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The book that you gave me

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

By Moinak Dutta

Remember that book of poetry you gave me once?

It has now grown different, in all these years.


Last summer, when I opened it,

I found how jasmine and mango blossoms trembled.

Last autumn,

it had all those shiuli and kash flowers.

Last winter,

it grew oranges.

It had become a fertile land I think,

where birds and bees and butterflies come,

where rivers run their course

And streams murmur softest music.

Where fields of corns turn golden from green,

following the seasons that arrive there with their own magnificence.


Remember the book of poems you gave me once?

It has become my country I think.


Moinak Dutta was born on 5th September, 1977 and has been writing poems and stories from school days. He is currently a teacher of English in a government sponsored institution. Many of his poems and stories are published in national and international anthologies and magazines, including Madras Courier, The Statesman , World Peace Poetry Anthology, Spillwords,and Muffled Moans. He loves to do photography apart from listening to music, watching films, and traveling.

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