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OLD POST alert — Day 30: “Between Poeming”

Here was the final, Day 30, prompt, hurrah to the end of April Poem a Day!

“For today’s prompt, I want you to write a farewell poem. After all, we are saying farewell to another wonderful National Poetry Month. Say farewell to this month; say farewell to a vacation spot; say farewell to a bad relationship; say farewell to work; say farewell to school; say farewell to saying farewell even.” Read more at: April PAD Challenge: Day 30

“Between Poeming”

I’ve heard about riled up days that hated names of verses
They preferred riding jaunty jeeps through the old town
Earlier than the rooster, stopping for certain numbered doors

Possibly those sweaty days turned swear words into Molotovs
Singed bamboo screens drying after summer’s whimsy and rain
Left a few blackened posts under roofs where someone lived

Possibly I imagined my footsteps would precede yours there
Even now, waiting, a tender pastured horse munching rhymes
Your leftover half-ghazals, their florid maktas, for this was love

Didn’t Ghalib live here? My rickshaw man pedaled and smiled
He bought his quarter peg here every evening, walked from there!
No wonder I imagined your beard hair on the banister, wind-tangled

If he was still behind that cindered verandah I would not know
Holding broken bangles pieces of a departed love, post intermission
Alvida, he must’ve said, in a sad refrain, adding in English, “So long”.

Image from the Internet: The facade of an Old Delhi building. In many places, new structures have pushed the old architecture out, once housing poets (including the immortal Mirza Ghalib), commoners, courtiers and soldiers. Some old structures have also fallen prey to recent communal clashes in India and stand in their broken, cindered states.
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5 comments on “OLD POST alert — Day 30: “Between Poeming”

  1. tikulicious
    May 4, 2009

    >You brought back the memories of my visit to ballimaran ki gali qasim.. lovely verse

  2. fleuve-souterrain
    May 5, 2009

    >yeah ballimaran… and the history!

  3. Do You See
    October 1, 2012

    HELLO ALL, this is an OLD post. VERY VERY old. It somehow had fallen through the crack, perhaps because I didn’t want it on the blog owing to its publication in Caravan journal. Well, so don’t be fooled that I wrote it just now 🙂

  4. Mihir Vatsa
    October 1, 2012

    Very cool! I am not logged in to WP, hence didn’t comment there. 🙂

  5. Do You See
    October 1, 2012

    But you are here on WP, Vatsa… Sorry, am I not getting some tech aspect?

    Any how, this is a damn old poem of mine from an initial draft. The post itself is quite old. Was lying in my folder… A favorite though. Have taught it, read it in public, and peddled it too many times. Published in the daddy-mag CARAVAN 🙂

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