Monday, August 6, 2012

‘The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry’ – Ed: Sudeep Sen

My bindi
“All said and done, at fifty,
dear bindi, you brighten up
the day…’
“Each morning, I’ve something
to look forward to in the mirror,
and a game to play…
Which one of you
shall I use today?’
“A full-stop of red
to keep the ardent lover at bay?
An asterisk of gold
for the one I wish to amuse?
The black exclamation mark
for those curious to learn
how I juggle
fidelity with occasional flings?’
“Mark of the Hindu; fashion-statement
ever since Madonna took to you;
symbol of wedlock or mere
facial embellishment, dumb bindi,
eloquent in your shapes…’
“My Morse code of dots and dashes,
bindi, that flashes
the one I wish to invite…”
(p. 418, A poem by Smita Agarwal in ‘The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry’ – Ed: Sudeep Sen – Harper)

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