Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tanka--By Aju Mukhopadhyay--India

in the vast sky
a star throbs-
afraid of falling
at any moment

pregnant with
mango and neem flowers
spreading fragrance around
intoxicating spring
seeks its victims

Ganga laughs
in sweet metallic voice
eddies dangerously whirl
inviting in its depth-
men and boats struggle

Aju Mukhopadhyay, a bilingual award winning poet, author and critic, writes fictions and essays too. He has authored 32 books and received several poetry awards from India and USA besides other honours. Recently he has received Albert Camus Centenary Writing Award, 2013 from Canada / Cyprus. He is a regular contributor to various magazines and e-zines in India and abroad. He is in the editorial and advisory board of some important literary journals. His poems and short stories have been widely anthologised and translated.


  1. love the star afraid of falling...

  2. Dear Aju,

    It is good to see you already have two comments on your creative tanka. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Wishing you continued success in your writing journey.


  3. These are really great, I especially enjoyed the first one. Welcome to Whispers.

  4. Hello Aju. Welcome to Whispers. I must say that I enjoyed your Tanka. I especially like the second one. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. Aju,
    Hello there! Welcome to Whispers! I liked your tanka, especially the first one.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  6. You Tanka are utterly stupendous! I loved reading all three of them, they were heart warming poetry.