“Secret” by Gopal Lahiri

Not your whisper
But rather your loud voice
Is the secret-

A fibre that never lasts
Never seek the new label.

A voice that carries echo
Become silent before you hear.

That is perhaps before you
The signs of struggle
Between two stars.

The skies are empty,
Bleed blue colour,
unsoiled memory slides past
erasing slowly our senses,

And at long last
The edges of the dark night shrink,
there is a harmony in the universe.


Gopal Lahiri was born and grew up in Kolkata. He currently lives in Mumbai, India. He is a bilingual poet, writer, editor, critic and translator and widely published in Bengali and English language. Anthology appearances (among others) includes National Treasures, Indus Valley, Concerto, Poet’s paradise, My dazzling Bards, Jorasanko, The Silence within, Indo-Australian Anthology, Homebound, The Dance of the Peacock, Illuminations. His works have featured in journals Indian Literature, Taj Mahal Review, CLRI, Haiku Journal and electronic publications Arts and Letters, Underground Window, Muse India, Poetry Stop, Debug, Eastlit and Coldnoon Diaries. He has jointly edited the anthology of poems: Scaling Heights. His latest poetry collection ‘Tidal Interlude’ will be published soon.

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