IBPC November 2012

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Michael (MV)
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IBPC November 2012

#1 Post by Michael (MV) » 28 Oct 2012, 22:35


What about one of yours to represent?

Which one? Up to you.


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Re: IBPC November 2012

#2 Post by SivaRamanathan » 31 Oct 2012, 06:39

Train At Three Levels

the first 'thrain' lisped from your stories, how

as a child you enlarged two anna coins on the tracks

with the weight of the Salem Express

then tossed them into the pulp of the Cauvery

for the peace of your ancestors;

the poet in me borrowed only the image.

as a young girl I remember the Western ghats,

tunnels of frightful fun, elephants at work at Punalur,

a wish to fall into lily ponds, endless backwaters

making me wonder how they built those bridges

did the water come first or did it collect after the clouds let drop?

at twenty the train meant travelling into womanhood,

two girls and eleven boys, we were discovering our skin

and the power of touch with a group leader

(busy taking care of himself.)

when my daughter was a baby,

the train was a connecting link

to my parental home; my father carrying her

on his shoulders walking the coaches to make her breathe easy,

no longer leaving me almost always home-sick

living in a different water-less state;

now the train journey leading me only to think of afterlife.

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