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>Day 6: "Missing Us"

>This was the Day 6 prompt for April PAD: “For today’s poem, I want you to write a poem about something missing. It can be about an actual physical object or something you just can’t put your finger on (like “love” or “the spirit of Christmas” or something).” See at: April PAD Challenge: Day 6

“Missing Us”

One by one
Unpacking the cartons
Polishing this Ming vase (it is!)
Reinstating that wrought-iron candle stand
A few Matrioshkas and lacquer stuff
(You know how I care for old Russian art)
A hand-painted tea coaster – my caper –
Unwrapping them sparks a smile, at last

Moth balls rolling off a coat
I barely used last winter
Magazines he’d throw, I’d save
For garden instructions on better tomatoes

Undoing gossamer cobweb from the corners
Before life is installed back in
That unlived living room, on the yet-to-be cluttered
Dresser. This indeed was like courting
Emptiness, he said, before I came back home.

Image from the Internet

7 comments on “>Day 6: "Missing Us"

  1. tanuj solanki
    April 7, 2009

    >My God Nabina… this is a masterpiece.It is only in the last lines that the reader discoveres that it is not ‘you’ talking…And the feeling describes is pure! wah… dil khush ho gaya…

  2. gulnaz
    April 7, 2009


  3. Anonymous
    April 7, 2009

    >Christina Brooks likes this a lot… Like the last line too. Touching to be from a mans perspective.

  4. Mys Lyke Meeh
    April 8, 2009

    >There’s always something in your thoughts..

  5. fleuve-souterrain
    April 8, 2009

    >TS, thanks for that fine reading! Makes my day!Gul, you are sweet!Chris, glad you like it!Mys, long time no see. Happy you find my work useful…! Please keep visiting. I’ll visit you too.

  6. tikulicious
    April 8, 2009

    >wah ustad wah … this sure is awesome. I love the fact that it was not “you” talking this time. super duper. Muaaah

  7. fleuve-souterrain
    April 8, 2009

    >Tiku! I bow to thee…:)

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This entry was posted on April 6, 2009 by in April PAD, missing, Missing Us, Nabina Das, Poem a Day, poetry.
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