Jasbir Chatterjee

Gold Star - 7,066 Points (4 March 1966 / Delhi)

Life And Death - Poem by Jasbir Chatterjee

She lay dead
On the cold, hard floor,
All through the chilly, wintry night.
Quiet, still, rigid, oblivious;
Eyes shut,
Cotton wool thrust into her nostrils,
Sindoor shining brightly in triumph
On her leukodermic forehead,
Freed at last
From the burden of living,
From her painful, asthmatic existence…

The sun rose up,
Shining softly
With an orange hue,
Gently reminding us to let go…

She lay dead
On the cold, hard stretcher
Upon a chilly, wintry morning,
Quiet, still, rigid, oblivious…
Held secure with strings,
Draped with a white bedsheet,
Bedecked with yellow marigold flowers,
Sindoor shining brightly in triumph
On her leukodermic forehead,
Freed at last
From the burden of living,
From her painful, asthmatic existence…

Riding triumphantly,
On the shoulders Of her loved ones
Chanting, “Hori Bol, Hori Bol”
She drifted out of our lives for ever…


Comments about Life And Death by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • Valsa George Valsa George (1/5/2016 3:14:00 AM)

    For many, death comes as a liberation from their painful existence especially if they have been suffering from some painful or chronic ailments! However, dressed in white with the kumkum adorning her forehead and riding on the shoulders of her dear ones, her journey seems a triumphant one! A fine write Jasbir! (Report) Reply

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  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/18/2015 5:13:00 AM)

    A good poem with imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Tribhawan Kaul Tribhawan Kaul (9/5/2013 1:44:00 AM)

    Nice imagery and well crafted poem. Thanks for visiting my page and good wishes. (Report) Reply

  • Subroto Chatterjee (8/3/2010 2:03:00 AM)

    Life and death....sums up our EXPERIENCE.
    Thanks for sharing this poignant one.

    Cheers.
    Subroto (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 14, 2013


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