Ranjit Hoskote

(29 March 1969 - / Mumbai / India)

To The Sanskrit Poets - Poem by Ranjit Hoskote

Leave something behind: a trace of cloud
on a plate, a pair of white birds

shot by a hunter, an emerald brooch
that a shrub snatched from a princess in flight

or the archer's last prayer, spoken minutes before
his brother's arrow found his throat.

Leave us these threads to unravel, embroider:
secret messages inked in white

on white beneath the unsettled weeks
of postcards and air letters

that jam the mailbox while we're away.
Leave us the jigsaw of previous lives.

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  • (12/31/2017 7:35:00 AM)

    Feeling nostalgic Reminded me of Sanskrit kavya literature I used to study. Nice poem. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 26, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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