One for the New Year
All abrupt endings
are man-made. In Nature
there are never full stops. Only commas, continuum
courting all. In circular awakenings
life lashes the shores of space-time
like in this forgotten dream
your phantom face forever swirling deep
in the ocean of my dolphin eyes
year after year
Your ‘no’ heartless
the fatal fall of the wintry iron
on the sturdy stem of an evergreen love
My ‘yes’ mindless
the woodpecker working away
carving out your name nonetheless
on the very root of my memory
year after year
Fear doesn’t allow blooming
You in my heart – booming – aloud
Shall I say to you – I just don’t
Comprehend – how on earth
And in a hundred other heavens
All this while and more
You’re continually bursting out on
Every single one of those
Billion branches in my eyes
Blooming confessions of incomprehensible truths –
I do! I do!
I so, so do!
And yet I do not
Say it aloud – will you?
Nivedita Dey is a poet from Kolkata, India. Her work has been extensively published in several International literary magazines, such as Tuck Magazine, Harbinger Asylum by Transcendent Zero Press, The Peregrine Muse by Poets International, Amomancies, Dissident Voice and several other. Her poetry book, Larkspur Lane : Branched Labyrinths of the Mind released in 2021. In this book of hers, she officially introduced and elucidated on a new poetic technique of her own, which she has christened ‘complex open enjambments’.
In 2016, she represented the Indian voice, reading at the International Beat Poetry Festival, West Virginia chapter. She also appeared as a guest reader at various other prestigious literary meets and poetry events.
A double M.A. in English and Psychology, she also fills in the shoes of a content developer, a creative consultant and a screenwriter having several years of experience with some of the major brands in the television and film industry of Mumbai and Kolkata, such as Disney Star.
Her poetic philosophy is one of Hope and Transcendental Humanism. She believes, “However dark it gets, it only makes a stronger case for the eternal and invincible presence of Light. Deep down, I dream of a better, more heart-centered world, and I try to contribute whatever I can to that cause through my poetry and my art.”