Welcome to my A-Z 2018, for which I am revisiting Africa, the continent of my childhood and my dreams. The posts are, as always, infoheavy and opinionated, but they are sectioned off - some music, the day’s topic, couple writers, a slideshow from the safaris – plenty ways to cherry-pick. So you may consume just as much, or as little, as you're cool with. Zero obligation to agree with any of my views either, feel free to air yours :)

Friday, 28 September 2012

The anniversary post that isn't




The time when unknown trees
muscle their way into  top-of-mind
I dream of chinars*
flaming in the high winds
and a fast narrow stream somewhere
slowing down inch by cooling inch
it’s a separate matter that I’ve
never been to Kashmir
or anywhere in the high
latitudes during
the leaf-loss season.

 

I forget anniversaries
of minor events
each event flames once
and drops
red trajectories cut and dried
sun-crinkled on the grey sidewalk.
Time runs out a little faster than before.

 

 

*Oriental plane, maple like leaves.

13 comments:

  1. ..tremendous thought fabulously penned!

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  2. I forget anniversaries of minor events...wonderful line here. Lovely once again.

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    1. sometimes not so minor ones also...thanks.

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  3. that is a pretty cool allusion between the events and the leaves...each getting one chance...i remember a few but mostly big ones....

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    1. not all anniversaries need be of positive events...better to forget the negative ones...sometimes they turn out difficult to forget though...thanks for reading

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  4. i'm not good with anniversaries as well...would be lost without my calendar...i like the mention of kashmir and..red trajectories cut and dried
    sun-crinkled on the grey sidewalk....

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    1. thanks for the feedback...women are supposed to be better at remembering anniversaries...a woman who doesn't draws a few raised eyebrows I find...

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  5. Time always seems to run out. Beautifully done!

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    1. the pace being somewhat erratic and unpredictable..thanks for your comment.

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  6. I especially like your last line here. Too true. k.

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    1. the days stand still, the minutes skip off...thanks for coming over.

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  7. This is a very beautiful poem. i am just going through all your old posts! Its always so exciting to find a new blog, wherein you can just go and gorge on all the old posts!

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