Keki Daruwalla Poems

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1.
Migrations

Migrations are always difficult:
ask any drought,
any plague;
ask the year 1947.
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2.
Wolf

Fire-lit
half silhouette and half myth
the wolf circles my past
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3.
Before The Word

Corn is great, on the cob or otherwise,
but before corn in the ear there was life.
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4.
Fish

The sea came in with her and her curved snout
and her tin coloured barnacles
and long threaded rose moles
patterned on her body.
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5.
Suddenly The Tree

The hive slept like Argus
its thousand eyes covered with bees.
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6.
Sappho To Aphrodite

Long and lonely are my nights.
Come help me Goddess, end my blight;
her absence burns me, burns my sides
with love intense.
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7.
Map-Maker

Perhaps I'll wake up on some alien shore
In the shimmer of an aluminium dawn,
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8.
A Take-Off On A Passing Remark

Tall buildings impress me
the ones which cut off half the sky.
I like tall stories, even though false;
not the half-truth sleeping with the half-lie.
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9.
Underwater Notes

I am alone in the house.
It is warm
but I feel cold.
The doors swing open across the years.
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10.
Bars

If you want
a cage, my dear
you do not have
to travel far.
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