Seeing Through The Night
by Bibhu Padhi (July 2013)
There are times when
One longs to know the night.
The neem tree in front of the house
That offers shelter
To ghosts and owls, stands
Without a name.
The road is a snake
gone into a long sleep.
Old homes are transformed,
reduced to stones and bricks.
Stretching myself along on the long sofa
that came to me through an inheritance,
I look across a distance that is
never true, imagine the hill
that will receive the first rain.
I believe there is some kind
of a meaning in the night--
a witness to the changes
of seasons and climates,
a stillness that spreads across
the small town.
After a long while
that seems like years,
the night that begins to look like
a child’s distant, midnight cry,
one of the nearer leaves,
and quietly goes to sleep.
Bibhu Padhi's seventh book of poetry, MIGRATORY DAYS A TRAVEL DIARY IN VERSE, was published in 2011. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, the most recent being THE HARPERCOLLINS BOOK OF ENGLISH POETRY (2012). He lives in Bhubaneswar, India.
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