Dec 09, 2023
Dec 09, 2023
by Mohini Gurav
In this ruthless search for meaning of life there are glimpses of sadness that ennobles and elevates the mind. Gopal Lahiri, a lover of nature, depicts his trust in the tranquility amidst the tall trees. He presents nature as a refuge for providing to the weary soul. These lines demonstrate his cravings for peace and solace.
“Spectacle floats in snippets of anguish,crouching, gnawing,
asking too many questions on food and shelter,
hygiene and education,
everyone knows fully well
but who cares, damn it.”
(Snippet-pg 20 and 21)
Gopal lahiri’s poems paint pictures for us, pictures that sojourn in the clay of our imagination as the words mould themselves into shapes, colour and vibrancy of life. The poet beautifully creates a connection between both aspects of nature and consciousness of mankind together. He combines the imaginative vitality of Shelley, the richness of Keats imagery, and the detection of infused spirituality of Wordsworth. Nature has never been a mere backdrop or an inanimate presence. It is breathed with a presence that the poet is also a part of it. Mesmerized by the beauty, he desires to be connected to the mystical elements of earth which is seen in the lines of his poem “Kumarakom”. His poetry is permeated with every seasonal hue, replete with the flora and fauna reflecting all possible moods.
“Let us share our teardrops with the passing clouds
Find solace and peace in the solitude of tall trees,
Wondrous the fragrance of night, pure and untainted,
A new bud appears in our troubled mind, tortured soul.”
(Share – pg 25)
Poetry is nothing but alchemy, humanizing and transformation. The ephemeral quality of life and the philosophical musings form the thematic circumference of some of his poems. The poetic excellence of Gopal Lahiri lies in the sincerity of his feelings and in the simplicity of expressions. The following lines are philosophical echoes, the lack of self –pity and the acceptance that life has no purpose except to be lived fully. Live everything from loneliness to chaos, take it upon yourself and peel the inner layers. That’s the way of living. A subtle philosophical note runs through the lines of the poem.
“Azure sky, crisp clouds, soft sunlight –rolls
into an orange yellow screen spreading colour;
the various shades and hues of flowers lay scatter all
Around by rocking of the soothing breeze
connect the long pending mystical elements of the earth.”
(Kumarakom –pg 33)
Gopal Lahiri contemplates and mediates upon the ephemerality of human existence and the helplessness of humans. He writes about the common man’s struggle to cope with the vicissitudes of life. He laments about poverty, empty dreams and blasted hopes. He subtly versifies the dark side of social spectrum which shows how keen an observer he is of the world around. His poems are sensitive responses to real life, an existentialist lament of human suffering.
“Everything echoes and fades away hastily,
Even the passage of the sunlight misses out-
You have to remain without a solution.
live everything from loneliness to the chaos,
capture every shade of pain in your thoughts-
Take it upon yourself and peel the inner layers.
Your dreams have a life of their own,
You seek in every moment, every interval-
The innermost soul leads you way to the answer”.
(A way of living –pg 51)
Gopal Lahiri is a conscious poet “looking before and after”. His poetic lines show search for higher truth and meaning of life. He takes the readers through an affective poetic process whereby they are transported to a mysterious and complex realm of past, present and future.
“Torn clothes, dirty face, she looks in fierce focus.
She sits on the pavement, mutter in silence,
Can anyone save me from fighting hunger?”
His poems reveal his meditative mind. It strikes a chord in the mind of the receptive readers. Since most of his poems in this collections are fuelled with insightful thoughts, poetic feelings, idealistic vision and worldly wisdom of the poet, his poems find resonance with his readers. The creative dexterity , the themes and the diction all flow in cascades to drench the readers to give rise to an emotional and empathetic response. Arresting and evocative imagery and a mordant sensibility endear him completely to the modern reader. This collection is truly a delightful read and a wonderful treat to the soul. A wonderful addition on the shelf of Indian English Poetry. I wish Gopal Lahiri many more poetic ventures, more profound on a wider canvas. Best Wishes!
“A question hangs in the air-What if you stop and never start again?
What happens after the ashes? We don’t know but would like to.
It may be that not every clue we need we have so much of fear you know
fear of defeat fear of darkness, you gravelly voice grounds us, your denial
brings us pain and grief, your answer is always abrupt and curt.
Just accept we are floating in water, just lie back and let it hold you up
Just drop off, let it go the burden. It’s great to escape in another time.”
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|Thanks Dear poet friend Bhaskar Jha for your motivational words of appreciation. Thanks for the compliments and it means a lot to me to receive this from you.|
|Well analysed, perceptive review ! Exhaustive , wonderful overview with shades of varied meanings well peeled off ! Hats off to you and Poet Gopal Lahiri Sir..:)|
|Thanks Mohini for your scholarly review.|
|I am thankful to Gopal Lahiri sir , a great poet and a down to earth human being.Thanks for giving me this opportunity to review your book. I loved reading your poems. A great delight to soul. Humbled and honoured. Thanks Sir :) Best wishes for future endeavours. Looking forward for more poems from you.:)|