The Alipore Post x LOVER #2

Art by Rachna Ravi



Love Poem by Tishani Doshi

Ultimately, we will lose each other

to something. I would hope for grand

circumstance —  death or disaster.

But it might not be that way at all.

It might be that you walk out

one morning after making love

to buy cigarettes, and never return,

or I fall in love with another man.

It might be a slow drift into indifference.

Either way, we’ll have to learn

to bear the weight of the eventuality

that we will lose each other to something.

So why not begin now, while your head

rests like a perfect moon in my lap,

and the dogs on the beach are howling?

Why not reach for the seam in this South Indian

night and tear it, just a little, so the falling

can begin? Because later, when we cross

each other on the streets, and are forced

to look away, when we’ve thrown

the disregarded pieces of our togetherness

into bedroom drawers and the smell

of our bodies is disappearing like the sweet

decay of lilies —  what will we call it,

when it’s no longer love?

 

Recommended Listening: 

Moon Child - The F16s

Then We Go Out - Sky Rabbit (Messiah cover)

In the Footsteps – Sahil Vasudeva

She Sand Sea - Kumail

Hindustani Rascal - MLFNKTION

Mid-2016 Roundup: 10 of India’s best songs so far

 

Links:

Nether Magazine

Indianama

Keepers of the Sun

How the middle class makes love

India’s Paradise of Street Graphics

When Led Zeppelin visited India

Anglo-Indian-isms

 

 

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