September 13, 2017

A Poem by Goutam Karmakar: "Words"

Goutam Karmakar is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India. He is a bilingual writer and his articles and research papers have been published in many International Journals. He has contributed papers in many edited books on Indian English Literature. He loves to read and write poetry and his his first book of poetry is planned for later this year. He is interested in Indian English Literature, especially poetry, and Postmodern and Postcolonial literature.


Words, you are the best weapon
in which one can rely.
With your opponents you have to reckon
knowing the best time to apply.

Words, you are the best medium of criticism
and the maker of a picture realistic.
You can make a philosophy of optimism
and can also make one pessimistic.

Words, you are used by the mortal
but are beyond their touch.
Sometimes you are as hard as metal
then only heart can feel you much.

Words, you can create a battle
and can also give people some ease.
Can you make people settle?
for in you exists the seed of peace.

Words, you can’t be categorized
as perfectly good or purely evil.
You are the voice of the victimized
and the outcome of the inner will.

Words, you are the medium of the lover
where emotions and passions are spoken.
You are the mouthpiece of the sufferer
but for them you are unspoken.

Words, you are the miracle of my thought
and the pinnacle of my error.
Whenever come out you have sought
to improve myself by driving my terror.

© Goutam Karmakar

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