Hemang Desai

Rookie (8th July,1978 / Valsad)

The Original Sin

Poem by Hemang Desai

they say
an apple a day keeps
blinding darkness away in which
i never wanted to be consumed
i wanted my head to be hallowed
with flashing light
i wanted my body to be daubed with blazing beams
so i did what Adam did
ate the apple
but it got stuck in my neck
and became Adam’s apple
to dance at the tunes of all consuming dark of my ballooning stomach
and my self-size shadow always remains with me
the sun blinds my vision
wherever i cast a naked glance at it
i have to wear black goggles
i have become shy of the nakedness of my eyes
i keep the curtains drawn
over my dazzling windows to keep it away
and also to keep the black eyes of neighbours at bay
because in my dark room
i strive to unravel
the dark mysteries behind bikinis of bay-watch babes
i remain cautious and careful about
the bungling Buddha’s laughing face
it should straightly face the front door of my house
i stealthily sneak a sidelong glance at my horoscope
i always think
if only Adam had not eaten the apple.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 1, 2006