Free Verse | A House From the 1930s

Free Verse | A House From the 1930s
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First Published: Sat, Sep 19 2009. 01 15 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Sep 21 2009. 11 10 AM IST
Surely it has changed. See the garden,
once so variously cultivated, razed
but for two old and bending trees encircled
now by protective cement; or the child’s den
cut from some vast illogical passageway;
or minutely, the art deco trimmings along the terrace
shadowed by deep years of dirt; how the trace
of a cable missing into a hole may
stand in for great tangled tracts of concealed
wire; how inside, your picture might sharpen or fade,
in the bathroom, say, where all thought is still cancelled
between the ancient mirror and a brand-new blade.
Vivek Narayanan is a consulting editor for Almost Island and the author of a book of poems, Universal Beach.
Write to lounge@livemint.com
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First Published: Sat, Sep 19 2009. 01 15 AM IST