|"Big Moon" by Alicia Dunn, 2017|
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.
Why does one room invariably lead into other rooms?
We, opening in time our vague doors,
convinced that our minds lead to something never allowed before,
sit down hurt under the trees, feeding it simply because
it is there, as the wind does, blowing against the tree.
Yet time is not clairvoyant,
and if it has the answer to our lives, proud
in its possession of that potential which can change our natures,
beating the visions of childhood out of us,
the socialism and the love,
until we remain awkwardly swung to the great north of honour.
What humility is that which will not let me reveal the real?
What shameful secret lies hidden in the shadows of my moon?
All these years; our demands no longer hurt our eyes.
How can I stop the life I lead within myself-
The startled, pleading question in my hands lying in my lap
while the gods go by, triumphant, in the sacked city at midnight?
© Jayanta Mahapatra. Published in Poetry, September 1975. All Rights Reserved.
Good day, poets! I hope you all are doing well. As we move towards the eighth month of the year, I hope that it has been a pleasant journey for all of you thus far. I thought of choosing this Jayanta Mahapatra poem this week for inspiration, as I have been languishing in a similar frame of mind while asking such questions of myself and the moon. You can read about the poet here.
This is Anmol (alias HA) and I welcome you all to The Tuesday Platform. For those who are new here, we have an open link platform today. So, add a link to any one poem, old or new, from your blog in the widget down below. Once you have done that, do visit other poets who have linked with us and share your words and comments on their posts. It's this blogging camaraderie which makes this community so enriching after all. I will see you on the reading trail and I wish you all a wonderful week ahead!