Image of a Rustic Girl

By Aju Mukhopadhyay

Who could bring dry wood
from the wood
once the rain starts?
For fear of getting them on her head drenched
the wench ran under the darkest clouds overhead
gnashing their teeth sounding like fart
threatening her safe journey to homestead.
Steady and alert
quickly to come out of the wood
she ran faster than her mood.
It was nothing but a play
among the rain and the cloud
with the damsel and the wood
bypassing the real tale, the villagers say.

About the poet:

Aju MukhopadhyayAju Mukhopadhyay, Pondicherry, India, is an award winning bilingual poet, author of fiction and non-fiction works, editor and critic, with 30 titles to his credit. Many of his works have been anthologized, and translated into several languages. There have been eight books which include discussions on his poetry.

Aju is a member of many national literary and environmental institutions, and has been on the editorial boards of some literary journals. A member of the Research Board of Advisors of the American Biographical Institute, he has traveled across Asia, Europe, America and Africa.

Some of his works include Sri Aurobindo’s Ideal of Freedom and Human Unity (Essays), Sri Aurobindo: The Yogi of Divine Life (philosophy and biography), The World of Sri Aurobindo’s Creative Literature (literary), The Mother of all Beings (biography), The Witness Tree (poetry), In Celebration of Nature (poetry), The Paper Boat (poetry), Insect’s Nest and Other Poems (poetry), The Moments of Life (short stories), In Train (novel).





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