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Every afternoon
(for Pinku with apologies)

A Poem by:

Shimanta Bhattacharyya

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Every afternoon

I lean my eyes

Against the bright blue rim of the sea


Every afternoon

I unfurl my spindrift pennons

As I wait your return


A quiet hope laps round my heart

As the tides come in every afternoon

And drowns in a quicksand of sighs

As the tides go out. A battered sundial

On this blind-bleary shore

I keep the lengthening hours


As I watch my seamless shadow

Slip into your clothes

Every afternoon


Shimanta Bhattacharyya
Copyright © 2006

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