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Of Love

By Sahana Mukherjee 

“Woh mere janey ke baad bhi, ayi toh nahi thi?         
Woh ayi thi kya?”
      (Gulzar, ‘Wohi Gali Thi’)

(Did she come after I left?
She didn’t come, did she?) 


Our love
lights a cigarette

and takes the local train
every weekend –

happens to be as grounded
as the home
that travels a lot.


Let us
write down a nutshell
of our love,

and sell it
in second-hand
book stalls

on pavements
where we walk looking for
old Progressive
verse –

Like them,
ours too
will sell cheap
and handy. 


One day
I’ll grow into a tree

amongst many trees
blooming only

in Autumn,
and standing upside

so every time you

want to lie down,
lie down beside my face,

not my feet,
and the ground

that holds the both of us

may as well be our sky. 


All my Summer evenings should be
about the colony
I’ll be moving away from.

I am not a tree always rooted,

neither a scorpion
carrying my home
on my back, but

every Summer evening,
my hands shake and I

only write about you
and our inter-caste
volatile love. 


Since all your gestures
are expressed

I need a mirror
against my chest

to know
if last night’s blood moon
is indeed inside you

and if
we are indeed making love.

Photo-credit: Here 

Sahana Mukherjee is an undergraduate student at the Department of English, Jadavpur Unjversity, Kolkata. Her poems have previously been published in Coldnoon, Muse India, Bangalore Review, and Quail Bell.

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