I Write Stories

June 18, 2008 at 5:31 am 13 comments

Even now I write stories.
I weave them out of the mirages
of distant satiations.
In the dim corners of twilight
I string together a few ephemeral
shrubs and palm leaves.
And, when the vanishing pool
quenches my pulsating thirst,
when the rubbles of the trees
sway in my heart with derisive laughs,
I turn the hourglass over,
bury an oasis that never was
in the coarseness of sands;
with rejoice in feet I seek
new waters, new grass, and glimpses
of evergreen leaves.

My hopes have aged by now.
Their faces all wear wrinkles of wisdom.
Neglect and haggard futility have
callused their beautiful hands
and blunted their slender fingers.
But, time and again,
the desert breeze brings the faint aroma
of deep blue waters
silent and shimmering under horizons’ veil,
and my searching tongue, like a newborn child,
thrashes around, helpless,
for that water cold and sweet.

In every such rebirth, even now
I write my stories.

ยฉ 2007 Ritwik Banerjee

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sea of memories  |  June 18, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Ritwik! Welcome back…. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is my kinda poetry !

    Reply: Thanks C ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad you liked it! I think in addition to the “My Poems” page, I will have a “My Almost-Poems” page containing the list of the bad ones!


  • 2. sea of memories  |  June 18, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Yes that sounds like a good idea– “I Am Always Write but sometimes……” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply: Hmph! But yes . . . mayyyyyybe!


  • 3. Nikhil  |  June 18, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Hey good one… Good to see u active again!
    i know what it feels like to write about writing… ๐Ÿ˜€

    Reply: ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 4. Life's Elsewhere  |  June 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Yeah! That was really good…almost the ‘title poem’ of this blog.

    Reply: Yes, the title poem indeed! I felt good about being able to naturally use the title of this blog in a poem of mine! I am glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 5. Soumya  |  June 19, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Like the way you have injected serenity and maintained a steady flow to this poem.Love the way it has an open ending.

    Poetry at its any form ,is as pure as emotions.Objectivity only makes it look like science.

    Keep writing.God bless!

    Reply: Thanks Soumya! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 6. Reema  |  July 6, 2008 at 6:58 am


    Reply: ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 7. Aaarti  |  July 7, 2008 at 6:02 am

    hey Ritwik

    Came here thru Madras caferati group

    Cool poem..loved these lines
    with rejoice in feet I seek
    new waters, new grass, and glimpses
    of evergreen leaves.

    looking fwd to meetin you over the weekend at the readmeet~~~ chk out the group~~

    Reply: Thank you Aarti (I think the three a’s constitute a typo !). I loved it when you loved it! I don’t think I can make it to the read-meet, however. I have shifted base to Mumbai for a living.


  • 8. Ed T.  |  July 14, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I like it, it reminds of writing all night or painting all night,…. traveling in the realm of your imagination…

    Reply: Thanks Ed. I understand exactly what you mean. It so happens that this poem was written on a beautiful starry night, with the sky over my head guiding me to further dreams!


  • 9. tinarathore  |  March 20, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    the poem very b’fully depicts the creative process. the use of words “even now” grips…i liked this simple yet forceful phrase “even now i write stories”…it makes one feel so nostalgic. we all often find ourselves in search of “the desert breeze brings the faint aroma
    of deep blue waters..” and succumbing to it. i like the rythm of your poems…slow and soft, slowly sinking…

    Reply: Love to see you back here …. ๐Ÿ™‚ and thanks a bunch for the encouraging words.


  • 10. mrinmoy pramanick  |  March 21, 2009 at 8:20 am

    who are the writers of these poetry and prose.?is it a regular publishing journal?

    Reply: All the poetry and prose is by your truly! It’s not a regular publishing journal . . . I post something here whenever I want to share the outcomes of my creative endeavors with others.


    • 11. mrinmoy pramanick  |  February 26, 2013 at 7:50 am

      oh, nice. Thank you for the reply and congratulations!!!best wishes.

  • 12. Nesikha  |  May 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Lovely poem, the imagery is captivating, reminds me of Whitmanโ€™s poem โ€œLook Down Fair Moonโ€ in style and use of langue; especially these lines ;
    I turn the hourglass over,
    bury an oasis that never was

    • 13. Tama Shah  |  May 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Just read that poem! Loved it, and was reminded of the moon as well as the princess, Princess.


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