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Lizard Tree


there are nights
in a sky we left long
memory birds denied its waking
and beyond that
remains the forsaken
its thugs
still try to steal
a pallid dawn
where would we be going
a lizard creeping has grown a tree
when would we be going
the fort has snared a season again
how will you take me
an arid afternoon stone has broken
what happens after the last kite has been flown
you smiled the closeness of an approaching

Poem and Drawing by Amitabh Mitra


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    September 3rd, 2009 @13:29 #

    Amitabh, is there an actual Indian tree species called the lizard tree, or is this a metaphor? I like the hint of someone sheltering behind the tree. And on a completely spurious (yet associative) note, I rescued a tail-less lizard from a fluffy assassin yesterday...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Amitabh</a>
    September 3rd, 2009 @13:56 #

    No, there are no such species, just a metaphor
    That was really good of u
    Lizards are auspicious in India; they keep the house free of insects.


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