The Fallen House

The Fallen House

I was in my prime youth when I left the house
flooded by different hues in different rooms-
satin blue of the sky and pinkish love-rose blooms
bright yellow of the sun in the stairs
youth-wild green in the balcony;
‘twas a grandiose affair
when every wall, each nook and corner smiled
each space exuded a sense of revelry.

After long long years, moving round the reverse gear,
as I returned
few gray haired guys here and there appeared
out of the window holes
the doors opened on their own;
entering, some creatures hurried past over my feet
flew out of the walls flocks of titmice
thick cobwebs held my progress;
there was hush, there were whispers
rising up from the fallen bricks
and dismal walls gray and dull:
“Unwanted guests, undesirable activities kept them busy.
The house was not maintained colourful and clean.
They could not welcome the king.”
There was a pause as the past I remembered-
“None lives here now”- the wind answered
blowing helter-skelter with smell of dust.
© Aju Mukhopadhyay, 2011

Aju Mukhopadhyay

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Aju Mukhopadhyay, the poet, author and critic is a bilingual writer of fiction and essays. He has authored 28 books and received several poetry awards besides other honours. His works have been recognized by various national and international institutions. Many of his works have been translated in other languages and anthologised. He is a regular contributor to various magazines and e-zines in India and abroad. Five books contain critique on his poetry and his poems. Two books of Indian English Sort Stories contain his short stories. More than a dozen and a half of scholarly books contain his works on Indian English Literature. He is regularly published as writer on animals and wildlife. Conservation of Nature and Environment is the watch word of his life., List of his books of poems in English:, The Witness Tree (Poems-Writers Workshop), In Celebration of Nature (Poems), The Paper Boat (Poems), Insect’s Nest and Other Poems (Poems), Aju Mukhopadhyay’s Poems on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother (Poems), Short Verse Vast Universe and Short Verse Delight (Haiku and other short verses in both the books with essays)

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