Thursday, January 19, 2017

Magical--By Gopal Lahiri--India


Shadows, whose faces are there?
missing the known vowel, beneath water,
what works is the calling
of the whooshing water fowl.

explore the miracle, a gallant kingfisher
in flight looking effortless.

rambling, wavering, erratic
the wind breaks out in savage laughter,
the distant coast takes a sharp turn
for the rugged cliff.

like an advanced wave
rolling on the yellow sand bed,
the words living for the moment
turn into something magical.

whispers surviving the past,
take to the ground,
the broken crustaceans
crack open the memories
of the bursting seeds
living together for ages.

Gopal Lahiri was born and grew up in Kolkata. He currently lives in Mumbai, India. He is a bilingual poet, writer, editor, critic and translator and widely published in Bengali and English language. He poetry has appeared in National Treasures, Indus Valley, Taj Mahal Review, Muse India, Tuck Magazine, and a variety of other venues. He has jointly edited the anthology of poems: Scaling Heights and is the recipient of the Poet of the Year award in Destiny Poets, UK, 2016. He can be reached at     


  1. Gopal,
    A good, introspective poem. I believe you are new to Whispers, so welcome!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  2. It is nice to see you here, Gopal. Whispers is a warm home for poetry.May you have an enriching experience.

    Sanjeev Sethi

  3. Dear Gopal,
    Welcome to Whispers!
    Your debut poem truly lives up to its title.
    Do send us more.

  4. Thanks to David, Sanjeev and Michael for your kind and encouraging words. Much appreciated. Enjoyed reading poems here.

  5. Dear Gopal,

    It is so good to see your poem already getting a wonderful response. Welcome to Whispers! I see you are already finding your way around. Thank you for sharing your gift of words.


  6. Thanks Karen for your encouraging words.

  7. Hello Gopal. Welcome to Whispers. I enjoyed your poem and look forward to reading and enjoying more of your work. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  8. very nice poem best wishes,angelee

  9. Thanks Maurice and angelee for your kind words.

  10. Very good Gopal, I like "Magical" which unique words speak,
    holding the magic up. Then crustaceans rack open under the
    memories of the bursting seeds, living together for ages,
    Showing forth more magic. Great imaginary.