Reformation Through My Faith
I feel my body in an eagle nest
hanging from the thinnest stem
of the tallest oak, allowing me to watch
the world from Nature’s lap.
The thrust of strong gales,
twisting me in various shapes
infuses a new blood in weary veins;
makes me feel like a trapeze athlete
swinging at an aesthetic will.
I am a stray vagabond turned out of society to taste
the sands of hunger and disgust
for my dare was unprecedented;
my affair was a death drug for
the keepers of religion.
Renunciation of an unusual type,
departing from the walls of religions and taboos
seems to shape itself within me
as my breathe grasps and consumes
the molecules of the republic airstream.
The branches seem to prepare themselves
to hang all butchers of love.
Their weapons of religion and customs
will fall from the hands of the departed
and they would rust to death.
None will worth the floor
of the poorest museum or pages of history
for the worms will eat off their mentions.
I will happily swing and consume
the fragrance of catastrophe.
Sonnet Mondal has authored seven books of poetry. He was bestowed Poet Laureate from Bombadil Publishing, Sweden in 2009 and has been featured in several publications including The Penguin Review, Istanbul Literary Review, World Poets Quarterly, Friction Magazine, The Stremez and International Gallerie Magazine, among others . He was inducted in the prestigious Significant Achievements Plaque at the Museum of Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2011, and was featured as one of the Famous Five of Bengali youths by India Today magazine in 2010. At present he is the managing editor of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Poetry editor of The Abandoned Towers Magazine, Editor of Best Poems Encyclopedia and the Sub Secretary General of Poetas Del Mundo. This is his first feature in Marco Polo.
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