The Unrequited

The Unrequited

Washing over me
In a blue wave
Is your silence
That I
Lie down under, almost entombed…
It wets me with a spray
Of imaginary words…
Words that convey
Only silence.
I know not the pleasures
Of love requited…
Your fleeting attention
I pick up greedily
Like sea shells at an endless beach
Of soft passionate sand beds.
You remain silent
Like the purple-tangerine sunsets
While I, silenced by you,
Quietly count the sea shells.

Jagari Mukherjee

A gold medalist in English Literature from University of Pune, Jagari Mukherjee is an award-winning bilingual poet, writer, and critic from Kolkata, India who writes in both Bengali and English. Her writings have appeared in several journals like Tuck Magazine, Vox Poetica,  Treehouse Arts, Scarlet Leaf Review, Plum Tree Tavern, and others. Her works have been translated into Bengali, French, and Italian. Among other awards, she won the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2018 for her review of Kiriti Sengupta’s Dreams of the Sacred and the Ephemeral (2017). Jagari is also a Best of the Net 2018 nominee. Her first book, a collection of poems entitled Blue Rose (2017), was published by Bhashalipi, Kolkata.

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