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Poem : Aju Mukhopadhyay

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Deaths before Death
(A Modern Man)

A modern man lives tactfully
avoiding the undesirable
keeping aloof from things
he is not concerned with
embracing those which help him progress;
but how many times he is caught unaware
reaping corn from other’s land
perpetrating some crime!
How many petty compromises
how many looking aside
avoiding to be involved
in other’s crime beset you!
How many speaking aside
and underhand deals
aren’t we involved in!
How many times our self respect
is rolled in the dust!
The blunt headed brute among us
or those with a criminal mind set
may escape detection
even at the last stage
but usually a man of conscience
is arrested at the cemetery or crematorium
as he is carried there;
for he died many times before his death
his cupboard is full with his own skeletons.
Tactfulness is selfishness, sincerity only gives asylum.

() Aju Mukhopadhyay



Bio-note
Aju Mukhopadhyay, Pondicherry, India, is an award winning bilingual poet, author of fiction and non-fiction works and critic. He has authored 30 books and has received several poetry awards, besides other honours from India and abroad. Many of his works have been translated in Indian and foreign languages and anthologised. There are seven books which include discussions on his poetry. He has written essays on more than 40 scholarly books on literature and allied subjects like wildlife, Nature and environment. He has been in the editorial boards of some serious literary journals. He has participated in 30 national and international literary and tribal life conferences. A member of the Research Board of Advisors of the American Biographical Institute, he has travelled across Asia, Europe, America and Africa. 

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