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
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.