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(17 September 1938 – 10 December 2009 / Gujarat / India)

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At Midnight in the Bakery at the Corner

At midnight in the bakery at the corner
While bread and butter-biscuits are being baked
I remember the Rahman of my childhood
And Asmat's sparkling eyes
Playing carom with me

At midnight in the bakery at the corner
While bread and butter-biscuits are being baked
I am boozing alone in my room
In front of me fried liver pieces gone cold in a plate
All my friends migrated to the Gulf

At midnight in the bakery at the corner
While bread and butter-biscuits are being baked
The wife of the Pathan next door enters my room
Closes the door and turns her back to me
I tell her, sister, go find someone else

When the bread develops its sponge, the smell
Of the entire building fills my nostrils.

Submitted: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Edited: Friday, April 13, 2012


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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (4/18/2014 12:05:00 PM)

    I like this poem very much...the last 2 lines suggest a lot without revealing too much...

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  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (4/23/2012 2:36:00 AM)

    i read until sister, when electricity was cut off last night. Then I read now, in the morning, and continue, sister, go and find someone else...Is this the hard truth that we have to live with? No comments! !
    the last two lines are full of fragrance. Well done, Dillip Chitre. Your mother should have congratulated you in heaven when you met here..

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