Mens Sana Monographs
MSM POEMS 2012
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 195--196

And Bombay* became a Village**


 

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Yesterday

the lights went off

darkness descended to immerse the city

wrapping it in its cuddly embrace

And Bombay became a village.

The candles were lit

CD players stood black

silent

the TV was gagged

discoloured

black and white

And

peace reigned.

Some protesting urbanites

made frantic telephonic calls

some creased teenagers

made peeved noises.

But the electricity board

remained long merciful.

The din of the city

was muffled

but the sound and hush

of silences

reigned

and poured repose

into the tired ears of a spent Bombay

as it poured

pitter-patter, pitter-patter

on the roof above.

Mellow strings

of a forlorn guitar

were plucked somewhere

and came wafting through.

Soft whispers heightened desires

as the breeze through the trees

spoke

and caressed Bombay's tired soul.

Curtains lurked

windows stood to attention

plants in flowerpots

had splendid erections

enjoying

a few private moments

like furtive teenagers

snatched under cover of darkness

from ever tending

smothering

gazes.

A dog howled,

a cuckoo pleaded,

a Bombayite yearned.

Yes,

yesterday

the lights went off

the city went into repose.

And Bombay became a village.

And

a certain villager

fell in love with Bombay

once again.

Ajai R. Singh

14 Aug 2005