Banaras – Poetry in Motion

Aamina Rahim

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When the Day lied “I don’t love the night…”

….GENESIS…it all began…

The mist rises from the sleeping river

As the sun sprouts from her arms

Throwing himself on the ‘falling’ night

His majestic shades overwhelm the ‘Sky Gods’

Seated on their thrones, they declare…

“Welcome Oh! Day…let this creation be awake!”

And slowly the ghats1 come alive…

The pigeons whirl in the ‘September’ sky

(Dyed in striking tones of orange, blue, white & light yellow)

The smoke ascends from the holy flames…

Narrating tales of incomplete lives, faint memories & dry tears

The old temples ‘crowning’ the ghats talk of faith…

Faith in the serenity of the divine river

Faith in every diya2 floating on her naked back

(Every diya in its flickering flame carries…

Countless prayers, tiny fantasies, ‘mute’ confessions)

My boat rows past many unfamiliar faces

Yet a certain familiarity is sketched on them…

Familiarity of an escaping life…

As my thoughts sink in the rising day

The majhi3 poses a queer question to me…

“Can the Day ever fall in love with the Night?”

(His voice slowly elapsed in to the fleeting silence

I can’t answer his question…

Many missing links it has!

And many questions are tied to this lone question…

But I have to give a reply…)

I draw a smile on my face (my subtle reply)

But the question is not leaving me…

(My heart whispers to me…

“Can water ever fall in love with Fire?

Can Death fall in love with Life?”)

I turn towards the majhi (to ask him something)

But before my words leave my lips…

The majhi softly hum’s (The glint in his eyes was blinding me)

“The night dances when the day kisses on her head…

And dissolves into her warm breaths…

And the Day sings when the Night hugs him

And flees into his gentle shadow…

They both love each other…

A love as magnificent as this creation

A love as infinite as the cosmos

A love as selfless as a tiny silkworm

A love as pure as the thoughts of a newborn

But a love as painful as sore memories

A love as condemned as Truth

A love as helpless as blood oozing from an innocent’s body

And a love as forgotten as the One who created us all!

But as some say…

‘Time leaves its footprints behind…’

And so has their love left its imprints on the moments…

Rattling between the (Falling/Rising) Night and the (Rising/Falling) Day

Dawn and Dusk-

The imprints of a love that still thrives amidst these old ghats

And this where their journey starts again…

Genesis…it all began…”

(His words again submerged into the silence…

But my thoughts kept flowing…

Like the ‘sleeping’ water of the divine river)

Chandan Gomes

 

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