Saturday, February 15, 2014

One Man's Maple Moon: Life's Shoreline Tanka by Pravat Kumar Padhy

English Original

at life’s shoreline
the sands of time escape
from many gaps …
I collect memories
embedded in sediment

Notes from the Gean, 3:1, June 2011

Pravat Kumar Padhy

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

從許多裂縫中溜走 ...

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

从许多裂缝中溜走 ...

Bio Sketch

Born in India, poems widely published and anthologized. Works referred in Spectrum History of Indian Literature in English, Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Poetry etc. Poems awarded high acclamations by Writer’s Guild of India and Editors’ Choice awards. Pravat Kumar Padhy's  Japanese short form of poetry appeared in many international journals and anthologies. Songs of Love: A celebration is his third collection of verse by Writers Workshop, Calcutta. Featured in The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India, to be published by Hidden Brook Press, Canada, 2014


  1. "If rhythm is the heart and breath of poetry, then surely figurative language is its beguiling and sexy skin and musculature. " As in Pravat's tanka, the figure captivates the eye, and the reader is drawn toward it through the shoreline, sands, and sediment.

    His tanka sparks the reader's reflection on the passage of time in relation to memory, and reminds me of the following remark:

    I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where the pulse lies. And this personal time, which is the true time, is measured in your relationship to memory.

    ― Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

    1. Dear Chen,
      Many thanks for your inspiring words.I feel extremely humbled.
      Best wishes