Sunday, February 16, 2020

Inam Hussain Mullick writes

"far away but surely, death's song at the door"

far away but surely, death's song at the door;
turned insane by love, the man bent down to collect shadows of snails.
at the beach you may meet my ghost and we'll quiz each other on Tolstoy

in the cup of my hands
I hold the night's glory

shadows, shadows all about
light hides among the sparrow's wings

in the war my head

the city breathes a thaumaturgic eagle;
a lonely bat looks for solace in the ruins,

time spins like a bullet.

Tolstoy -- Ilya Repin

1 comment:

  1. Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a Rusian count who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, though he never won. He 1st achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, "Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth" (1852–1856), and "Sevastopol Sketches" (1855), based on his experiences in the Crimean War. he is best known for his novels "War and Peace" (1869) and "Anna Karenina" (1877), as well as dozens of short stories and novellas such as "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" (1886), "Family Happiness," (1859), and "Hadji Murad" (1912), as well as plays and hundreds of philosophical essays, especially "A Confession" (1882) and "The Kingdom of God Is Within You" (1894). During the last year of his life he actively corresponded with Mohandas Gandhi and shaped his ideas on nonviolent resistance;he named his 2nd ashram (in South Africa) Tolstoy Colony. When Tolstoy was 82 he left home secretly and on 20 November 1910 he died of pneumonia at Astapovo railway station after a day's train journey south.


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