Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Birth

by Amiya Chatterjee on Sunday, 27 May 2012 at 15:34 ·
By the river Barakar
Jhilik's pregnant mother
clasped a branch of a tree,
A tree full of burnt umber flowers
She forced herself downward
and Jhilik was born 
onto the lap of red soil.
compassionate earth

Jhilik was born in the land of rivers
in the land of trees,
where praying mantis  
dreams and dances
after each  birth.

Jhilik bcame the land 
from then on 
Rain started to fall silently,
Magpies started jabbering
blackbirds cried anxiously.

Barakar with her amber hue
danced around the trees,
and Jhilik's mother
sang a lullaby pressing the newborn
 to her breast.
Life oozed . 

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