For T.S. eliot who keeps popping up here and there in my thoughts
hot heavy metal afternoons through
heaps of people
clusters of auto-rickshaws-
Looking at pictures of
homely dogs on Advertisement boards,
ignoring a reporter with a microphone,
Forgetful of love
And fearful of traffic on weekdays.
There is sun
And there is shadow
And none is isolated
And I am often sun and often shadows,
there are no poets
there are so many patrons.
And they are so overbearing,
whatever little fabric you own
No hurry please.
It is already time.
No hurry at all.
I have no aspirations.
What good yearning is,
if it is for anything lesser than
a boat in the mediterranean
Or a headrest
In a long flight.
fly in the sky
Sheltered by sun, smirking on the river-
Proud like Abraham.
A poem is an Issac, a blunt comparison-
Like the back of a knife
Like the fag end of a cigarette.
Good night mr. Eliot.
Good night from the afternoon
From the dust which moves, taking the shape of the wind,
From the ambulances which swoon,
From the jazz I have forgotten….
One wants to put in the word “soon” somewhere
But we are at it. It is time. It already is since a long time.
Good night . Good night. Good night.
[ Anchit writes in English, Hindi and Bhojpuri. he can be contacted at email@example.com. The featured image is a painting of T.S.Eliot by Patrick Heron]