‘GREY SKY AND RAINLESS CLOUDS’ brilliantly composed by poet Jagdish Prakash / Review by: Bipul Ch Kalita

‘GREY SKY AND RAINLESS CLOUDS’ brilliantly composed by poet Jagdish Prakash

 

GREY SKY AND RAINLESS CLOUDS

Rain had stopped
But I still kept twirling my feel in the puddle of rainwater
Sky grew from grey to greyer
Wind shrieked and silence hissed
A frog suddenly jumped in the puddle and croaked
Something within me whispered
‘Pleasure of being young is slowly getting lost but you still think
Dark clouds will still yield more rain’
Suddenly I felt an itch in my toe
And saw the skin on my feet shrink
Clouds in sky were drifting
Another shade of grey emerged
Like that on my receding hairline
Frog took another leap and jumped away
But I continued to sit dangling my feet
In the puddle of still water
Hoping for the rain to start again.

Copyright@ Jagdish Prakash

 

The Review:-

The very tittle of the poem “GREY SKY AND RAINLESS CLOUDS” shows the eminent poet’s expertise in choosing images for creating a metaphorical atmosphere in which the readers are to be placed to enter into the topics for the poetic treatment. Our adorable poet Jagdish Prakash has beautifully crafted the poem and is undoubtedly successful in sending the message to the hearts of the readers with his mind blowing poetic expressions.

The poet’s vast mind is like the sky. It is full of deep anxiety and unclear thoughts. So it is grey. He doesn’t see any hope for finding suitable answers. Therefore, the sky is full of rainless clouds. Still he looks at the sky and tries to feel the touch of rainwater in the puddle.

“Rain had stopped

But I still kept twirling my feet in the puddle of rainwater

Sky grew from grey to greyer.”

But it is not going to rain to quench the poet’s thirst. The situation is aptly created to represent the poet’s innermost disturbance. That wind shrieks and silence hisses touchingly echoes the poet’s helplessness. On the other hand, the frog which jumps in the puddle contrasts the poet’s situation.

“Wind shrieked and silence hissed

A frog suddenly jumped in the puddle and croaked.”

The poet realizes that man’s desire to get back what time snatches away may not be possible. In fact, he listen to his own conscience. The act of twirling feet in the puddle of rainwater is childish, but the grey sky which is becoming greyer freshens his mind, prompting him to comeback to himself.

‘Pleasure of being young is slowly getting lost but you still think

Dark clouds will still yield more rain’

The very image of clouds stands for the youthful feelings that the poet likes to uphold overlooking his present age. That he is becoming old is beautifully pictured through the image of receding hairline.

“Clouds in sky were drifting
Another shade of grey emerged
Like that on my receding hairline”

His earnest desire to be active in his youthful feelings and emotions is well represented by his act of dangling his feet in the puddle of still water, while the Frogs act of leaping and jumping away reminds him of the world of Nature which has to abide by its own laws.

“Frog took another leap and jumped away
But I continued to sit dangling my feet
In the puddle of still water
Hoping for the rain to start again.”

To go against our mortal nature is childish. But it is a human nature to long for becoming evergreen. So the poet mingles childish nature to adulthood in the poem and creates a lively poetic environment in which our readers are set to feel his feelings.

I hope, our adorable readers and literary critics will certainly explore the text of this beautiful poem and analyze it more methodically. I wish the poet a great literary career ahead.

Copyright@ Bipul Ch Kalita,

15/08/2020

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