Gopal Lahiri

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Invisible Target

Eyes focused on the horizon, I could not rise
From the empty beach and count my footprints.

A diagonal swath of galaxy path and my life
Shouting and dancing inside along the shallow coral line

A round moon rose behind me and lit up the
All-encompassing sea like a shining silver sheet.

Devils could not come out from the dark and
Drag me on the sand mound in sneaky silence,

So tiny one could miss it and not even know
The sea could push to the deep water with a light swell,

Half- presence and half-absence of the all mighty
Wanted to steer me towards the invisible target,

And all this before the cardinal points of the island
And long before the bell woke me for dawn.


Gopal Lahiri was born and lives in Kolkata, India. He is a bilingual poet, writer, editor, critic and translator and published in Bengali and English language. He has had nine volumes of poems in English and seven volumes in Bengali, and has edited one anthology of poems and published one translation work.

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