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THE MOON GOT STAINS by Debyani Mukherjee


At the time of spine chilling winters,

The moon light gleams up the valley,

With all its mystic radiance,

Being a mum spectator to an ally!

The neighbours of a varied clan,

Screams up with arms and knives in their hands,

Becoming bloodthirsty of their own kith and kin,

Expelling them away hand to hand..

The glittering white serene moon,

In the realm of darkness,

Sheds its rays on ice layered lake in valley,

Paving the way for the rise of the ruthless!

The stain the moon got now,

Can never be forgotten by the innocents,

In a jiffy of moments, their homes were set ablaze,

And their throats were slit apart hundred percent.

The women got their skin and chaste shed off,

The children and infant became homeless,

The old got tortured everywhere,

Who would knew they would become sudden fate-less?

All the time, the moon remained mum,

All the time it witnessed the bloodshed;

Oh they cursed the moon to be impotent,

For not coming up with brilliant lightshed!

Debyani Mukherjee


Meet Debyani Mukherjee

Retro Kolkata : When did you start writing? Do you remember the first time you wrote something?

Debyani : I started writing when I was in 8th standard back in 2013.

Retro Kolkata : Could you talk about how your work has developed or changed since you first started writing?

Debyani : I have written some musical compositions and rap music when I was young and then I started writing shayris as well as poems based on real incidents.

Retro Kolkata : What was the source of your inspiration earlier? Did it change with time?

Debyani : My grandmother (dadi) was my source of inspiration as she was herself a poet and scriptwriter in Bengali film industry.. Her traits got inherited in mine. No it has not changed with time as she is still my inspiration and ideal person.

Retro Kolkata : What does poetry mean to you? Why do you write?

Debyani : I write to create an impression of realistic or nationalistic event among the mob mass. For me poetry is a tool to convey my innate feelings regarding a noble cause to the targeted audiences.

Retro Kolkata : Which poets have inspired you? Do you feel yourself ever influenced by the writing style of a poet?

Debyani : Mirza Ghalib, Rumi, Hafez, Daagh Dehlavi, Lalon Fokir and Bahadur Shah Zafar have inspired me tremendously to write poetry and yes I have followed Mirza Ghalib to adopt his writing styles.

Retro Kolkata : Could you talk about your typical process for writing -- from idea to final draft?

Debyani : I usually prefer to saturate my raw ideas and put them into creative sentences. Then I finally start writing in my notepad making the final draft.

Retro Kolkata : How do you beat writer’s block?

Debyani : Daily experiences change the scenario, inspiring me to write more perfectly on a particular topic, using freely used poetic devices and new appropriate vocabs.

Retro Kolkata : Please let the readers know about your projects for the future? Are you working on any project? Please share any stanza you have written and you repeat it most of the time.

Debyani : I have submitted my poetry on child labour to the Anthrops India Foundation as well as submitted a story to Shri Hindi Publications. I have also submitted my compositions in the form of a book to Also, I have been given a platform by Amar Ujala to write poems in their Kavya portal. In the future, I am thinking of some collaborations with authors and poets and to publish all my writing pieces in the form of a book.

Two stanzas I repeat most of the time are:-

“In the battle of love and internal chaos of constant longing,

I lost my inner self!

The battle made me realise

How you can shower someone with love

And yet be exhilarated with

Pain and regrets.”

“And a poet lives twice-

In the garb of this worldly matter,

One as a real ideal person

And another as an utopic one!”


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