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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 208-209
A case of identity

The Editors, Mens Sana Monographs, Mumbai, India

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Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

Tonight at a classical dance recital

          symbolizing the eternal quest of the soul-force for God

I too raised for myself some questions

As I saw the dancer adopt body twisted

          beautifully gymnastic postures

like a question mark put before me

          -who am I?

Am I the inquisitive streetwalker listening at pavements

          to snake charmers' aphrodisiac calls,

watching indolently as the fast cycling rogue

whirling past knocks her off, squeezes her breasts,

makes off

          and leaves me to pacify her smothered adolescence.

Or am I the automaton

That hangs on to footboards and breezes past in fast trains

          every morning and evening

the only sensation left in me being in my hands

          holding on for dear life, and in my lips

wolf whistling as I swirl past platforms.

Or just the nimble fingers

          typing away at jet-speed,

taking down bosses' notes, thumbing across wads of money,

          hand shaking

          with prospective customers.

Or just tongues, tongues and more tongues

with mounds and mounds of sugar and ghee and adulterated oils

          pouring it all into unknowing ears

furthering business prospects

          feeding everyone around in slow poison doses

and fattening on pure ghee, purity of expression, conscience.

So that I can decorate my drawing room with costly paintings and


watch expensive dance recitals

          and answer question marks once in a while.


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