Love, for instance

Three years ago, my first book ‘Water to Water’ was published.

Seeing your poems in print does offer an indescribable, bitter-sweet rush. But in hindsight, I learnt that putting a book out is not as much of a milestone as writing something that showcases how much you have progressed as a writer, as a poet, as a witness of the times, as a person. But on June 4th, 2019, I just sat and stared after I unboxed the first set of author copies. I immediately began to count the people who would never get to read my book.

This is a poem from the book, that I’ve never posted on my blog before.

Love, for instance

Love, for instance, waits as I write. Silent. Reads a page aloud
sometimes, with liquid vowels and mellow consonants, a different

dialect, lines I cannot recognize as my own. We cry together. The
sea was our first mistake. Something we can’t undo. Untouch. Or

stop. That ocean, you tell me, turns to the shore even on the opposite
side. I watch you go. How does the moon walk away at dawn? To

remedy sins, we build temples. We blame the gods and hide them,
safely, out of sight. We practice separation. Disentangle the cold

waves. The wind pauses, faithless. I marinate days in nights filled with
brine. What happens when an unexpected transformation lets us in

on its secret? I read the poem again, sticking my voice on the words.
Love waits. Silent. ‘Leaving’ sounds the same in every language.

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Water to Water is available on Amazon in print and Kindle editions. Check this link for details.

 

****** Four new cherita inspired by that poem *****
(1)
strange, the way you say goodbye

as if the after-quiet
is a pause

even though
there is nothing
left to say

(2)
strange, the love of the moth

stranger still
the expectation

that the flame
would extinguish itself
first

(3)
strange, the moonless sky

unalleviated night
tightening around my head

wasn’t this sky
smaller
yesterday?

(4)
strange, that little yellow flower

growing wild
on the mountain side

peering around
the giant rocks
as if it is not afraid

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