Arvind Krishna Mehrotra Poems

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Continuities

This is about the green miraculous trees,
And old clocks on stone towers,
And playgrounds full of light
And dark blue uniforms.
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2.
Inscription

Last night a line appeared,Unbidden, unsigned;
It had eight memorable
Syllables. I'll keep you,
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3.
Genealogy

I recognize my father's wooden skin
The sun in the west lights up his bald bones
I see his face and then his broken pair of shoes
His voice comes through, an empty sleeve.
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4.
To An Unborn Daughter

If writing a poem could bring you
Into existence, I'd write one now,
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5.
Two Lakes

Lakes do not happen
Only in geography.
I know one with a Japanese garden
And a limited zoo; it is surrounded
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6.
On The Death Of A Sunday Painter

He smoked a cherry-wood pipe, knew all about cannas,
And deplored our lack of a genuine fast bowler.
My uncle called his wife Soft Hands.
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7.
Mirza Ghalib In Old Age

His eyesight failed him,
But in his soldier's hands,
Still held like a sword,
Was the mirror of couplets.
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8.
Where Will The Next One Come From

The next one will come from the air
It will be an overripe pumpkin
It will be the missing shoe
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9.
Canticle For My Son

The dog barks and the cat mews,
The moon comes out in the sky,
The birds are mostly settled.
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10.
Bharati Bhavan Library, Chowk, Allahabad.

A day in 1923.
The reading room is full.
In pin-dropp silence,
Accountants, homoeopaths,
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