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One year

October 20, 2015

Exactly a year has passed and I am choosing the words of a better poet to tell you how I feel – V

What’s in it?

I heard your name the other day
Mentioned by someone in a casual way.
She said she thought that you were looking great.
A waiter passed by with a plate.
She reached out for a sandwich, and your name
Went back from where it came.

But like a serious owlet I stood there,
Staring in mid-air.
I frowned, then followed her around
To hear, just once more, that sirenic sound –
Those consonants, those vowels – what a fool!
I show more circumspection as a rule.

I love you more than I can say.
Try as I do, it hasn’t gone away.
I hoped it would once, and I hope so still.
Someday, I’m sure, it will.
No glimpse, no news, no name will stir me then.
But when? But when?

– Vikram Seth


Suspended by a fine string

January 16, 2015

I swing
yesterday and tomorrow
Mumbai & Michigan
wet rain and cold snow
the gutter and the gazebo
questions and more questions

Between suicide and salvation

Between heaven and earth

as if, one
can never be the other