Cityscape Silhouettes by Gopal Lahiri

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The sinful playacting of the leaders insists on

crowing over empty victories,

and words without being versed are cremated

on the despoiled landscape;

Elsewhere, night steps up on every toe and hangs fire.

All roads and lanes want bold footprints,

it will not matter whose,

the wind’s shrilling summons convivial light

on the blurry faces and their doleful cries

struggle to reach far and beyond.

Under the shade of sodium vapour lamps,

bodies morph from poor to rich, living to dead,

the rush of blue lights distils on the discoloured skin

of the mannequins; the city scrawls and scratches

on the marbles of the palace and cenotaph.

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2 Comments
  1. Abu Siddik says

    In depth portrayal of citiyscape with nice juxtaposition of the opposites. Kudos poet,

  2. Prof.Dr. Laksmisree Banerjee says

    Wonderfully imagistic and allegorical poem by Gopal Lahiri on Cityscapes, of course with the outer glitter and the dark underbelly….meaningful and impactful….

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