wish of daylight.It's not yet dark.In the chiildren's wardunder a mother's facethe dead, always so young.Water ...

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A Missing Person by Jayanta Mahapatra

A Missing Person by Jayanta Mahapatra

In the darkened rooma womancannot find her reflection in the mirrorwaiting as usualat the edge of sleepIn her hands she holdsthe oil lampwhose drunken yellow flamesknow where her ...

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Traveler by Jayanta Mahapatra

Traveler by Jayanta Mahapatra

Every eveningthe bells of the temple close byrest their easy weight on the bones;it's time again to wonderwhat I'll do with what I learn.A warm vapor risesfrom the darkening earth ...

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A Grey Haze Over the Ricefields by Jayanta Mahapatra

A Grey Haze Over the Ricefields by Jayanta Mahapatra

A grey haze over the ricefields.The black cow grazing with her new-born calf,long-legged, unsteady—or trucks going past the high road:such things only claimthat I am looking out ...

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Sickles by Jayanta Mahapatra

Sickles by Jayanta Mahapatra

Dust seems in no hurry now, sailingthe air. A ten-year-old girlruns after her home-bound cowsthrough the ingenious sunset hour,glancing briefly as we pass bybut gives no sign that ...

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