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A collaboration over too much coffee.
coffee and pen

25 August, 2005

cleaning house

if you come back,
you'll find
no diary on the desk,
yellowed but intact
with the post-it note
stuck on the edge
flagging your hurried goodbye.

i saw it last,
arc out of the window
after i had brushed
all your footprints
out of this house,
and sat down exhausted
at my writing table.

i also wiped away
your fingerprints
from coffee mugs,
and cookie jars,
from my books, my clothes,
and my hair.

i have learnt to play the radio,
loud enough
to chase the off key songs
you sang in the shower.

but every time i walk
in the rain,
your damned laugh
still rings in my ear,
and the smell of wet earth
mocks me again,
reminding me,
that i still have your tee shirt
hidden in the bottom
of the old camphor chest
we lugged uphill
on that rainy sunday morning
from the village flea market.

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6 Comments:

Blogger annie said...

Nice. I sort-of like the hanging end - it's the poetic equivalent to walking uphill, and finding yourself at the edge of a cliff. So you just stop, right where you are... want to do a part 2, though?

25 August, 2005 12:17  
Blogger The Andaman Diaries said...

after a long time, back in form
pleasurable read.

25 August, 2005 20:39  
Blogger SPECKLED_BAND said...

Good-oh!!! The 'offkey singing' was a touch :)

:)))

26 August, 2005 07:32  
Blogger suniti said...

LOVELY :))) Loved the - I wiped away you fingerprints ... bit.Such a familier ritual.
BTW- You could have made it a bit longer.

26 August, 2005 14:38  
Blogger bikkuri-bako said...

welcome back!
and i see a familiar angst.
you excel, my friend, with wonderful imagery from lost love.

26 August, 2005 19:20  
Blogger John said...

i saw it last,
arc out of the window
after i had brushed
all your footprints
out of this house,
and sat down exhausted
at my writing table.

I like these words, truly, do!

J

01 September, 2005 11:14  

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