Aju Mukhopadhyay

Homage to Shakespeare on his 400th Year of Departure

He was the greatest dramatic poet of any age

Of and beyond the Elizabethan stage

Who glorified his tongue and country and race

In showing his dramatic passion he was relentless.

Standing at the crest of his creation, he was Shakespeare

Revealing himself through all his characters

He grew self assertive without innuendo;

“A Hiranyagarbha”, said Sri Aurobindo.

The creator with a womb of gold

He was always fearless and bold.

 

Innumerable characters speaking in varied voices

Tell us about the bard’s luminous vision

About the great genius among the geniuses.

Greed, envy, vanity, sex, anger and infatuation

With innumerable mix of desires

Created tumultuous passion in Shakespearean characters.

 

 

Mood of April 24th 1920

This was one of the most joyous days

In the life of the Mother by divine grace

A human with the Divine face to face;

When after all vicissitudes of life

All experiments, struggles and strife

She was assured of living with Sri Aurobindo

Together to work with divine gusto

To unravel their spiritual manifesto.

 

An air of joy and success

In spiritual sense

Greeted her

As she disembarked here

At the tedious journey’s end;

The mood was hopeful and vibrant.

Mood of the day still vibrates in our heart

For after all there may always be a new-start.

 

 

In the Heart of the Wild

In the calm and quiet bosom of the unfrequented dicterocarp forest

full of creeks, cliffs, beaches, glades

marshes, grasslands and water ways

thrive plants, animals, humans, insects and amphibians

in varied habitats.

Innumerable inhabitants in their symbiotic, food-eater, non-interfering

and harmonic relationship representing Nature’s ways and modulations

live with systematic irregularities

in the heart of the Borneo rainforest.

 

Proboscis monkeys, wonderment in their eyes,

cohabit with silvery lutung, furs glistening in the sun;

leaf eaters of different species.

A group of ferns growing in circle trap rain water

in a bowl where frogs lay their eggs

fertilizing the plants with their droppings.

Tribals of Sarawak living in their settlements

follow the orangutans who daily change their habitats.

Male fiddler crabs flaunting their large colourful claws

attract their females but fall prey to crab-loving macaques.

Fireflies of different species flash at different dark phases of the eve

but some of the females flash at odd times to attract males

of the other species which are lured to their death traps

like insects drawn by the smells of the pitcher plants

enter through their mouths and slip into their slimy sloppy bowls

to be dissolved in enzymes.

Side by side live the vegetarian pitcher plants

content with fallen leaves and dewdrop nectars.

Wonderful animals roam there like bearded pigs

fly the lemurs and lizards like birds.

 

Silently blossom in the heart of the strange wilderness

tallest phallus like odorous amorphophallus

and largest yoni like colourful carrion smelling rafflesia;

the tallest and the largest wild flowers on earth

complementary to each other

thrive in the Borneo’s wilderness.

 

While plants, animals, humans and insects of different species

live in the heart of the wild

wild lives camouflaged in the heart of the elite.

 

Aju Mukhopadhyay, a bilingual award winning poet, author and critic, writes fictions and essays too.  He has authored 33 books and has received several awards from India and abroad besides other honours. He has so far published eight books of poems in English besides two in Bangla. He is a regular contributor to various magazines and e-zines in India and abroad. Besides poetry in the usual way he has been regularly writing Japanese short verses also of different types. His works are regularly published in Indian and some international journals, anthologised and translated in several international languages.