Shyamal Bagchee: Selected Poetry
Poetry » November 2001

heavy hour blues


-i-

it is about time
he lined up his prejudices
behind a one-way window
and asked old acquaintances
to pick out any still identifiable

yellow leaves few or more


-ii-

cheering on his lagging
libido to catch up
to a silvery desire
his life now parodies itself

the incongruence
of coasting down one slope
and groaning up another--
all at once.


-iii-


no simple matter this--
she of easy virtue
he of none
take it easy fella

couple compatible
in more ways
than one
easy does it best

-iv-

and when she asked, sounding rather miffed,
why, if he was all that middle-agey,
his hair was still so black

seeing that a thinning pate settles nothing
he grew a grey beard just to assert
he had taken each day's buffeting on the chin


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