Pradip Chattopadhyay

Silver Star - 3,245 Points (28.01.1961 / Kolkata)

Mystic Monks - Poem by Pradip Chattopadhyay

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On the mangrove bank of the tidal river
lie embedded the mollusks,
they appear mournfully motionless,
deceiving you to believe
they’re too passive to be alive,
are just displays of dead shells
in their muddy graveyard,
though the truth is
they are mystic monks
silently enduring their estuarine transience,
bidding in meditation the time
the return tides carry them to their marine abode.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

As I saw them yesterday at a mangrove estuary near the Sunderbans.

Comments about Mystic Monks by Pradip Chattopadhyay

  • Freshman - 532 Points Juan Olivarez (8/22/2013 6:23:00 AM)

    Love the metaphor. Well done. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,726 Points Dinesh Nair (8/20/2013 9:29:00 AM)

    A poem rich in mysterious connotations of the kind. Excellent rendering sir.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 20,475 Points Valsa George (8/16/2013 8:08:00 AM)

    Beautiful comparison of the mollusks to the mystic monks in meditation! ! Enjoyed! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mohabeer Beeharry (8/16/2013 6:53:00 AM)

    I am trying to follow the thought behind this poem.i just feel good
    I like it

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  • Silver Star - 3,665 Points Dave Walker (8/16/2013 2:16:00 AM)

    To see them and write about them a magical moment.
    A great poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 16, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, August 16, 2013


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