March 4, 2016

Two Poems by Goirick Brahmachari: "A river in E major", "A river in F# minor"

Goirick lives in Dilli. He hails from Silchar, Assam

Jatinga Valley

  • A river in E major

A white river runs
down these steep hills like a song-
        ripples many moons,
notes, cold stones;           drones memories
of forgotten sounds,  
             only fireflies and grasshoppers
can bring,                  goose-fleshing
a dark percussive breeze that
engulfs a dead, white
                           valley where people must have
forgotten their speech.

And silence
echoes      itself            loud
through      the           notes
it waves                    inside dreams
we carry

for                 white rivers           to
roll down    these  steep   hills     slowly
before the song ends.

  • A river in F# minor
notes, like a river
count death in white syllables,
bring mist, memories

to the silk valley
from a silent, yellow hill
                      (we call Jatinga)

on strange cold nights when
everyone plans to dream in
liquid     quarter   notes
for the monsoon is
strong and the birds are free to
fall                          in the river.

First published in Spark Magazine
~Goirick Brahmachari

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