Theme: Nature

River is Man's Power

(The River is within us, the Sea is all about us)

River, river
Sometime you are,
Thames, Hwang Ho, Meghna,Titash
You flow, far and nigh…
Sometime like Wordsworth
I ask myself
‘Is this the Yarrow’, is it Wye?

Mark Twain had his Mississippi,
Eliot had his Thames,
Dante had his Styx
For rivers, Heaven is too high.
Lu Xun had his Hwang Ho,
Irving had his Hudson; 
Rabindranath had his Padma,
Shakespeare had his Avon.

Can you hear me river
You in rains overflow for ever
Why in winter do you shiver?
Samaresh Basu liked Ganga,
Marvell liked Humber,
Sunil liked Kopai so much
Memories do encumber

Across the rush of river
Fed by the waterfall whose origin lies
In the death-grey mountains.
Lu Xun cries:
‘Can you hear me River? Can you hear?’
Dulung, Titash, Karnaphooli did so much care
Yamuna and Narmada are also there
Human pains to share.

Hwang Ho caused so much sorrow
The country called it River Yellow
For Millions of years
Sindhu,Tigris and Euphrates flow

To see the river Indus still without a stir.
To see a boat in the midst of water
White sheets of ripples carried those traders
There were also a few invaders.
Rivers carried the dead bodies,
The ashes, the mud and the flower
River is man’s weakness, river is man’s power.


More By  : Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee

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Comments on this Poem

Comment There is flow n music in your poem no less than Hoogli..

Dr Prakash Nayak
24-Apr-2013 08:33 AM

Comment an enchanting vase decorated from d rivers, world over ... beautiful tribute to all of them.

Preeti singh
15-Apr-2013 05:03 AM

Comment Congrats dear friend! Fine poem! If world is going so you will have to compose elegy on these rivers.

Prof. Dr. K. V. Dominic
15-Apr-2013 01:15 AM

Comment Wonderful poem....True expression of engaging discourse between life and river!Enjoyed!

Dr Jaydeep Sarangi
14-Apr-2013 23:12 PM

Comment wonderful nababarsha gift to all Sir...beautiful poem on the river...superlike...

Santanu Halder
14-Apr-2013 22:58 PM

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