Interlude (22)

There’s another poem from the past that I want to bring into this story. It was written way back in March 2016. I see the old me in it, the urgency, the writing style and the struggle. But it belongs here and should be Part 20.1 – it was in effect, the foreword that didn’t know there would be a story written after it, six years later. But I’m putting at what is effectively the end of Section 1.

Here’s the poem- as it was written. The original post is here.

Where the nineties lie

go look if you must,
where they are, those years that passed,
hollowed-out days and kamikaze nights,
folded and creased,
out of the sun’s knowing reach;
put your hand through
that unremembered morass,
does she rustle in the echo of your breath,
a poem whose words have withered away,
memory holding an empty notebook
in its silent bones;
what is left of that day
when the moon turned tricks in the river,
silver arches heaving in her crescent arms,
how does it feel, that freedom,
decomposed, it’s insides peeling
flaccid and parched,
all those lines we drew,
dividing spaces, names,
tips of unyielding smiles sawn off
to fit our stencilled squares;
go look if you must,
the nineties are unravelling,
somewhere there,
sift through the ashen residue,
elbow deep in lifeless weeks,
the fetid air drawing you
into her timeless lair;
go look if you must,
carry a compass, a map,
mark your sky with motionless stars;
the unlived past is a nubile mistress,
i’m not sure
from where she lies,
there is a way,
any way,
back home.


7 thoughts on “Interlude (22)

    1. Thank you JYP! Well, this whole series is happening organically, there was no plan or storyboard when I began. So for now, just sticking to this format till I get to the end of it, I think. While the poems work, kind of, independently, I think the idea is that they are read together, in sequence, at some point!


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