I was talking about clouds to my favourite rikshaw-puller
Ashoka Aloka Pulaka Pavaka
These four types of clouds control everything for us
I was about to say regulate but found myself asking
Do you read Sarvodaya ? or Pathavarta ? because nowadays
The newspapers straitjacket the public’s language
For instance, when public life is disrupted
It is understood that the meeting has been successful
I can’t leave you for the same reason that I can’t
I also told him about this song,
After haggling over the fare
When I finally sat on the rickshaw
It was quite clear that the rate of the bourgeois’ words
Cannot be hiked any further.
Born in 1960, Kolkata, Sutapa Sengupta is a Bengali poet and author of several acclaimed collections of poetry and translations. She has been awarded with Krittivas Puroskar , Krittivas Literary Group, Kolkata and Sukanta Puroskar , State Govt of West Bengal.