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FS: A human reaction

LETTERS FROM EXILE – IV - Hemant Mohapatra

I woke up at 2 a.m. with a start.
It was raining outside—birds
were angry, the streets full
of fire-engines —and I thought of you
after years: where are you now,
and how are you living, so far away,
with your black and white t.v.
by the window that opens
up to tea stalls, your single-bed
in a square apartment, walls
calendared with gods and goddesses
all the way back to nineteen
ninety-six. Tell me, my beautiful
loss, my hyacinth, how are you living
in the valleys of Dehra,
in that house you have made
with a young man you love.