When I Am Gone
— a poem Sayantan Dasgupta

If the call that makes you smile will stop.

                                                                  If no one utters your name like a prayer.

If no one holds your hand when it's cold.

                                                                  Then you will know that I am gone.

If you feel down in this violent world.

                                                             If my voice stops melting your angel's heart.

If no one helps you reaching the shore.

                                                              Then forgive me, because I am no more.

If I can't light up your eyes anymore.

                                                            If the blindness of pain surrounds you.

If no one sings you your favorite song.

                                                              Then open your heart, even if I'm gone.

Then you write your story with my tears,

                                                                 Then you hold my memory like a broken glass.

Then you break the darkness and bring the dawn.

                                                                 Then you create the history, even when I'm gone.


Sayantan Dasgupta is from Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He holds a Bachelors degree in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Linguistics from the same university. He writes poems, essays and short stories in both his Mothertounge Bengali and English.